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As a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU), I did not have much understanding of the financial impact my care was having on the patients and my hospital. I have since graduated with a master’s degree in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist and achieved a doctorate of nursing practice. Since moving into an operations role nearly three years ago, I have seen the financial impacts of care to which I had been oblivious for the first part of my career. I ask myself: How do I advocate for the best patient care while balancing costs to ensure a financially healthy organization?
The answer: The ICU Liberation campaign.
No one reading this will be shocked to hear that critical care is incredibly expensive and resource heavy in staffing, medications, and equipment. These aspects of care will never change. As leaders, we must find ways to utilize current resources to ensure that expectations of high-quality care delivery will be met. We must consider that team-based care is no longer a concept to simply talk about, but something that must be implemented now to effectively coordinate and move the patient along the continuum of health improvement.
This is where the ICU Liberation Bundle (A-F) provides proven solutions that I have experienced firsthand. The ICU Liberation Bundle utilizes key foundational principles of care coordination to optimize the delivery of care to all critical care patients. None of the A-F elements are brand-new. What is unique is that, when bundled together, the elements of the ICU Liberation Bundle make up a coordinated successful approach to patient care and clinical outcomes. Implementation of the bundle will yield improved patient outcomes and transform staff culture.
Among the most costly diagnoses for hospitals are septicemia, acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, acute cerebrovascular disease, and respiratory failure.1 Implementing the ICU Liberation Bundle can impact hospitals’ bottom line in part by fostering a culture that focuses on the continuum care for patients who are most likely to have these diagnoses—the sickest patients.
Posted: 3/8/2021 | 0 comments
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