Ventilator-associated pneumonia (or VAP), an airways infection that can develop quickly, is the leading cause of death among hospital-acquired infections.
VAP prolongs the time a patient is dependent on a ventilator, the length of an ICU stay (almost always required for treating VAP), and the length of hospital stay after discharge from the ICU. Read more about VAP.
If your loved one needs a ventilator to assist in breathing, take this checklist to the nurses to help you collaborate on strategies for preventing VAP. It will be well worth the effort because this form of pneumonia is almost entirely preventable with extra precautions in care.