Ventilator associated pneumonia

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Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Abstract Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is a hospital acquired infection occurs in the intensive care unit (ICU) for the patients who are on mechanical ventilator. It further complicates the hospital course by extending the length of stay, increase the cost of treatment, and increases the mortality rate. It is estimated that about 1% to 3% patients on mechanical ventilator develops VAP per day. Compared to the previous years, the Chlorhexidine mouth care and other ventilator bundle strategies decreased the VAP rate. Evidence based research studies proved that almost 89.7% reduction in VAP occurs after the implementation of ventilator bundle and other care related to it (Hutchins et al,…show more content…
Review of Literature Arroliga, A. C., Pollard, C. L., Wilde, C. D., Pellizzari, S. J., Chebbo, A., Song, J., Ordner, J., Cormier, S., & Meyer, T. (2012). Reduction in the Incidence of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Respiratory Care, 57(5). 688-696. DOI: 10.4187/respcare.01392 VAP is one of the common hospitals acquired infections, which got significant importance in following evidence based practice to prevent it. The authors of this study used a retrospective single center observational cohort study, done in the ICU at Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas. The study took almost two years for its completion. The research team implemented the ventilator bundle about 258 patients in mechanical ventilator. The limitations of the study were its retrospective nature, single center study and the database does not have metrics for severity, such as Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) score. The research team identified there was a significant decrease in the number of VAP rate and the use of antibiotic rate in the treatment of VAP was also decreased in patients who received evidence based oral care. The team concluded by stating that the VAP rate is relatively low when the respiratory therapist is giving mouth care at least twice a day with Chlorhexidine. Following the simple evidence based practice like oral care can
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