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Developing a New, National Approach to Surveillance for Ventilator-Associated EventsExecutive Summary: VAE Surveillance: Executive Summary

Shelley S. Magill, MD, PhD; Michael Klompas, MD, MPH; Robert Balk, MD; Suzanne M. Burns, RN, ACNP, MSN, RRT; Clifford S. Deutschman, MS, MD; Daniel Diekema, MD; Scott Fridkin, MD; Linda Greene, RN, MPS; Alice Guh, MD, MPH; David Gutterman, MD; Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, ANP-BC; David Henderson, MD; Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT; Nicholas S. Hill, MD; Teresa Horan, MPH; Marin Kollef, MD; Mitchell Levy, MD; Edward Septimus, MD; Carole VanAntwerpen, RN, BSN; Don Wright, MD, MPH; Pamela Lipsett, MD, MHPE
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From the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (Drs Magill, Fridkin, and Guh and Ms Horan), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; Department of Population Medicine (Dr Klompas), Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, MA; Infection Control Department (Dr Klompas), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (Dr Klompas), Arlington, VA; Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Balk), Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; Critical Care Societies Collaborative–American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine (Drs Balk, Deutschman, Gutterman, Hill, Kollef, Levy, and Lipsett and Mss Burns and Hammer); School of Nursing, Critical and Acute Care (Ms Burns), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Dr Deutschman), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Division of Infectious Diseases (Dr Diekema), University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA; Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee Surveillance Working Group (Dr Diekema), Atlanta, GA; Infection Prevention and Control Department (Ms Greene), Rochester General Health System, Rochester, NY; Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (Ms Greene), Washington, DC; Department of Medicine (Dr Gutterman), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Department of Cardiology (Ms Hammer), Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI; Hospital Epidemiology and Quality Improvement (Dr Henderson), The Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Department of Respiratory Care (Dr Hess), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Department of Anesthesia (Dr Hess), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; American Association for Respiratory Care (Dr Hess), Irving, TX; Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Hill), Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA; Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Kollef), Washington University, St. Louis, MO; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep (Dr Levy), Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI; Department of Internal Medicine (Dr Septimus), Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX; Infectious Diseases Society of America (Dr Septimus), Arlington, VA; New York State Department of Health (Ms VanAntwerpen), Bureau of Healthcare-Associated Infections, Albany, NY; Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (Ms VanAntwerpen), Atlanta, GA; Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Dr Wright), US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC; and Department of Surgery (Dr Lipsett), Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Correspondence to: Shelley S. Magill, MD, PhD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, MS A-24, Atlanta, GA 30329, Phone: (404) 639-0291; e-mail: smagill@cdc.gov


For editorial comment see page 1429

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, or the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Funding/Support: The work described herein was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2013;144(5):1448-1452. doi:10.1378/chest.13-1640
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Editor’s Note:This article is an executive summary of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Surveillance Definition Working Group, entitled “Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events” and published in Critical Care Medicine (Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, et al. Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events. Crit Care Med. 2013;41(11):2467-2475.). The full report provides a comprehensive description of the Working Group process and outcome.

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