Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Children who are receiving intensive care and are struggling to breathe on their own will likely need to be placed on a ventilator. After a long period of time, ventilator-associated pneumonia can develop in the lungs due to bacteria buildup.

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Graph showing decreasing rates of ventilator associated pneumonia from fiscal year 2012 to second quarter fiscal year 2024

Graph displays fiscal year data

What can you do to help:

  • Remind anyone who is around the patient – visitors, medical staff, etc. to clean their hands and sanitize
  • Clean your hands before and after you touch your child
  • If you smoke, quit. Children who are exposed to smoke may get more infections
  • You can ask your care team regularly about raising the head of the bed, when your child may be ready to breathe without the ventilator and how often healthcare providers clean your child’s mouth

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