Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Rebecca Beck-Little

Abstract

Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit is the most commonly encountered infection in the intensive care unit and can be linked to increased morbidity, increased mortality, increased mechanical ventilation days, increased hospital length of stay, and increased cost. A retrospective, correlational study examined the effect of compliance with a ventilator bundle protocol in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit on aggregate VAP rates. The study's primary focus was to determine if interventions performed by critical care nurses reduced the incidence of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. The study utilized the retrospective collection of electronic medical records, trauma registry records, and hospital epidemiology records of the sample population.

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