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
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