HAPPEN is Saving Lives

HAPPEN (Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Prevention by Engaging Nurses) began in October 2016 at the Salem VA Medical Center’s community living center (CLC) and has spread to every VA hospital in the nation. We predict that over $200M and countless lives will be saved by this initiative annually.

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The HAPPEN team is collaborating with VA leaders, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Joint Commission, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), insurers including Medicare and Medicaid, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, academia, and private industry to develop a national research agenda, policy, and an implementation/ marketing plan for the nation.

HAPPEN team members at each site include professionals in nursing, medicine, infection control, quality management, dental, speech and language pathology, and others.

Providing consistent oral care to hospitalized Veterans and long-term care residents cuts the risk of developing pneumonia in half.

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VA hospitals that have implemented the program report a decrease in pneumonia rates of 40–60%. Implementation does not require a significant investment in either time or money.


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