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An IU Health Arnett Hospital Release

—The Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital Intensive Care Unit team has been participating in the nationwide ICU Liberation Collaborative related to the implementation of the ABCDEF bundle. This is a national quality initiative by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The aim of the collaborative is to create lean, sustainable and highly functioning multi-professional teams that partner with patients and families to create a safe and comfortable intensive care unit environment by implementing SCCM’s pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines and utilizing the newly modified ABCDEF bundle.

“A year in, we are seeing awesome patient outcomes in decreasing the length of stay in the ICU, and reduce time on medical ventilation. This is helping us improve care to our patients,” stated Muhammad Ali, MD-FCCP, director of the ICU and Chair of Pulmonary Medicine.

During this eighteen-month collaboration, each ICU will attempt to implement The ABCDEF bundles in their respective ICUs.

A = Assess, Prevent and Manage Pain

B = Both Spontaneous Awakening and Spontaneous Breathing Trials

C = Choice of Sedation

D = Delirium: Assess, Prevent and Manage

E = Early Mobility and Exercise

F= Family Engagement and Empowerment

Each ICU will communicate about successes, failures, challenges and difficulties while learning from each other how best to implement ABCDEF bundles. At the end of this collaboration, the participating ICUs will be able to generate new data, as well as guidelines for standardized care nationally, as well as internationally.

There are seventy-seven ICUs throughout the nation that are participating in this collaborative, which is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. IU Health Arnett Hospital is one of two ICUs selected from Indiana. Other institutions participating from the Midwest include Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University of Michigan Health System and Rush University Medical Center. 

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