National Approach to Standardize and Improve Mechanical Ventilation

Yaseen Arabi, Zohair Al Aseri, Tareef Alaama, Abdulrahman Alqahtani, Abdulrhman Alharthy, Abdullah Almotairi, Eman Al Qasim, Abdullah Alzahrani, Mohammed Al Qarni, Sheryl Ann Abdukahil, Fahad Al-Hameed, Yasser Mandourah, Khalid Maghrabi, Adnan Ghamdi, Ghaleb Almekhalfi, Ahmed Mady, Ahmed Qureshi, Ismael Qushmaq, Mohammed Alshahrani, Mufareh AlkatheriAbdulmohsen Saawi, Raed Al-Hazme, Sean Berenholtz, Asad Latif, Mohamed Al-Moamary, Saad Mohrij

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Evidence-based practice
  • mechanical ventilation
  • ventilator-associated event
  • ventilator-associated pneumonia


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