Pump Up Oral Care: Reducing NIMs and VAP

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis, Indiana) – Cardiac Medical Critical Care Unit

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Project Topic

Preventing infection-related ventilator associated complications (IVACs)

CSI Participants

Clara Monroe, RN, BSN, PCCN, CCRN-CMC
Annette Pieper, RN, BSN, PCCN, CCRN-CMC
Sally Yurchiak, RN, BSN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To increase oral care compliance at the bedside
  2. To reduce respiratory nosocomial infection markers (NIMS)
  3. To prevent IVACs

Project Outcomes

  1. Maintained zero IVACs in the unit
  2. Increased oral care compliance from 24 to 68 percent
  3. These outcomes resulted in a projected annual fiscal impact of $21,782.

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