How compliance with a ventilator bundle is monitored varies from institution to institution. Some institutions rely on the primary intensive care unit team to review the bundle during their rounds; others rely on a separate team of health care personnel that may include representatives from disciplines such as nursing, respiratory therapy, and pharmacy.
To compare rates of compliance with ventilator bundle components between a dedicated ventilator bundle rounding team and the primary intensive care unit rounding team in a 68-bed medical intensive care unit.
A query of the medical intensive care unit's database was used to retrospectively determine rates of compliance with specific ventilator bundle components at a tertiary care hospital in an urban community for 1 year.
Compared with the intensive care unit rounding team, the ventilator bundle rounding team had better compliance with sedation vacation (61.7% vs 54.0%, P < .001). Rates of compliance with spontaneous breathing trials and prophylaxis of peptic ulcer disease were similar in both study groups.
A dedicated ventilator bundle rounding team improves compliance with sedation vacation, but not with spontaneous breathing trials and prophylaxis of peptic ulcer disease. In a large-volume tertiary center, a dedicated ventilator bundle rounding team may be more effective than the primary rounding team in achieving compliance with some bundle components.