Care model results in zero ventilator-associated pneumonias
Suffolk, Virginia - February 2010 - Sentara Obici Hospital recently marked three consecutive years with zero cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This pneumonia can develop in patients connected to a ventilator or breathing machine for 48 hours or more. VAP is considered a life-threatening infection given the patient is already critically ill.
Sentara Obici Hospital is the second Sentara hospital to initiate a model of care that has resulted in zero cases from VAPs for a three year period or more. . “This achievement recognizes the care and extraordinary commitment provided by the critical care team to all of our patients on a daily basis,” according to Marianne Walston, Director of Nursing for Emergency and Critical Care Services.
VHA, a voluntary national organization focused on healthcare financial performance through clinical excellence and supply chain management, has “blueprinted” the ventilator practices Sentara utilizes to educate healthcare organizations across the country on this model of care.
“This milestone speaks to the superior outcomes enjoyed by some of the sickest, most frail patients at Sentara Obici Hospital,” says, Dr. Jeff Forman, Medical Director of the ICU at Sentara Obici Hospital. “Our team of physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists” always stays focused on delivering excellent patient care in the ICU and throughout the hospital.”
Hospital acquired infections not only compromise the health of the patient, but they add to the cost of health care. Much emphasis has been placed in recent years on the reduction of hospital acquired infections, many of which were at one time considered an inevitable event for many patients.
“While we celebrate this accomplishment and recognition, we also remain focused on continuing to provide the very best and safest care to our patients,” adds Forman.