Proactively Preventing Ventilator-Associated Events

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Ms. Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM

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Webinar Summary

Preventing healthcare-associated infections — such as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) — remains a critical priority for hospitals and other healthcare facilities due to associated increases in mortality and morbidity, prolonged hospital stays and higher cost of care. However, when it comes to VAP, clinical practice is now shifting from a narrow focus on this specific condition to the much broader universe of ventilator-associated events (VAEs).

This webinar will explore the spectrum of and criteria for VAEs, the current shift in perspective from VAP to VAE and how best to reduce negative patient outcomes — including evidence-based interventions and best practice prevention strategies, plus potential implementation barriers and how to overcome them.


  • Discuss the rationale for a change in CDCs previous VAP surveillance criteria to the new broader 2013 VAE algorithm which includes VAP.
  • Describe evidence-based VAE and VAP preventive strategies.
  • Identify a minimum of three VAE/VAP prevention interventions for implementation in your hospital.


Ms. Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM

Ms. Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM

Suzanne (Suzi) Burns is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia (UVA) and an independent consultant specializing in critical and progressive care nursing and clinical nursing research. She speaks and publishes widely on topics such as weaning, mechanical ventilation and clinical research, and is the inventor of the Burns Wean Assessment Program (BWAP). Ms. Burns has received numerous awards and honors from organizations including UVA, the UVA School of Nursing Alumni Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau. She is also a past member of the AACN Board of Directors.

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