Toolkit Modules

The toolkit consists of four modules and other resources that will help ICUs uncover local defects, implement interventions to prevent ventilator-associated events, and build a sustainable safety culture.

Module on How To Apply CUSP for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) is a proven method for preventing harms—including healthcare-associated infections—that combines improving patient safety culture, teamwork, and communication together with evidence-based practices. The CUSP principles can help you facilitate implementation of the technical bundles to improve care for mechanically ventilated patients.

Technical Bundles Module

This module provides materials to support implementation of the following:

Ventilator-Associated Events and Outcome Measures Module

This module has materials to help units accomplish three goals: monitor ventilator-associated events (VAEs) and outcome measures, assess progress in reducing VAEs and improving outcomes, and make evidence-based determinations about the care of ventilated patients.

Sustainability Module

This module helps everyone involved in performance improvement and patient safety sustain effective safety practices in the care of mechanically ventilated patients.

Other Resources

This section has links that provide additional evidence-based information and recommendations for preventing ventilator-associated events in mechanically ventilated patients.

Page last reviewed January 2017
Page originally created December 2016
Internet Citation: Toolkit Modules. Content last reviewed January 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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