Health system uses eICU to reduce VAP

An article in HealthLeaders Media discusses the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) efforts to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), which is among the most-acquired conditions by ventilated ICU patients. In an attempt to reduce VAP, UPenn Health System (UPHS) in Philadelphia uses telemedicine—through a preexisting electronic ICU (eICU)—to monitor patients, resulting in cost savings of more than $138,000 across two years.


Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has been a constant headache for hospitals around the country, and on the list of IHI interventions since the inception of the 100,000 Lives Campaign in 2006. It is one of the most-acquired conditions by intensive care unit (ICU) patients on ventilators and its presence exacerbates existing conditions, as well as adds costly days spent in the ICU.


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(SOURCES: HealthLeaders Media,, accessed May 26, 2009; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, May 26, 2009)