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The transition of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to the hospital wards is an inherently high-risk time and communication around these transitions is highly variable and unstandardized. The ATS ICU Pause program is a communication framework that aims to educate health care providers, including trainees, intensivists, hospitalists, and advanced practice providers around patient safety and equity in diagnosis at the time of ICU discharge.

This initiative contains:

  1. CME course on patient safety, diagnostic errors and patients’ vulnerability to implicit bias at transitions of care;
  2. Downloadable implementation toolkit (including informational Packet, .icutoward dotphrase, print-ready post card, and print-ready flyer;
  3. Resources to get involved and become a participating site and implement the ICU-PAUSE at your own site;
  4. References (publications, podcasts, and the latest news)

The ICU-PAUSE initiative is sponsored by the American Thoracic Society, the Council of Medical Subspecialty Societies, and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.