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Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is an infection that develops in a person who is on a ventilator, or breathing machine. Ventilators can be life saving but also make it easier for patients to get pneumonia. Nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists and other healthcare workers use evidence based best practices to prevent VAP such as keeping the head of the bed up 30 – 45 degrees, checking the patient's ability to breathe without the machine every day so that the ventilator can be removed as soon as possible, washing their hands before touching the patient or the ventilator, and cleaning the inside of the patient's mouth every day.

What are we measuring?

The graph shows the number of VAP cases on our designated ventilator patient units throughout the hospital.

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What is our performance telling us?

The graph shows that since January of 2011 there have been only two cases of ventilator assisted pneumonia occurring anywhere throughout JFK. This is a low incidence of VAP. Our healthcare team follows best practices and is committed to continue to keep the focus on avoiding VAP.