Register for Upcoming ICU Liberation Events

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. Take advantage of two upcoming learning opportunities that will provide strategies to help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an intensive care unit (ICU) stay. Registration is complimentary. Both events are held in collaboration with Project Dispatch, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Webcast: Nurse-Driven Protocol for the Management of Alcohol and Polysubstance Abuse: AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project
September 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Register online today

In September 2013, the Maimonides Medical Center’s medical ICU implemented a nurse-driven protocol for the management of patients with severe alcohol and/or substance withdrawal. The project goals included alleviating nursing staff anxiety when caring for these patients, decreasing ICU lengths of stay, reducing the number of ventilator days, and decreasing falls.

In this session, Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, FCCM, Manager of Quality Implementation Programs at SCCM; Laurie Wilson, RN, MSN, Senior Staff I at Maimonides Medical Center; and Christina Ycaza-Gutierrez, RN, BSN, CCRN, Senior Staff II at Maimonides Medical Center, will explore the team’s journey throughout the execution of the project and review how project implementation goals were achieved. Faculty will also discuss other positive outcomes such as decreased overall hospital lengths of stay, decreased incidence of tracheostomies, the positive impact on the hospital’s financial budget, and the project’s continued ability to surpass expected goals six months after its completion.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the development of the project algorithm, implementation of the protocol, challenges faced, and how these challenges were overcome
  • Describe positive project outcomes and sustainability six months after project completion

Webcast: Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU: AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project
September 29, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
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Under the guidance of the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, Duke Raleigh Hospital’s medical-surgical ICU implemented an early progressive mobility protocol. The goal was to decrease ICU lengths of stay and ventilator days while increasing mobility and positive patient outcomes through reduced incidence of hospital-acquired infections and complications. Since implementation, the unit has experienced a large number of successful outcomes and a strengthened ICU team and has created a collaborative interprofessional culture.

In this session, Cheryl L. Esbrook, OTR/L, BCPR, Program Coordinator for Occupational Therapy Professional Development at University of Chicago Medical Center; Katherine Geyer, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNIV, clinical lead to the Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU project at Duke University Health System/Duke Raleigh Hospital; and Kristin Merritt, MSN, MBA/HCM, RN, NE-BC, CCRN, Nurse Manager of Operations, Intensive Care Unit and Neuroscience Unit at Duke University Health System/Duke Raleigh Hospital, will discuss the team’s approach to implementation, project planning and protocol structure. They will also highlight challenges, qualitative and quantitative outcomes, and meaningful patient stories.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify goals and strategies for successful implementation of an early progressive mobility protocol for critically ill patients, including tests of change, staff education, interprofessional collaboration, and perceived barriers
  • Discuss initial and sustained outcomes and measurements resulting from the project
  • Describe how meaningful recognition and nurse leadership impact the success or failure of a project of this scale

If you have any questions regarding either event, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

These webcasts are held in collaboration with the AACN CSI Academy and Project Dispatch.

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