U-M Health System Receives Quality Award from HHS for Decrease in Ventilator-associated Pneumonia

Today, our Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit were awarded an outstanding achievement and leadership award for eliminating ventilator-associated pneumonia. Because of U-M’s “best practice” plan of care, treatment and prevention, ventilator-associated pneumonia decreased nearly 10-fold in the SICU and nearly 6-fold in the TBICU since 2003.

This is the second award for UMHS from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, which is composed of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine. Last year, we received the 2011 USDHHS/CCSC outstanding leadership award for achievements in eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections.

This award brings great pride to the University of Michigan Health System and is wonderful recognition of the important work we are doing to improve quality of care.

I would like to express my personal congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in this impressive achievement.

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