AHRQ Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients
About This ProjectComplications related to ventilator use in ICU patients are not uncommon. VAP is one such complication, affecting as many as 20 percent of ICU patients who require a ventilator for more than 48 hours. Complications such as VAP increase the likelihood of hospital readmission, long-term health problems, and death. They also increase the costs of care. Many complications related to ventilator use, including VAP, are largely preventable.
To address this problem, AHRQ has funded a 3-year project to help staff in intensive care units use CUSP principles to reduce complications from mechanical ventilation, including VAP.
This ongoing project is expected to be completed in fall 2016. At the conclusion of this project, the materials used by project participants will be assembled into a toolkit of evidence-based, practical resources that others can use at no charge.
Project PartnersThis project is conducted through a partnership that brings together subject matter experts and providers in the field. Partners for this project include—
- Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.
- Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center.
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.
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