VAP Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia. By: Erika Rodriguez RN, BSc Shanay Jackson RN Stephen Jaime RN, BSc Mykell Johnston RN, BSc Ashley Valencia RN, BSc Mayra Valenzuela RN, BSc. Ventilator Associated Pneumonia. VAP is defined as :
By: Erika Rodriguez RN, BSc
Shanay Jackson RN
Stephen Jaime RN, BSc
Mykell Johnston RN, BSc
Ashley Valencia RN, BSc
Mayra Valenzuela RN, BSc
VAP is defined as:
(Urden, et. al, 2006)
In ventilator dependant patients does oral care and suctioning using high-low, closed-suction and oral suction lower the incidence of ventilator associated pneumonia?
For patients on a mechanical ventilator:
Initial Ventilator Orders @ ECRMC
Decrease VAP by the following methods:
2006: 8 VAP cases
2007: 5 VAP cases
2008: 3 VAP cases
2009: 0 VAP cases
According to AACN (2008), the best nursing practices in preventing VAP effectively are a combination of:
AACN Practice Alert (October, 2007). Oral Care in the Critically Ill.
AACN Practice Alert (January, 2008). Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.
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