Cleaning Out VAEs


If there is a primary downside to housing the sick and their caregivers in one place – albeit a large one – it comes in the capability of infectious diseases to develop and spread, particularly among those patients who require the use of more invasive equipment, such as those with respiratory diseases and conditions.

The prevalence of these sorts of infections, called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) – or ventilator-associated events (VAEs) when they are specific to a ventilator – is such that a rapidly increasing number of hospitals and healthcare organizations have developed efforts and task forces aimed solely at addressing these issues, such as Minnesota’s Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network (CHAIN).

With the World Health Organization predicting recently that drug-resistant superbugs and infections will be a greater cause of death than cancer by 2050 and with a reported 5-10% of medically-ventilated patients in the ICU developing VAEs, ADVANCE asked two experts to weigh in on protocols they have helped implement and strategies they would recommend for reducing and eliminating HAIs, and VAEs specifically. Read more in the cover story of this digital edition.

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