Intensive Care Outreach Nurse Implementation

A case study highlighting the requirements to implement an outreach program

The lecture duration is 56min.

1 CPD Point, 1 CEU, 1 CME credit approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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Ged Williams
Founding President of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses
Lecture Summary

The intensive care outreach nurse (ICON) is known by many names. Essentially, this is an ICU nurse with exceptional assessment, communication, problem solving and bedside teaching skills whose primary role is to respond to and support the bedside nurses (and doctors) caring for the deteriorating patient. Much is known about the benefits of such roles, but little is described regarding how to set them up. This talk focuses on the latter using a case study of how the role was implemented in the UAE into 4 teaching hospitals concurrently.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the evidence and principles that support the rationale for implementing an ICON program
  • Describe the characteristics expected of an ICON
  • Explain the Track and Trigger parameters that will identify the need for an ICON
  • Identify the pre and post measures that will inform the measures of success