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COMMENTARY
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-105

National Approach to Standardize and Improve Mechanical Ventilation


1 Department of Intensive Care, King Abdulaziz Medical City, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center,Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Emergency and Intensive Care Departments, Medical City, King Saud University, Adult Intensive Care Development Program Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Deputyship of Curative Services, Ministry of Health, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 National Emergency Medicine Development Program, Ministry of Health, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Intensive Care, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
7 Department of Quality and Patient Safety, King Abdulaziz Medical City, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
8 Department of Intensive Care, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
9 Military Medical Services, Ministry of Defense, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
10 Department of Intensive Care, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
11 Department of Intensive Care Services, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
12 Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Madinah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
13 Department of Medicine, Medical and Clinical Affairs, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
14 Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, College of Medicine, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (M.S.A.), Dammam, Saudi Arabia
15 Department of Health Informatics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh,Saudi Arabia; College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
16 Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
17 College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Development and Quality Management, Medical Services King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
18 College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yaseen M Arabi
Department of Intensive Care, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/atm.ATM_63_19

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NASAM (National Approach to Standardize and Improve Mechanical Ventilation) is a national collaborative quality improvement project in Saudi Arabia. It aims to improve the care of mechanically ventilated patients by implementing evidence-based practices with the goal of reducing the rate of ventilator-associated events and therefore reducing mortality, mechanical ventilation duration and intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay. The project plans to extend the implementation to a total of 100 ICUs in collaboration with multiple health systems across the country. As of March 22, 2019, a total of 78 ICUs have registered from 6 different health sectors, 48 hospitals, and 27 cities. The leadership support in all health sectors for NASAM speaks of the commitment to improve the care of mechanically ventilated patients across the kingdom.


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