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Health Watch: Hospitals taking steps to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia

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Ventilator Associated Pneumonia or VAP strikes 10 to 20 percent of mechanically ventilated patients in the U.S. Hospitals across the country have made some changes and adopted ventilator care guidelines created by the CDC to reduce the cases of VAP. West Georgia Health in LaGrange is one of those hospitals. When it comes to infections picked up in a hospital, VAP is the leading cause of death.

“The death rate’s about 27 to 46 percent. That’s about 250,000 times per year, per infection,” said Ralph Duraski, Director of Pulmonary Medicine at West Georgia Health.

Since February 2009, the hospital has not seen a single case of VAP. Duraski credits the staff which takes steps such as positioning the bed for proper drainage, strict oral hygiene for patients, and making sure to protect the ventilator tubes from extra humidity, water and secretions.

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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