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Give your patient a fast hug (at least) once a day*

Vincent, Jean-Louis MD, PhD, FCCM

doi: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000165962.16682.46
Continuing Medical Education Articles

Objective: To introduce the Fast Hug mnemonic (Feeding, Analgesia, Sedation, Thromboembolic prophylaxis, Head-of-bed elevation, stress Ulcer prevention, and Glucose control) as a means of identifying and checking some of the key aspects in the general care of all critically ill patients.

Design: Not applicable.

Setting: Any intensive care unit at any time.

Patients: All intensive care unit patients.

Interventions: Dependent on the results of applying the Fast Hug.

Measurements and Main Results: Not applicable.

Conclusions: Application of this simple strategy encourages teamwork and may help improve the quality of care received by our intensive care unit patients.

Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium.

Presented in part at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Orlando, FL, February 2004, and at the 24th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brussels, Belgium, March 2004.

Address requests for reprints to: Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, Department of Intensive Care Erasme University Hospital, Route de Lennik 808 B-1070, Brussels, Belgium. E-mail:

© 2005 by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins