Development of an RN Champion Model to Improve the Outcomes of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

Carol Robinson, Marci Hoze, Stacy Hevener, Amy Nichols

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Abstract

Healthcare-associated infections are costly. Methods to prevent infections must be effective and provide a return on investment to be sustainable. A funded project supported the design and implementation of a unique quality and safety model, using unit-based quality and safety RN champions. The goal was to create and sustain a hospital-wide safety culture focused on preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) by adopting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's VAP bundle. The program began with a pilot in 7 ICUs. Using the RN champion model resulted in the reduction of the incidence of VAP, cost avoidance, and decreased length of stay. Six years later, each adult ICU reached "zero zone".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Intensive Care Units
Safety
Safety Management
Cross Infection
Length of Stay
Delivery of Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Incidence
Infection

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Development of an RN Champion Model to Improve the Outcomes of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Patients in the Intensive Care Unit. / Robinson, Carol; Hoze, Marci; Hevener, Stacy; Nichols, Amy.

In: Journal of Nursing Administration, Vol. 48, No. 2, 01.02.2018, p. 79-84.

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