VAP: Prevention & Control

What is STEGH doing to improve patient safety?

STEGH is participating in the VAP CLI Canadian ICU collaborative. This collaborative involves hospitals across Canada who by using and sharing evidence based learning has developed key methods aimed at reducing central line infections. STEGH has a multidisciplinary health care team who are actively working through the implementation of all components and measuring our VAP data to identify our compliance and infection rates.

STEGH continues to implement the ‘Just Clean Your Hands’ hand hygiene program through out the hospital. We audit our compliance with this program and share the results with staff so that we can identify any areas of improvement.

What can patients do to help reduce their chances of infection?

For all patients who are ventilated, we are keeping the head of bed greater than 30 degrees day and night unless medically contra-indicated. If you notice the head of bed lower, please ask the staff why the head of bed is down, as a reminder.

Frequent hand cleaning is a good way to prevent the spread of infection. Hand hygiene involves everyone in the hospital, including patients.

More patient-specific information is available at:

Visit the Ministry of Health Care and Long-Term Care website to view other hospital's rates<

If you have any questions about this ;information or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact us.