VAP, Pneumonia, Mechanical Ventilation, Aspiration
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Many patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are critically-ill. Those are that mechanically ventilated are also at risk for nosocomial infections that can negatively affect the patients health. Oral hygiene care, early mobilization, spontaneous breathing trials, and aspiration precautions are all interventions that many hospitals have incorporated into standard practice to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The importance of these interventions are discussed; along with the pathophysiology of VAP and how healthcare providers can positively impact the millions of patients every year that are affected by nosocomial infections.
Adkins, Brittnay, "Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia" (2017). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. 255.