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Optimizing the ABCDEF bundle

Author(s): Amy Shay, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS

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  • Post-intensive care syndrome has long-term negative consequences for patients and families.
  • The ABCDEF bundle is an evidence-based strategy designed to reduce the pattern of oversedation and prolonged mechanical ventilation that leads to post-intensive care syndrome.
  • Nurses play a critical role in every element of the ABCDEF bundle.
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