Mechanical ventilation is required in up to 50% of all critically ill patients during their hospital course. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is not uncommon and is known to be associated with increased morbidity, mortality and length of stay. Currently, there is a renewed focus on VAP due to the financial reimbursement with a pay for performance fee structure. The pathogenesis of VAP is hypothesized to be due to the introduction of bacteria into the sterile lower respiratory tract. This article addresses the CDC recommendations for the known modifiable risk factors for VAP, back rest elevation, maintaining endotracheal tube cuff pressure, selection of endotracheal tube and placement, ventilator circuit care, de-contamination of oral flora, and minimizing sedation in the mechanically ventilated patient.
Expiration Date: 01-19-2018
This course is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
Before You Begin
- Register for a free account at http://www.saxetesting.com/cf/register.php . You will need your Respiratory Therapist license number during registration. Remember to log into your account before you begin.
- Review the PDF on CDC Recommendations on Preventing VAP (Issue 17) http://www.clinicalfoundations.org/assets/cf_17.pdf
- You may need to get Adobe Acrobat reader if you are not able to read the article.
- Remember: you must register and log-in before you are able to take the online test!
- Take and pass the Test (Issue 17). You will only be allowed 2 attempts. http://www.saxetesting.com/cf/
- Once completed, complete the short survey, and the certificate will be available for you to print.
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