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Authors

  1. Robinson, Carol MPA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  2. Hoze, Marci MPA, BSN, RN
  3. Hevener, Stacy MSN, RN, CCRN
  4. Nichols, Amy A. EdD, RN, CNS

Abstract

Healthcare-associated infections are costly. Methods to prevent infections must be effective and provide a return on investment to be sustainable. A funded project supported the design and implementation of a unique quality and safety model, using unit-based quality and safety RN champions. The goal was to create and sustain a hospital-wide safety culture focused on preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) by adopting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's VAP bundle. The program began with a pilot in 7 ICUs. Using the RN champion model resulted in the reduction of the incidence of VAP, cost avoidance, and decreased length of stay. Six years later, each adult ICU reached "zero zone."