VAP is among the most widespread intensive care unit nosocomial infection; it
can be prevented by oral care.
To explore the impact of implementing American Association of Critical Care
Nurses Endotracheal Tube and Oral Care procedure (AACN ETT& OC) on the
rate of Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) development in Jordanian
mechanically ventilated patients.
A quasi-experimental design with control group was used.
VAP was statistically significantly higher among the control group, as compared
to the intervention group (12.5% and 4% respectively, P <0.01). In the
intervention group, the VAP rates decreased by 50% and the mean length of
mechanical ventilator usage decreased from 7.3 to 5 days. The mean time to start
VAP was extended from 2.3 days in the intervention group to 4.9 days in the
control group. A significant decrease was found in mortality rates; from 20%
(15/72) in the control group to 13.9% (10/75) in the intervention group, P <0.01.
Implementation of this procedure reduces hospitalization, morbidity, mortality