Research Medical Center
March 07, 2011

Patricia Conley, RN, MSN, and Julie Nauser, PhD, RNAt the symposium for Greater Kansas City Nursing Professionals: Magnetizing KC on February 10, the 12-month study conducted on 4 West titled Implementing An Oral Care Regimen To Reduce The Incidence Of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia was awarded 1st Place Overall Poster. It was an honor to represent Research Medical Center in collaboration with Research College of Nursing for this recognition. The study began with the goal to establish evidence for an effective oral care regimen to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia, which decreased from 7.0 to 1.1 per 1,000 ventilator days with implementation of the regimen. The results have contributed to our evidence-based practice to improve patient care, which is the number one priority at Research Medical Center and supported by the Research College of Nursing.

This study also highlights the benefits of collaboration and teamwork. The study team was comprised of Patricia Conley, RN, MSN (primary investigator); Julie Nauser, PhD, RN (co-investigator); ruth woronick, RN, BSN, CCrN; Jason graff, MD; and David McKinsey, MD. While Ms. Conley provided the clinical expertise critical for the design, implementation of the study, data collection and data entry, Dr. Nauser contributed to the study in the areas of database management and data analyses. The larger part of this team included the staff on 4 West who diligently participated in this venture by providing the oral care regimen each shift to the patients enrolled in the study.

Though data collection and analyses is complete, the results will continue to be disseminated at several venues, including the Practice Council at Research Medical Center. In addition, a manuscript is being written to publish the findings. We are proud to be a part of Research Medical Center’s journey to gain Magnet status. The journey is ongoing and we will continue to seek evidence that supports our practice to provide quality care.

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who supported this study, including Cyndi Johnson, RN, MHA, chief nursing officer; Lori Spight, RN, BSN, 4 West director; and Myra Merritt, RN, BSN, 4 West clinical manager.