New Toolkit Aims to Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new Toolkit to Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients.

The toolkit was developed to help hospitals make care safer for intensive care unit (ICU) patients who require the assistance of a ventilator to breathe. The web-based toolkit provides technical bundles, literature reviews, sample protocols and other resources to help ICU staff use the best recommended daily care processes at the bedside; support patient mobility as soon as clinically possible to speed healing and reduce complications; and apply low tidal volume ventilation practices to reduce potential complications.

Providers, including ICU staff, can use this toolkit to apply the proven principles and methods of AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to reduce complications for patients on ventilators, including ventilator-associated pneumonia.

The toolkit includes resources used by hospitals that participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients and is now available on the AHRQ website.