from Álvarez-Lerma et al. 2018
published in Crit Care Med 46: 181-188
DOI 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002736

Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: The Multimodal Approach of the Spanish ICU “Pneumonia Zero” Program

Optimized processes and interventions can lead to a reduction of specific HAIs (e.g. urinary tract infections)

Prospective, interventional, and multicenter study. The bundle consisted of seven basic mandatory measures and three highly recommended measures: strict hand hygiene, oral hygiene with CHX and semirecumbent positioning. Implementation of ten VAP prevention measures resulted in a significant reduction of more than 50 % of the incidence of VAP in Spanish ICUs. VAP incidence density rate decreased from 9.83 per 1,000 ventilator days to 4.34 after 19-21 months of participation. Reduction of the incidence density rates were independently from hospital size.