Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE)

Mechanical ventilation is an essential, life-saving therapy for patients with critical illness and respiratory failure. Patients who receive mechanical ventilation are at high risk for complications and poor outcomes including death. In Tennessee, ventilator-associated events (VAE) have been reportable to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) since January 1, 2016, from all adult inpatient locations within long-term acute care hospitals.

For detailed reporting requirements, please see the information provided below.

Which health care facilities need to report?

All long-term acute care facilities (LTACs) are required to report VAEs.

Which units within these facilities must report information?

The following units are to provide the necessary information:

  • All adult inpatient locations

What information must be reported?

Regarding numerator data, ventilator-associated events meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Healthcare Safety Network (CDC/NHSN) case definition must be reported.

The following should be reported for denominator data:

  • Patient days
  • Ventilator days

How should the information be reported?

Those who report must use the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) software application.

For more information see the following links.

VAE Numerator

VAE Denominator

CDC Location and Descriptions