Advisor(s)

Megan Lieb, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Nursing, Health & Behavioral Sciences
m-lieb.2@onu.edu

Jamie Hunsicker, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Health & Behavioral Sciences, Nursing
j-hunsicker@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Problem: Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most prevalent but also most preventable nosocomial infections. Patients with VAP, have poorer outcomes, increased hospitalization, and increased costs. There is no standardized protocol for prevention of VAP. Recent evidence has shown that oral care, routine suctioning and patient positioning may decrease the incidence of VAP and improve patient outcomes.

Aims: The purpose of this project is to determine the effect of VAP education on nurses' knowledge and implementation of VAP prevention.

Methods: Education on ventilator associated pneumonia was developed using recent literature and facility protocols. The sample included all nurses on a critical care stepdown unit who completed the surveys. Education was provided during AM & PM shift changes. Both verbal education and pamphlets were used. VAP knowledge and prevention interventions were measured pre-education and two weeks following education using an author developed survey.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that education will increase nurses' knowledge and implementation of prevention interventions.

Conclusion: According to the pertinent findings, it would be beneficial to incorporate yearly VAP prevention education for nurses. Future research should focus on larger sample sizes to confirm these findings and the best educational interventions for prevention.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

Problem: Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most prevalent but also most preventable nosocomial infections. Patients with VAP, have poorer outcomes, increased hospitalization, and increased costs. There is no standardized protocol for prevention of VAP. Recent evidence has shown that oral care, routine suctioning and patient positioning may decrease the incidence of VAP and improve patient outcomes.

Aims: The purpose of this project is to determine the effect of VAP education on nurses' knowledge and implementation of VAP prevention.

Methods: Education on ventilator associated pneumonia was developed using recent literature and facility protocols. The sample included all nurses on a critical care stepdown unit who completed the surveys. Education was provided during AM & PM shift changes. Both verbal education and pamphlets were used. VAP knowledge and prevention interventions were measured pre-education and two weeks following education using an author developed survey.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that education will increase nurses' knowledge and implementation of prevention interventions.

Conclusion: According to the pertinent findings, it would be beneficial to incorporate yearly VAP prevention education for nurses. Future research should focus on larger sample sizes to confirm these findings and the best educational interventions for prevention.