Compared to baseline, New Jersey's hospitals have reduced VAP by 12 percent, avoided 73 potential VAP infections and saved $1,530,709 in unnecessary healthcare costs.
New Jersey’s hospitals have implemented processes and protocols to constantly assess patients and their need to remain on ventilators. Many New Jersey hospitals have gone months at a time without a single case of VAP.
This was accomplished in part through hospital participation in collaborative efforts:
AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients