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Improving Care for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Patients on mechanical ventilation are an extremely vulnerable subset of the intensive care unit population. Approximately 9.3 percent acquire ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), the most lethal of hospital-acquired infections. They are also vulnerable to a host of other harms, such as delirium and acute lung injury. Through a contract awarded in September 2013 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Armstrong Institute is leading a three-year national collaborative project that aims to reduce the rates of ventilator-associated events, including VAP, get patients out of the ICU faster and reduce readmissions. By eliminating ventilator-associated harms, we can save patients’ lives, prevent suffering and reduce health care costs.

Hospitals: Register now for the next cohort

We encourage acute-care hospitals from across the United States, including Puerto Rico, to participate in this effort to improve the care of mechanically ventilated patients. Registration for the next two-year cohort is now open. Orientation calls for participating organizations will begin in November 2014, and project implementation starts in January 2015.

Get registration forms and directions.

Participants will use evidence-based interventions to reduce ventilator-associated harms, to shorten the duration of ventilation, and to improve outcomes through such steps as getting ICU patients moving earlier. They will also adopt the Comprehensive-Unit-Based Safety Program to foster a culture of patient safety and give frontline providers the tools and support needed to tackle hazards in their care areas.

cusp4mvp low detail diagramClick the image above to view a more detailed diagram overview of the program.

Informational webinar

Hospitals and coordinating entities, such as state hospital associations, can learn more about this opportunity to improve patient care by joining a webinar in late September. Meet our team, learn about your organization's role in this effort, and how your unit(s) could benefit from participating.

If you cannot join the webinar online, call 855-282-6330 and enter the access code 663 195 701.

For more details, email


This initiative leverages the capabilities of other leaders in the field, including faculty from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute for their scientific expertise, and MHA Keystone Center for program support and coordination.

Project portal

If your team is already participating in this project, or to review presentations, tools and other content from it, visit the CUSP for Mechanically Ventilated Patients project portal.

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