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Volume 3 Supplement 1

ESICM LIVES 2015

Turning a fasthug [1] into low flat hugs could improve compliance with daily care bundles on the general intensive care unit: a preliminary audit

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Introduction

Over recent years, Intensive Care Medicine has recognised the benefit of implementing checklists to augment strategies for improving patient safety[2]. One such care bundle checklist is the FASTHUG mnemonic (Feeding; Analgesia; Sedation; Thromboprophylaxis; Head up positioning; Ulcer Protection and Glucose levels)[1]. In our ICU a variation of the mnemonic has evolved, initially into 'FLATHUGS', and more recently into 'FLATHUGS VC', where additional care bundle components include L: invasive vascular L ines; C: C hlorhexidine mouth care; V: lung protective V entilation.

Objectives

This clinical audit examines (i) compliance with a locally adapted version of the FASTHUG[1] mnemonic, and (ii)suggests an updated version and template to improve its clinical utility.

Methods

A random convenience sample of medical notes from 92 separate patient day reviews over a 4 week period were analysed for documented versions of FLATHUGS VC. Data was collected from all patients with an ICU stay >24 hours, and any actions raised during the documentation of FLATHUGS were checked for completion within that same 24 hour period.

Results

In our unit, a basic 'FLATHUGS' package was completed in 81.5% of cases. The two most recently introduced components in addition to FLATHUGS (lung protective ventilation; and Chlorhexidine mouth care) were documented in 38% and 3.3% of cases respectively (Table 1). In addition, we found there were inconsistencies in the detail of what was recorded under each heading. Common examples included: (i) recording either the type of sedation, or the level of sedation (RASS Score); (ii) date of IV line insertion or anticipated date of IV line replacement.

Conclusions

There is currently an inconsistent approach amongst our ICU physicians in their application of the ´FASTHUGS VC´ care bundle, and we feel it is conceivable that this situation may be partially attributable to degradation of the original mnemonic. Although FASTHUG is an excellent mnemonic for a basic care bundle, we suggest it could be further improved by amending it to 'LOW FLAT HUGS', which includes four additional elements to those described by Vincent[1] in the original version (Lung protective ventilation; Oral hygiene of intubated patients; Weight change; Line change with date). To help embed these proposed changes and improve compliance a template sticker (Figure 1) may prove useful, and further evaluation after a period of implementation is recommended.

Figure 1
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LOW FLAT HUGS Template.

Table 1 Completion of FLATHUGS (and variant).

References

  1. 1.

    Vincent JL: Give your patient a fast hug (at least) once a Day. Crit Care Med. 2005, 33 (6): 1225-9. Jun

  2. 2.

    Conroy KM, et al: Validating a process-of-care checklist for intensive care units. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2013, 41 (3): 342-8. May

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Correspondence to M Brooke.

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Keywords

  • Oral Hygiene
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Improve Patient Safety
  • Clinical Audit
  • General Intensive Care Unit