The purpose of this project was to examine the impact of (1) implementing the ABCDE protocol to reduce delirium and promote early ambulation in the intensive care unit (ICU) and (2) and appropriate blood utilization in surgery departments.


The ABCDE participants reduced ICU length of stay by 23 percent and ventilator days by 18 percent. Approximately 85 percent of the appropriate blood utilization participants met project goals.