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CUSP for VAP: EVAP

CUSP for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is a five-year quality improvement project aimed at reducing the rate of VAP in hospitals in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, this project uses a VAP prevention bundle created by Armstrong Institute researchers, an educational program and implementation of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to prevent this often fatal complication.

Individual hospitals in Maryland and Pennsylvania participated in this project for a three-year period, which includes a two-year intervention phase and a one-year evaluation of sustainability.