SaVE originates from a ventilation care bundle developed in Bundaberg Hospital by ED Nurse Educator, Samantha Hoole.
Various factors such as vast geography and organisational can lead to patients requiring invasive ventilatory support being cared for over extended periods in the ED.
These patients are at high risk for hospital acquired conditions such as lung injury, ventilator acquired pneumonia and pressure injuries. Routine nursing and medical interventions can significantly reduce the risk of harm, however, there is a lack of knowledge and confidence in ED clinicians who infrequently care for ventilated patients.
SaVE provides a valuable resource to manage this issue and to ensure patients are receiving the best possible care.