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What does it mean?

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a type of lung infection that occurs in people who are on breathing machines or ventilators in hospitals. As such, VAP typically affects critically ill persons that are in an intensive care unit (ICU). VAP is a major source of increased illness and death. This indicator measures the number of Ventilator associated pneumonias happening in the ICU per 1000 ventilator days.

What does it indicate?

The lower the rate of infection, especially in critical care areas implies stringent protocols and infection control practices as well as quicker recovery for the patient.

Bench Mark Reference 2014-2015 Revised Bench Mark 2015-2016 2016-2017
4.16 National Healthcare Safety Network 1.33 per 1000 ventilator days 0.9 1.59 per 1000 ventilator days 1.49 per 1000 ventilator days

* References chosen for the benchmark of each indicator, are the best of class for that respective indicator
** All values audited and validated by the Apollo Clinical Audit Team

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