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NCD Pacing Event: Ventilator-Associated Events

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Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 9/20 Pacing Event: “Ventilator-Associated Events: Reporting Accuracy and How One Hospital is Learning from Its Data”

To further support the HIINs and hospitals in their work on ventilator-associated events (VAE), this Pacing Event provided an opportunity to continue the discussion of accurate data collection and other opportunities for improvement.

The discussion began with a focus on VAE reporting completeness and accuracy in the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) by briefly reviewing the VAE algorithm, discussing common misconceptions, and providing guidance on potential reporting pitfalls. Building on benefits of collecting this information, the session then turned to an example of one hospital’s in-progress journey to improve the care of ventilator patients based on findings from their data collection. A respiratory therapist and an infection preventionist from the Rush University Medical Center described how they have worked together to use data to identify root causes and to continue to monitor improvements, as well as discuss a specific oral care bundle they are implementing.

Specifically, the session included presentation from:

  • Cindy Gross, MT, SM (ASCP), CIC, Infection Prevention Consultant for the Protocol and Validation Team of the NHSN at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and
  • Ankeet Patel, MSc, RRT-ACCS, Clinical Manager, Adult Care Section, Division of Respiratory Care, and Edward Goodwin, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, at Rush University Medical Center (Vizient HIIN). 

The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).

To view and download slides from this Pacing Event, click here.

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