You are encouraged to check out the latest Society of Critical Care Medicine eCommunity posts and join in the discussions. The eCommunity is a great forum in which to share valuable resources or offer insight on a variety of pertinent critical care topics.
Critical Connections editor, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, wants to hear from readers with their insights, ideas and success stories centered on several topics to be featured this year. Give us a window into your daily practice by sharing items such as your guideline implementation success stories, your new patient-centered care initiatives or your team’s approach to targeted temperature management.
Submit your contributions on the upcoming topics using these specific eCommunity links: cardiac arrest and targeted temperature management; patient and family outreach and care; implementation of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines; and implementation of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines.
Select posts will be shared with the critical care community via the Society’s various communications channels, including upcoming issues of Critical Connections.
You are encouraged to check out the latest Society of Critical Care Medicine eCommunity posts and join in on the discussion.
How does your intensive care unit go about collecting and analyzing data?
What are your thoughts on omega-3 fatty acid-supplemented enteral nutrition versus standard enteral nutrition?
What resources do you use in your intensive care unit to improve patient care? Add on to the list of resources provided in this post.
Share your thoughts on a new app created by Robert Demers, BS, RRT, FAARC.
This new resource is meant to assist members of the critical care team with identifying clinical problems and developing, implementing and sustaining success in the provision of critical care services through the use of protocols, which can be defined as “standard set(s) of tasks that define precisely how classes of patients should be managed or treated.”
You are also encouraged to check out the latest Society of Critical Care Medicine eCommunity posts and join the discussion.
Should the Choosing Wisely® recommendations be used as quality benchmarks for intensive care unit care?
Can anyone share lessons learned from implementing order sets that apply a protocolized approach to fever control in patients recovering from stroke and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH)?
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is poised to respond to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies by providing a variety of resources to the critical care community. One such resource is the Society’s eCommunity, which has a forum dedicated to disaster response.
Interested parties are encouraged to visit this forum to share valuable resources or offer insight on a variety of disaster-related topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak. You can subscribe to the Disaster eCommunity to stay abreast of recent postings.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s eCommunities offer critical care professionals the opportunity to connect, share and collaborate. Communities are open to SCCM members and nonmembers to facilitate knowledge sharing and improve care.
Log into the various SCCM eCommunities at www.sccm.org/eCommunity to be part of the discussion.
Latest SCCM eCommunity Posts
Fear and Anxiety is Healthy; Helping Patients and Families to Understand the Fears of Returning to Work after Traumatic Brain Injury
Twice I had to be told I had a rip in the seat of my pants. All I could see as my vision came into focus was a floating man’s head six feet above my face. Before that, I was hearing shouting “Are you Ok? Are you OK?” coming from not one but multiple directions. When he helped me sit up, I immediately began squeezing my head with increasing pressure because it was spinning in frenzy. I squeezed my head harder and with more intensity without success. My head felt like it was an old tin spinning top just after the plastic handle had been pumped hundreds of times and released. These are the realities of my personal experience of the initial accident which later would be diagnosed as a concussive traumatic brain injury. I am a critical care practitioner and pharmacy faculty member, yet I attempted to convince myself I was fine until I walked to my car and the man followed closely behind reminding me multiple times that my pants were ripped and that I should take it easy.
Family Centered Care in the PICU
Family Centered Care (FCC) is an inherent part of all pediatric practice. However, until quite recently, families were not considered an integral part of the health care team when patients were cared for in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). In fact, restricted visiting hours, removal of family members for codes and invasive procedures, and efforts to maintain a “minimal stim environment” often led to a complete abdication of the family members’ roles as caregivers while the child was in the PICU.