Tag: infection


Anesthetic Use The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an Interpretive Guideline on Anesthetic Use for Hospital Procedures. This guideline restricts injection of intravenous sedatives for procedures (including emergency intubation) to “qualified” practitioners, a definition that does not include critical care and emergency medicine nurses. The Critical Care Society Collaborative (CCSC) was concerned about […]


Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Ventilator Associated Events (VAE) The generally accepted definition of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) refers to a parenchymal lung infection that arises more than 48 hours after endotracheal intubation. However, this definition is inadequate because diagnosing VAP requires high clinical suspicion combined with bedside examination, radiographic examination, and microbiologic analysis of respiratory […]

Patient Consent

Patient Consent in Quality Improvement Projects. The CCSC along with the National Association for Medical Directors of Respiratory Care and the Society of Hospital Medicine, worked together to urge the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to reconsider a ruling that Michigan hospitals should have received patient consent when instituting an “ICU checklist” that had […]

HAI Awards

In 2011 the CCSC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a national awards program to motivate the healthcare community to achieve wide-scale reduction of healthcare-associated infections. Criteria is tied to national standards as outlined in the HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections. The initial year of the program saw […]