AACN's national office will be closed for a summer pause from July 15-19, 2024.

COMBAT VAT: Preventing Pediatric Ventilator-Associated Tracheitis

Author(s): Krista Finley, BSN, RN, Jessica Olsen, BSN, RN, CCRN, Caitlyn Romoser, MSN, RN

CERP A 0.40

Expires Jun 06, 2027

Topics: Pulmonary

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

This activity will NOT be recognized for ANCC and CA BRN accredited contact hours.

This activity will be recognized for Synergy CERPs hours for the education presented.

See Continuing Education Disclosure Statement for more information.

Added to Collection

Activity Summary

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and ventilator-associated tracheitis (VAT) are common complications of mechanical ventilation, but VAT prevention is often overlooked to focus on VAP. Our CSI team created an evidence-based VAT prevention bundle using the mnemonic COMBAT VAT ― Change equipment, Oral care, Maintain closed circuit, Bed elevation And Thorough hand hygiene. Six months post-implementation of the COMBAT VAT bundle, the CICU had achieved a 37% decrease in VATs and a 14% decrease in CLABSIs.


  • Discuss key concepts of a direct care nurse unit change project
  • Apply tools and methods shared in their own unit

Continuing Education Recognition Points Disclosure

Providing access to an educational activity does not imply endorsement by AACN of the content or any products mentioned.

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) are recognized by the AACN Certification Corporation to fulfill educational requirements for certification. Some state boards of nursing and other certification organizations may recognize CERPs as meeting CE Contact Hour requirements. Nurses should consult with their state board or credentialing organization before submitting CERPs to fulfill CE Contact Hour requirements.