Care bundles in critical care: a practical approach to evidence-based practice

Authors

  • Paul Fulbrook,

    Corresponding author
      * Institute of Health & Community Studies, Bournemouth University, Royal London House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT, Dorset
      E-mail:fulbrook@bournemouth.ac.uk
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  • Sharon Mooney


  • Author: P Fulbrook, RN, MSc, PGDE, BSc (Hons), Clinical Reader in Critical Care, Institute of Health & Community Studies, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, Dorset; S Mooney, RN, MSc, PGDip, Consultant Nurse in Critical Care, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, Dorset

* Institute of Health & Community Studies, Bournemouth University, Royal London House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT, Dorset
E-mail:fulbrook@bournemouth.ac.uk

Summary

•  The care bundle is a new concept in critical care, which is currently being promoted by the National Health Service Modernisation Agency for Critical Care

•  Care bundles originated in North America and are described best as groups of evidence-based practice interventions

•  The theory behind care bundles is that when several evidence-based interventions are grouped together in a single protocol, it will improve patient outcome

•  Care bundles are relatively easy to develop, implement and audit, and provide practitioners with a practical method for implementing evidence-based practice

•  This article describes the care bundle and offers practical suggestions about how to develop, implement and audit them in practice

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