Huntersville Medical Center

Ventilator associated pneumonia

At Novant Health, we support the nationwide effort to ensure that patients coming into the hospital with specific conditions receive recommended care. These recommendations are based on years of research on interventions that have been proven to improve outcomes for these conditions.

What are we doing to improve?

We want to eliminate all ventilator associated pneumonia. In our intensive care unit improvement team meetings, we share best practices from each hospital. We promote adherence to safe practices, including: keeping the head of the bed elevated between 30 and 45 degrees, neutralizing stomach acid with medication, keeping a pressure cuff inflated on the breathing tube to block stomach contents, reducing mouth bacteria with oral care and reviewing daily the need for the breathing tube and removing it as soon as is safe.