Michigan hospitals reduce VAP by over 70 percent

Hospitals in Michigan reduced the rate of pneumonia in patients who are on ventilators by over 70 percent by using a targeted quality improvement initiative called Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), according to a press release from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

According to the article, CUSP includes tools to improve communication and teamwork among ICU staff teams and mandates practices such as checklists and hand washing to reduce rates of catheter-related bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. The CUSP approach was also used in the The Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone ICU project, and was found to lower patient mortality in ICU’s by ten percent in a study in the British Medical Journal.  

AHRQ is supporting the nationwide implementation of the CUSP model for reducing hospital associated infections (HAIs) through by reaching more hospitals and other settings in addition to ICUs and applying the approach to various HAIs. 

(Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Press Release, http://www.ahrq.gov, February 17, 2011; http://ahanews.com, February 18, 2011)