ICU patient safety streak at 3 years and running
Seven Oaks Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team was recently presented with a 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the WRHA Critical Care Program for its astounding 1,125 Ventilator Days without a single acquired Pneumonia case!
The streak is over three years and still running!
Pneumonia is a common risk for ventilated patients because the tube inserted to facilitate mechanically–assisted breathing can allow the passage of bacteria into the lower lungs for someone who already has a compromised respiratory system.
Prevention strategies include exemplary hand hygiene and equipment sterilization and careful use of sedation.
Congratulations to the Seven Oaks ICU team!