Tuesday, November 13, 2012
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m
Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC
Assistant Director of Respiratory Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, RESPIRATORY CARE
Because the definition for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is subjective and may be unreliable, the CDC convened a multidisciplinary group to develop a new surveillance definition. The result is a tiered approach that focuses on ventilator-associated events (VAE), including ventilator-associated conditions (VAC), and infection-related ventilator-associated complication (IVAC).
This presentation will:
- Compare ventilator-associated pneumonia and ventilator-associated events.
- Describe the tiered approach used to identify ventilator-associated events.
- Discuss opportunities for respiratory therapists to implement strategies that reduce ventilator-associated events.