Join AHRQ’s National Project to Improve Care for Mechanically Ventilated Patients
AHRQ, through a contract to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Baltimore, is seeking hospitals to collaborate on a project to improve outcomes for patients on mechanical ventilation. The project focuses on safely shortening the duration of ventilation to prevent both short-term harms, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia, and long-term effects such as physical disabilities, lingering cognitive dysfunction and psychiatric issues. Removing mechanical ventilation as soon as safely possible not only prevents harms, but can also increase hospital efficiency by shortening length of stay.
Orientation for the final project session begins in late July 2015. There is no fee to participate.
Q&A Session Next Week
Please join us on Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. ET for a special question-and-answer session for hospitals who are considering joining this effort. Register here: https://jhmi-events.webex.com/
Why Participate in This Project?
- Use evidence-based interventions to safely shorten the duration of ventilation, to reduce ventilator-associated harms, and to improve long-term outcomes through delirium prevention and early mobility.
- Harness data to drive improvement, using online tools to track performance in measures related to mechanical ventilation.
- Tap into the wisdom of frontline staff and foster a culture of safety by adopting the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP).
- Collaborate with patient safety researchers who have led successful national efforts to reduce preventable harm.
Scientific expertise and educational presentations for this project are provided by the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Institute. Program support provided by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s Keystone Center.
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