Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is defined as a pneumonia (a serious lung infection) occurring in patients in the ICU requiring, intermittently or continuously, mechanical ventilation through either a tracheostomy or endotracheal tube for more than 48 hours.

TBRHSC is reporting the Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) rates for the ICU in our facility into the Critical Care Information System (CCIS). Data is entered daily into CCIS and public reporting will be on a quarterly basis. Strategies have been implemented to prevent and monitor VAP rates including the CCIS reporting, ‘Safer Healthcare Now’ bundles and ongoing education to front line staff.

Public reporting of our VAP rates is not intended to serve as a measure for hospitals to compare themselves against other organizations or for the public to use as a measure of where to seek care. Tracking rates over time will provide us with helpful information that we can use to make quality improvements over time.

Reducing the incidence of VAP will help improve patient care and safety, decrease ICU and hospital lengths of stay, and improve access to the system.