The goal of the VAE Initiative is:
- To reduce ventilator-associated events.
The objectives of the VAE Initiative are:
- Achieve compliance with the traditional ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) prevention bundle, including head of bed (HOB) elevation of 30 degrees or more; peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis; daily sedation “vacation”; and regular evaluation of readiness to wean.
- Achieve compliance with oral care protocols.
- Implement or enhance activity and mobility protocols.
- Implement or enhance sedation reduction or elimination protocols.
- Reinforce teamwork practices in the critical care setting.
NYSPFP approach to VAE:
With guidance from the NYSPFP Infection Prevention Workgroup, the VAE Initiative will follow the collaborative methodology to rapidly advance improvements in ventilator care. Hospitals will assess existing ventilator care practices, and then focus on implementing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary reduction program via an evidence-based bundle. Hospitals will focus on spreading the interventions throughout all critical care units. Hospital participants will also have the opportunity to learn from peers, sharing best practices and lessons learned through learning sessions and ongoing conference calls and webinars. NYSPFP will also analyze the data from the transition of VAP to VAE surveillance to provide hospitals with feedback on lessons learned and, potentially, critical analyses of the outcome rates and comparability of VAP and VAE rates.
NYSPFP VAE Overview and Calendar of Events:
The following two documents provide an overview of the goals, objectives, timeline, and measurement strategy for the NYSPFP CAUTI Initiative. Additionally, a calendar of upcoming Webinar events by date and topic is below for your reference.
- VAE Informational Document
- VAE Education Calendar
NYSPFP has posted quality improvement examples, submitted by participating hospitals that demonstrate quantitative successes. Please click on the link below to access: