Be an Inspiration Against Aspiration

Keck Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California

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Project Topic:

Aspiration prevention

Hospital Unit(s):

5 West Cardiothoracic ICU

CSI Participants:

  • Ashely Madrid, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC
  • Alicia Norman, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Fernando Rivera, BSN, RN
  • Rhoy Tabafunda, BSN, RN, CCRN

Project Goals/Objectives:

  1. Decrease the incidence of aspiration 40%
  2. Increase nursing compliance to 90% in utilizing the Yale Swallow Protocol within one year

Project Outcomes:

  1. Decreased incidence of aspiration 3 cases or 40%
  2. This project outcome resulted in a potential annual fiscal impact of $136,000.

Project Overview:

In fiscal year 2022, the 5 West Cardiothoracic ICU reported 15 cases of aspiration pneumonia. To prevent aspiration, our hospital utilizes the Yale Swallow Protocol as a screening tool for patients diagnosed with stroke and newly extubated patients.

Based on our pre-implementation survey, we determined that the 5 West staff were not consistently using the Yale Swallow Protocol. The CSI team educated our core staff, some float pool staff, and some registry staff about the Yale Swallow Protocol, including where to find it in the electronic health record. We created a golf game poster to highlight staff who completed the Yale Swallow Protocol and a lung tree to spotlight the number of days without an aspiration.

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