January 23, 2018 |
Adding F: Integrating Family Throughout the ABCDE Bundle
August 21, 2015  | 

Nashville, TN - AACN Critical Care Webinar Series 


Most nurses in critical care are familiar with the concepts of the ABCDE bundle. This bundle is universal in that it applies to critically ill patients no matter what the underlying diagnosis. Recently, work has been done to realign more closely with the Pain, Agitation and Delirium guidelines, which are currently being updated. Included in this update is the “F” for family engagement and empowerment.

This webinar will briefly discuss the history of the ABCDE bundle and describe the areas where the bundle has been updated and refined. In addition, the inclusion of the family throughout the process of care as well as in the bundle elements will be discussed. The goal is to build on the concept of family presence and elevate family contributions to engagement and empowerment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the elements of the ABCDE bundle.
  • Identify ways to engage and empower families when the patient is discharged from the ICU and when the patient does not survive.
  • Discuss implementation strategies for engaging and empowering families on the participant’s unit.

Continuing Education

  • 0.5 contact hour of CE available (Synergy Category A).
  • Free to AACN members ($5 fee for nonmembers).
  • Whether viewing as a group or individual, once the live event has ended, log in from this page and click the Get CE button to connect to the AACN CE Center.