Improving ICU-to-Ward Transfers of Care: Evaluation of a KT Tool Kit and ICU Transfer Tool
About the Project
Transitions of patient care between providers are vulnerable periods in healthcare delivery that expose patients to preventable errors and adverse events. The transfer of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a medical or surgical hospital ward is one of the most challenging and high-risk transitions. Seriously ill frail older patients are especially vulnerable during these transitions.
In direct response to this challenge, we have assembled an interprofessional collaborative of provincial and national stakeholders to reengineer the transfer of frail older patients from ICU by implementing an evidence-informed Knowledge Translation (KT) Tool Kit and ICU Transfer Tool.
The complexity of both ICU transfers and effective KT requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, partnership-based approach that integrates scientific excellence with a community of stakeholders (patients, families, providers, decision-makers) in a healthcare sustainability model. The innovation proposed in this application builds upon KT activities from our CFN Core and Catalyst funded research program and may serve as a model for improving transitions of care for other patient populations or care settings.
The goal is to reengineer the transfer of frail older patients from ICU through the timely adoption of sustainable best-practice change using a process to optimize patient-oriented outcomes, patient and family experiences with care and facilitate seamless care across the healthcare continuum. The time is right to invest in creating evidence-informed solutions that provide frail older patients with better care and better health while optimizing the value for money.
This project builds on previously funded CFN grant – CAT2015-06
Henry Stelfox, MD, PhD — University of Calgary
Sean Bagshaw, MD, MSc, FRCPC — University of Alberta
Fiona Clement — University of Calgary
Sharon Straus — University of Toronto
Alan Forster — University of Ottawa
Peter Dodek — University of British Columbia
Christopher Doig — University of Calgary
Peter Oxland — Alberta Health Services
Elisabeth Papathanassoglou — University of Alberta
Dan Zuege — Alberta Health Services
Jeanna Parsons Leigh — University of Calgary
Michael Detsky — University of Toronto
Jayna Holroyd-Leduc — University of Calgary
Dan Niven — University of Calgary
Virginia Vandal-Walker — Athabasca University
Karolina Zjadewicz — Alberta Health Services
Christopher Grant — Alberta Health Services
Doreen Rockliff — Alberta Health Services