Module on How To Apply CUSP for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

This module demonstrates how to apply the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) method to improve care for mechanically ventilated patients.

CUSP Guide for Reducing Ventilator-Associated Events in Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PDF File, 375.5 KB)

This guide supports the adaptive elements of patient safety work, including the science of safety, learning from defects, and improving teamwork and communication in the acute care setting. It includes step-by-step instructions for using the tools and educational slide sets to apply CUSP to the care of mechanically ventilated patients.

Tools To Support CUSP Implementation

Premortem Tool (Word File, 1.59 MB; Text Version)

Use this tool to help you assess potential failure points, brainstorm the potential reasons for the failure, and then develop a plan to mitigate these problems.

Structural Assessment Data Collection Tool (Word File, 1.59 MB; Text Version)

This data collection tool helps you track your progress on incorporating recommended policies and procedures to improve outcomes for mechanically ventilated patients.

Staff Safety Assessment (Word File, 1.58 MB; Text Version)

Use this tool to tap the wisdom of your frontline staff and proactively identify how the next patient will be harmed and how to get the next patient safely off the ventilator faster.

Physician Champion Checklist (Word File, 880 KB; Text Version)

This tool offers guidance to your physician champions to facilitate use of CUSP in improving care for mechanically ventilated patients.

CUSP Educational Slide Sets

These slide sets provide an overview of CUSP and its implementation in the care of mechanically ventilated patients, including principles such as the science of safety, identifying and addressing defects, assessing your unit’s safety culture, and promoting the engagement of staff, physicians, senior executives, and patients’ families.

Overview of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program for Application to Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PowerPoint Slide Presentation,  4.32 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.58 MB)

Forming a Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program Team (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 3.66 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.85 MB)

Science of Safety and Identifying Defects in Care of Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 9.94 MB -  Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.43 MB)

Assess Patient Safety Culture Using the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety (PowerPoint Slide Presentation,  1.82 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.83 MB)

Action Plan for Translating Research Into Practice: Gap Analysis and Tests of Change (PowerPoint Slide Presentation,  4.66 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 3.49 MB)

Physician and Staff Engagement (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 1.77 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.51 MB)

Engaging Senior Executives in Care of Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 2.12 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.31 MB)

Learn From Defects in Care of Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 2.24 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 4.56 MB)

Daily Goals During Interdisciplinary Rounds (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 1.75 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 4.39 MB)

Patient and Family Involvement in Care of Mechanically Ventilated Patients (PowerPoint Slide Presentation,  2.98 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 3.24 MB)

Build a Business Case for Quality Improvement (PowerPoint Slide Presentation, 1.79 MB - Text Version; Facilitator Guide - Word File, 2.94 MB)

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Page last reviewed March 2017
Page originally created January 2017
Internet Citation: Module on How To Apply CUSP for Mechanically Ventilated Patients. Content last reviewed March 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/tools/mvp/cusp.html