Bundling or grouping together evidence-based interventions to improve care for the mechanically ventilated patient was piloted by a 10-bed medical-surgical critical care unit of a hospital. The bundled care interventions included: (a) keeping the head of bed elevated at 30 degrees, (b) instituting daily interruption of continuous sedative infusion, (c) assessing readiness to wean using a rapid-wean assessment guide, (d) initiating deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis, and (e) implementing peptic ulcer disease prophylaxis. The interventions were implemented using a plan-do-check-act quality-improvement methodology. Results indicated that the use of bundled interventions for mechanically ventilated patients could decrease average ventilator times and average length of stay with no concomitant increase in reintubations. Average mortality rates and the number of adverse events per 100 patient days also were reduced.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Rehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses|
|State||Published - 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation