|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 177-178
Bundle of care approach to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in the intensive care unit in a tertiary care teaching hospital in North India
Varun Goel1, Savita Gupta2, Dakshina Bisht1, Rashmi Sharma3
1 Department of Microbiology, Santosh Medical College and Hospital, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Santosh Medical College and Hospital, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||28-Feb-2019|
Dr. Savita Gupta
Department of Anaesthesia, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Goel V, Gupta S, Bisht D, Sharma R. Bundle of care approach to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in the intensive care unit in a tertiary care teaching hospital in North India. Lung India 2019;36:177-8
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Goel V, Gupta S, Bisht D, Sharma R. Bundle of care approach to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in the intensive care unit in a tertiary care teaching hospital in North India. Lung India [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Mar 25];36:177-8. Available from: http://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2019/36/2/177/253189
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most serious treatment-related infections resulting in increases risk of mortality and morbidity. Patients at risk of VAP must be managed with a “bundle of preventive measures.” The implementation of care “bundles” is simple sets of evidence-based practices that, when implemented collectively, help to create reliable and consistent care systems and improve patient outcomes. The VAP bundle, which is derived from the IHI bundle, is composed of the following five major interventions: (1) Head-of-bed elevation between 30 and 45; (2) a daily “sedation vacation” and a readiness-to-wean assessment; (3) peptic ulcer disease prophylaxis; (4) deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis; and (5) daily oral care with chlorhexidine (a new intervention added since 2010).
We evaluated the impact of the bundle care approach in VAP in intensive care units (ICUs). The study period was 15 months between November 2016 and January 2018 which was divided into three phases, each comprising 5 months – pre-VAP bundle phase, post-VAP bundle phase, and late postimplementation phase. During the pre-VAP bundle phase, the baseline VAP rates for ICU were calculated as per the standard healthcare-associated infections (HAI) surveillance guideline laid down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's NHSN, 2016. During the post-VAP bundle phase, besides the five primary interventions adopted from the IHI bundle, and Five Moments for Hand Hygiene by the WHO was added to the daily quality rounding checklist. The concerned doctors and nurses of the ICUs were educated (both by mass lectures and bedside training) about the importance of adherence to the bundle care approach. During the late postimplementation phase, the bundle care forms were continued to be used by the ICUs. At monthly meetings, performance feedback was provided to concerned ICU doctors and nurses by communicating and reviewing the rates of practices performed.
Demographic characteristics of ICU patients from the pre- and post-VAP phases are given in [Table 1]. Month-wise VAP rate of ICU during the study is given in [Figure 1]. About 35.8% of these patients had multidrug-resistant bacterial growth in their endotracheal aspirate with some Gram-negative bacteria more than Gram-positive bacteria. There was a statistically significant steady decline of VAP rate from preimplementation to late postimplementation phase from 16.12 to 13.15/1000 ventilator days (P = 0.009; 95% confidence interval = 1.22–6.31). Many studies have documented a similar decrease in VAP rate, following bundle implementation., Khan et al. showed the rate of VAP decreased from 8.6/1000 ventilator-days to 2.0/1000 ventilator-days (P < 0.0001) after implementation of the care bundle. This study suggests that the systematic implementation of a multidisciplinary team approach can reduce the incidence of VAP. Overall, our results support the use of VAP prevention bundle in clinical practice.
|Figure 1: Month-wise ventilator-associated pneumonia rate of intensive care unit|
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We like to give our gratitude to the residents of the Department of Anaesthesia and Microbiology, and most importantly, the infection control nurses of SMCH for their immense help during data collection.
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