Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

What is a Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)?

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Patients with mechanically-assisted ventilation have a high risk of developing healthcare-associated pneumonia.  Acquiring pneumonia in a healthcare facility can be serious for the patient, and preventing ventilator associated pneumonia is a priority at OHSU. 

VAP Surveillance

Physicians will notify the department if they suspect a ventilated patient has develop a VAP, and an Infection Preventionist will review the chart to determine if the patient meets the CDC's NHSN VAP definition.