Meet-the-Professor Session:
11. Early Success and Challenges in Ventilator-Associated Event Reporting to NHSN
Thursday, October 3, 2013: 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 104 (Gateway Ballroom)
Developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learning Objectives:

Challenges with accuracy, sustainability, and clinical relevance of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) surveillance has been well described. With extensive input and support from the critical care professional community, CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) retired VAP surveillance in adults as of 2012, and began surveillance of ventilator-associated events (VAE) in 2013. Assessments of the feasibility of performing VAE surveillance, clinical relevance, and correlation of changes in measures of this event alongside VAP prevention initiatives are eagerly anticipated. This session will present a summary of the early experience with this surveillance in NHSN, problems and solutions in development, and data demonstrating the clinical relevance of VAE in the context of active VAP prevention efforts. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe the key aspects of initiating surveillance for VAE, maximizing efficiency based on the experience of early adopters in NHSN
  • cite and implement any necessary modifications to VAE surveillance coming for 2014
  • describe key component of effective VAP prevention bundles
  • describe the current evidence that implementation of VAP prevention bundle (Wake up and Breathe) is associated with decreased VAE, and improved patient outcomes

Target Audience: scientists, researchers, public health practitioners, microbiologists, infectious diseases physicians, infection preventionists, hospital epidemiologists, epidemiologists

Tracks: Investigative ID, Epidemiology and Infection Control, Adult ID

Meet-the-Professor:  Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FIDSA, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

CME Credits: Maximum of 1.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

ACPE Credits: No CPE credit is offered for this session.

ACPE Number:


M. Klompas, None

Findings in the abstracts are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. PST, Oct. 2nd with the exception of research findings presented at the IDWeek press conferences.