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Improving communication and response to clinical deterioration to increase patient safety in the intensive care unit.

Liu SI, Shikar M, Gante E, et al. Improving communication and response to clinical deterioration to increase patient safety in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Nurse. 2022;42(5):33-43. doi: 10.4037/ccn2022295

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October 19, 2022
Liu SI, Shikar M, Gante E, et al. Crit Care Nurse. 2022;42(5):33-43.

Lack of communication between providers can contribute to failure to rescue. Following a series of deaths due in part to not identifying clinical deterioration in a timely manner and/or not escalating care, this surgical intensive care unit (SICU) implemented an interdisciplinary quality improvement intervention. The intervention consisted of educating nurses on conditions necessitating escalation, multidisciplinary rounds with night staff, and an escalation document in the electronic health record (EHR).

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Liu SI, Shikar M, Gante E, et al. Improving communication and response to clinical deterioration to increase patient safety in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Nurse. 2022;42(5):33-43. doi: 10.4037/ccn2022295

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