Implementing Intensive Care Unit Family-Centered Care: Resources to Identify and Address Gaps

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Abstract

During creation of the 2017 Society of Critical Care Medicine Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Intensive Care Unit, 2 implementation tools were developed to assist intensive care unit clinicians in incorporating the new recommendations into local practice: a gap analysis tool and a work tools document. The gap analysis tool helps intensive care unit teams rapidly develop unit- or organization-specific recommendations to enhance family-centered care and assess local barriers to implementation. The work tools document identifies readily available and tested resources that may further assist with action planning for change. The goal of these implementation tools is to promote rapid translation of the SCCM Guideline recommendations into practice, thereby streamlining the process of enacting meaningful evidence-based practice change.

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