Ventilator-associated pneumonia (or VAP) is an airway infection that can develop quickly among patients who need the help of a breathing machine (ventilator.) This type of pneumonia can be deadly.
VAP prolongs the time a patient needs a ventilator to breathe; 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.