MHA Keystone Center Hosts Session on Ventilator Management

Posted on October 26, 2018

Research has indicated that more than 300,000 patients in the U.S. annually require mechanical ventilation as a means of life support treatment. However, complications can arise from ventilators, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary embolism or edema, and sepsis.

The MHA Keystone Center recently hosted a virtual educational session on ventilator-associated events (VAE) for its members to have open and robust discussions on VAE definitions, prevention, protocols and best practices. In addition, attendees discussed roles and responsibilities of care teams, how to better engage physicians, and the importance of collecting and monitoring VAE surveillance criteria.

The event was held by the Illinois Health & Hospital Association Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety Patient Safety Organization on behalf of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN), and livestreamed at MHA headquarters, Okemos, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Fitchburg, WI.

The GLPP HIIN provided the session to engage broader multidisciplinary teams in VAE prevention and clarify surveillance protocols. VAE affects a multitude of clinical teams and departments and it is imperative to engage those who have an impact in influencing others.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Tags: GLPP HIIN, ventilator-associated harm, ventilator

Posted in: Patient Safety and Quality

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