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|Intensive Care Infection |
|Brief Explanation of Treatment |
|Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Rate per 1,000 Ventilator Days ||Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is a lung infection that can happen to patients who are on ventilators (machines to help hem breathe). This infection is very serious. About 15 percent (1 or 2 out of 10) of patients on ventilators get VAP. About half (50 out of 100) the patients with VAP die from it. |
Some hospital patients need help breathing, either because they have just had a major operation or because they are very ill. These patients are often placed on a ventilator, a machine that supplies regular breaths through a tube inserted in the patient’s mouth, nose, or through a hole in the front of the neck. Most of these patients recover, and the ventilator can be removed.
|Central Line Related Blood Stream Infection per 1000 Line Days ||Patients who need frequent intravenous (IV) medications, blood, fluid replacement and/or nutrition may have a central venous catheter (or “line”) placed into one of their veins. This line can stay in place for days and even weeks. |
Lines are often very helpful. But sometimes they cause infections when bacteria grow in the line and spreads to the patient’s bloodstream. This is called a “catheter-related bloodstream infection” (CR-BSI). It is very serious and 20 percent (or 1 out of 5) of patients who get CR-BSI die from it.
* The percentage includes only patients whose history and condition indicate the treatment is appropriate. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your treatment. Back to top