Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE) – prevention strategies
VAE Gap Analysis
The Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE) Prevention Strategies includes a checklist of core and enhanced prevention strategies. Core prevention strategies should always be in place. Examples include:
- Provide patient/family education.
- Elevation of the head of the bed.
- Daily sedation vacation/readiness to extubate.
- Prophylaxis of peptic ulcer disease.
- Prophylaxis for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Documentation practices.
- Education specific to ventilator-associated events.
Tools for VAE Road Map Topics -
Supporting VAE Reduction
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VAE Antimicrobial Worksheet. A National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) worksheet designed to help identify patients who meet the “Infection-related Ventilator-Associated Complication” (IVAC) surveillance definition. The worksheet also helps staff organize a patient’s antimicrobial administration data to determine whether the IVAC antimicrobial criterion is met. To use, you must be familiar with the VAE surveillance definition algorithm and protocol and have access to the patient’s Medication Administration Record (MAR). (1-page PDF)
VAE frequently asked questions. FAQs from the National Healthcare Safety Network. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (23-page PDF)
VAE Protocol, April 2015. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (47-page PDF)
Surveillance Resources for VAEs. Training, webinars, case studies, protocols, data collection, calculator, worksheets, analysis resources, and supporting materials. For in-plan surveillance for neonatal and pediatric patients, see PNEU/VAP.