The NYSPFP Initiative to Reduce Ventilator-Associated Events is designed to work with hospitals to assess existing practices and then advance improvements in ventilator care through the implementation of evidence-based best practices.
To reduce ventilator-associated events by 40%.
NYSPFP’s approach is to 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.
Hospitals will focus on spreading the interventions throughout all critical care units. NYSPFP will 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.
The following document provides an overview of the goals, objectives, timeline, and measurement strategy for the NYSPFP VAE Initiative.
NYSPFP has posted quality improvement examples, submitted by participating hospitals that demonstrate quantitative successes. Please click on the link below to access: