Thursday, June 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.
Summary from 6/7 Pacing Event: “VAE Surveillance and Prevention: Understanding the Change from VAP to VAE and Prevention Strategies”
This Pacing Event addressed the topic of ventilator-associated events (VAE). The session began with a discussion of the underlying intent of the CDC’s change from ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) to VAE, then progressed to the sharing of best practices in the surveillance and prevention of VAE. Specifically, this event provided HIINs and hospitals with information to help them understand the importance of expanding VAE efforts beyond infection prevention, as well as the inclusion of a broader range of considerations aimed at improving the quality of care to patients receiving mechanical ventilation. In addition, VAE efforts must be tailored to each facility, and this session included two examples of hospital-level efforts to address and prevent VAE.
The session featured presentations from:
- Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA, professor at Harvard Medical School, and hospital epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who discussed the limitations of VAP and the CDC’s change to VAE, as well as strategies for optimizing the surveillance and prevention of VAE; and
- Gail Gates, BSN, RN, MPH, CIC, Infection Preventionist at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque (Iowa HIIN) and Cassie Davenport, RN, BSN, MBA, CPHQ, Director of Patient Safety and Quality, and Cathy Reinhart, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Critical Care Unit, at Williamson Medical Center in Tennessee (HRET HIIN), who discussed successes with VAE at their respective facilities, including the multiple disciplines engaged in this work, specific strategies for monitoring and addressing opportunities for improvement, and keys to their success.
To view and download the slides and recording from this Pacing Event, click here.
Update from June 7 Pacing Event on VAE Surveillance & Prevention: New Resources Posted
Thank you to our HIIN and hospital partners who joined the June 7 NCD Pacing Event, “VAE Surveillance and Prevention: Understanding the Change from VAP to VAE and Prevention Strategies,” which featured subject matter expert Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA (Brigham and Women’s Hospital), along with staff from Mercy Medical Center Dubuque (Iowa HIIN) and Williamson Medical Center (HRET HIIN). Thanks to an engaged audience, there were many excellent questions asked of the presenters. For those questions that were not answered during the live webinar, written responses have been gathered from the presenters and are now available on the CoP. In addition, Mercy Medical Center Dubuque has shared a copy of its Learning from Defects tool, which several audience members requested. To access these materials, as well as the slides and recording from this event, please click here.