Only 18 miles separate the small city of Huntington, W.Va. (pop. 49,000), from the rural town of Wayne, W.Va. (pop. 1,105). But there is a much wider gulf in the character of the two communities, said Daniel Whitmore, ACP Member, who divides his time between both.
The Institute of Healthcare Improvement's guidelines for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia are, by now, well-known. But there are many more tactics that health professionals could be using to prevent the illness.
Open dialogue among departments helped reform systemic flaws
Legislators, payers and quality-of-care advocates across the nation are considering requiring hospitals to report ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) rates as a way to benchmark quality of care and penalize poor performers.
It accounts for 5% of all cases of gastrointestinal hemorrhage. It requires an average of 7.3 diagnostic tests, five hospitalizations and 46 units of blood per patient to evaluate.