Ventilator-associated pneumonia: Improved clinical outcomes

Debbie Davis Keith, Kitty M. Garrett, Gayle Hickox, Becky Echols, Elaine Comeau

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Nosocomial pneumonia is the second most costly infection occurring in US hospitals. It is associated with high mortality and morbidity and is considered one of the most difficult infections to diagnose and prevent. In 1999, St Joseph Hospital formed a multidisciplinary Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Performance Improvement Team to tackle the myriad of issues involved in the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia and the care of this high-risk patient population. The accomplishments of the team were significant, with a 95% reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-333
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004


  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Outcomes
  • Performance improvement
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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