Introduction: care in intensive care units (ICU) is complex, requiring the collaboration of a multidisciplinary health team. Despite the existence of protocols, gaps in care persist. The FAST HUG mnemonic, a checklist to remember key aspects in the care of critically ill patients, has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing variability and improving compliance with care standards. Methods: a systematic review of the literature was carried out following the PRISMA guideline for answer the question about the benefits of the FAST HUG mnemonic in ICU patients. Databases such as PubMed were searched for articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese published between 2019-2023. The selection was made by reviewing titles, abstracts and complete reading applying the criteria. Results: a total of 16 articles were included in the review. It was found that the FAST HUG mnemonic has had various modifications such as FAST HUGS BID and FAST HUGS COVID to suit specific needs. Its implementation as a routine checklist in intensive care units improves the quality of care for critically ill patients, preventing possible complications. However, adequate training of health personnel is required, given that several studies revealed insufficient knowledge about its correct use in nursing personnel. Conclusions: there is growing support for the potential benefits of the FAST HUG mnemonic in care. of critically ill patients, but with significant variability in its application and knowledge among health professionals.
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