Prevention Of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

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Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Ventilator- associated pneumonia is a common infection in patients admitted to the ICU. With the increasing rate in of ventilator associated pneumonia it is estimated that it may “account for up to 60% of all death from healthcare- associated infections( HAIs) in the U.S”( Ventilator Associated Pneumonia, 2015 ) . This statistic has made ventilator-associated pneumonia one of the top concerns in the health care setting. It is estimated that ventilator- associated pneumonia increases patient stay in the ICU and it generates “ an increase cost of $20, 000 to $40, 000” ”(Ventilator Associated Pneumonia, 2015). In dealing with ventilator- associated pneumonia prevention is crucial. Several guideless have been develop to decrease the occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia but the most important measure is continuous education. So, in ICU healthcare workers does the use of an easy to complete questionnaire to assess personal knowledge and clinical practice help prevent ventilator associated pneumonia compared to not having an user friendly assessment tool? In a research study, ICU healthcare workers were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire related to personal knowledge of ventilator- associated pneumonia prevention. The most recognized prevention guidelines of ventilation associated pneumonia were the use of a semi-recumbent position and the need to have written guidelines in the unit, more than 90% of the health
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