Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Non-Ventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

The Non-Ventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia-related morbidity and mortality. Actionable steps to improve non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for prevention and recognition of non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • Knowledge base on early detection and treatment of non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • How to educate patients and family members about non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia prevention, recognition, and treatment
  • Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia rates and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive summary

The Problem Hospital-acquired pneumonia is the #1 hospital-acquired infection (HAI), with non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP) representing over 60% of cases (Magill, O’Leary, & Janell, 2018). Preventing even 100 cases of NV-HAP is estimated to save $400 million, 700-900 hospital days, and the lives of 20-30 patients (Quinn, Baker, Cohen, Stewart, Lima,

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