If you work in an ICU, you’ve probably at least heard of the ABCDEF Bundle. Developed by critical care experts who reviewed randomized controlled trials on the ventilator liberation process, the bundle is aimed at getting more patients off mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible through the use of evidence-based strategies.
Attendees at AARC Congress 2016 had the chance to get up-to-speed on the ABCDEF Bundle during a Spotlight Symposium, and following the session presenter Neil MacIntyre, MD, FAARC, went over the key points with AARC-TV’s Ed Heiland in the Big Ideas Theater.
“As patients are getting better, it’s time to really be aggressive at trying to minimize the time they are still on the ventilator,” said Dr. MacIntyre. “This bundle is a series of evidence-based guidelines to help practitioners provide the best care in this particular scenario – getting the patient off the ventilator.”
The ABCDEF Bundle is just one of several initiatives underway to help clinicians liberate patients from mechanical ventilation. New guidelines from the American Thoracic Society/American College of Chest Physicians offer guidance as well.