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Covidien and Hollister Present:
From VAP to VAE: Implications for the Respiratory Therapist

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

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:

  1. Compare ventilator-associated pneumonia and ventilator-associated events.
  2. Describe the tiered approach used to identify ventilator-associated events.
  3. Discuss opportunities for respiratory therapists to implement strategies that reduce ventilator-associated events.

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