Measuring Performance on the ABCDEF Bundle During Interprofessional Rounds via a Nurse-Based Assessment Tool

Author(s): Andrew J. King, PhD, Kelly M. Potter, PhD, RN, Jennifer B. Seaman, PhD, RN, Elizabeth A. Chiyka, MS, Bethany A. Hileman, Gregory F. Cooper, MD, PhD, Danielle L. Mowery, PhD, Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, and Jeremy M. Kahn, MD, MS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2026

Topics: Collaboration, Communication, Decision-making

Role: Staff

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Nurse-led rounding checklists are a common strategy for facilitating evidence-based practice in the intensive care unit (ICU). To streamline checklist workflow, some ICUs have the nurse or another individual listen to the conversation and customize the checklist for each patient. Such customizations assume that individuals can reliably assess whether checklist items have been addressed. Using a paper-based assessment tool, a single trained critical care nurse can reliably assess the discussion of elements of the ABCDEF bundle during multidisciplinary rounds.


  • Develop an assessment tool for measuring the discussion of topics related to the ABCDEF bundle during rounds.
  • Determine how many critical care nurses are needed to reliably measure the discussion of evidence-based practices during rounds.
  • Describe situations in which an independent assessment of the discussion of evidence-based practices is desirable.

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