WHAT IS A VENTILATOR-ASSOCIATED PNEUMONIA (VAP)?

Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is defined as a pneumonia occurring in patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) requiring external mechanical breathing support (ventilator) through a breathing tube for more than 48 hours. 

WHAT IS BEING MEASURED? 

total # of ICU cases of VAP after 48 hours of mechanical ventilation X 1000
total # of ventilator days for ICU patients 18 years and older

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? 

Safe and effective care is a top priority to ensure positive outcomes for patients at Temiskaming Hospital. Temiskaming Hospital regularly monitors and reviews infection rates and uses this information to implement best practice protective measures to improve patient care and safety. 

All hospitals with Intensive Care Units are required to report into the Critical Care Information System (CCIS) – a centralized data collection system where hospitals report a variety of critical care information – must publicly report the VAP indicator data.

WHAT IS THE TARGET? 

Temiskaming Hospital aims to have no incidence of VAP. The provincial average for January 1 to March 31 2016 was 0.83.

HOW ARE WE DOING? 

There was no incidence of VAP during the last quarter, between January and March 2016.

Reporting Period VAP Rate
per 1000 Mechanically Ventilated Days
Number of New Hospital Acquired VAP Cases
Q1 April-June, 2015-16 0 0
Q2 July-Sept, 2015-16 0 0
Q3 Oct-Dec, 2015-16 0 0
Q4 Jan-Mar, 2015-16 0 0
Q1 April-June, 2016-17 0 0
Q2 July-Sept, 2016-17 0 0
Q3 Oct-Dec, 2016-17 0 0
Q4 Jan-Mar, 2016-17 0 0

 

To learn more about the Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, please visit www.ontario.ca/patientsafety