Intensive care unit (adult)

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Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...

Surviving Sepsis Campaign 09/26/13

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed a suite of tools to help hospitals reduce mortality due to sepsis and to guide efforts to improve sepsis-related performance. In addition, other organizations have developed tools in the course of their improvement efforts and are making them available on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Web site for others to use or adapt. These tools include protocols, checklists, policies, and similar documents.

The resources are divided into the...

Implementing the ABCDE Bundle at the Bedside 05/03/13

This toolkit, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), provides validated, evidence-based clinical knowledge, resources, and guidelines for implementing the ABCDE Bundle to prevent the unintended consequences of critical illness such as delirium, prolonged ventilation, and excessive muscular deterioration. The toolkit simplifies sharing of critical learning and implementation of new initiatives in patient care units. Most tools are available in a customizable format that...

Palliative Care Tools 10/09/12

This collection of palliative care tools can help improve health care for patients near the end of life and their families. These tools were developed through the national program Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care , which sought innovative ways of integrating high-quality palliative care services in critical care settings. Through the work of several demonstration projects, they developed palliative care models for intensive care units and assessed the impact on the quality...

Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Central Line Procedural Checklist 12/08/08

This checklist is used to document activities that are considered standard practice in a critical care unit before, during, and after a central line procedure. It helps to insure that all processes related to central line placement are executed for each line placement, thereby leading to a reliable process.

Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 12/08/08

This worksheet helps to reduce intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU including:

  • What work needs to happen for the patient to leave the ICU
  • What is the greatest safety risk to the patient
  • What are the key processes for ventilator patients
  • What are the scheduled labs for the patient
  • Catheter care
  • What can be done to assist in...
5 Million Lives Campaign. Getting Started Kit: Prevent Central Line Infections How-to Guide 11/25/08

This guide is designed to help health care providers prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections by implementing the five components of care called the “central line bundle.” The central line bundle is a group of evidence-based interventions for patients with intravascular central catheters that, when implemented together, result in better outcomes than when implemented individually. The science supporting each bundle component is sufficiently established to be considered the standard...

Queueing ToolPak 4.0 04/24/08

The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that performs basic calculations for waiting line analysis. The functions allow integration of queueing performance measures into spreadsheet models without the limitations imposed by templates with fixed input and output areas that are commonly used for analysis of waiting lines.

10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals 12/17/07

Medical errors can occur at many points in the health care system, particularly in hospitals. This 2-page fact sheet provides the following 10 tips that hospitals can implement to improve patient safety:

  • Assess and improve patient safety culture (by surveying unit staff)
  • Build teamwork (by improving staff communication)
  • Limit shifts for hospital staff, if possible
  • Insert chest tubes safely
  • Prevent central line-related bloodstream infections...

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