Decreasing Ventilator-associated Pneumonia: Getting on BoardLaux, Lori MSN, RN; Herbert, Cheryl CIC, RNCritical Care Nursing Quarterly: July-September 2006 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 253–258 SPECIAL FEATURE Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors The prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has been a quality effort that many organizations across the country have undertaken. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the best practices to prevent VAP for our organization were established. Through the interventions of securing the patient resuscitation bag in one location, maintaining the patient's head-of-bed elevation to more than 30° if not contraindicated, Yankauer suction tip care, and the use of chlorhexidine mouth rinse, the incidence of VAP decreased by 43% within a 6-month time frame. Additional ventilator-associated prevention efforts such as sedation and weaning protocols have been established to further enhance preventive efforts. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. Corresponding author: Lori Laux, MSN, RN, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 East North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.