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Access Educational Content on ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Implementation

Educational content centered on ABCDEF Bundle implementation strategies are now available in PDF format on the ICU Liberation website.

Implementing the A Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (2.5 MB)

Implementing the B Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.8 MB)

Implementing the C Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1 MB)

Implementing the D Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.6 MB)

Implementing the E Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.3 MB)

Implementing the F Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.5 MB)

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility, along with educating and empowering patients and families.

New Article Spotlights ICU Liberation Initiative

You are encouraged to read the following article, “Undone in the ICU,” which recently appeared in Vanderbilt Medicine, a magazine published by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The article centers on efforts to better measure, understand and treat delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU). It also explores efforts to mitigate the long-term impact of delirium on ICU patients.

Discussed throughout is the work of Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM, as co-chair of the ICU Liberation Initiative and as leader of Vanderbilt’s ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. Both ABCDEF Bundle implementation and SCCM’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit are featured. So, too, is the ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Improvement Collaborative, which involves 77 U.S. hospital ICUs committed to improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the bundle.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility.

Webcast on Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU

Register today for Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU – AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project, the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ICU Liberation series. It will explore the implementation of an early progressive mobility protocol by Duke Raleigh Hospital’s medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU), under the guidance of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy.

The goal of this protocol 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.

Implementation of the protocol has resulted in a large number of successful outcomes, a strengthened ICU team and a collaborative interprofessional culture in the unit. Presenters 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 different 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 addressing 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

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This webcast is held in collaboration with Project Dispatch, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and AACN.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an ICU stay.

New Publication Offers Sedation Liberation and Patient Mobility Strategies

Discover strategies for managing pain, agitation and delirium in intensive care unit (ICU) patients with ICU Liberation: The Power of Pain Control, Minimal Sedation, and Early Mobility, a publication from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Created by a team of intensive care experts, including Michele Balas, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, CCRN, FCCM; Terry Clemmer, MD, FCCM; and Ken Hargett, MHA, RRT, FAARC, FCCM, this must-have publication offers practical information to help frontline staff implement sedation liberation and promote ICU patient mobility.

Topics include:

  • Gap analysis in performance improvement
  • Delirium in the ICU
  • Patients’ need for sleep
  • Ventilator strategies

Chapters provide evidence based on expert opinion, principles derived from other disciplines and practical experience.

ICU Liberation: The Power of Pain Control, Minimal Sedation, and Early Mobility is available for purchase in the SCCM Store in print and as an eBook for $75 for members ($95 for nonmembers). If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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
Register online today

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.

Register for Webcast on Family Engagement and Empowerment in the ICU

Register now for the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ICU Liberation series, Family Engagement – AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project , held in collaboration with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is composed of four nurses from the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). This team administered an educational program on the ABCDEF bundle to an audience of intensive care unit nurses at MGH. The final bundle element, family engagement and empowerment, was added to represent the value of family involvement in the overall patient plan.

In this webcast, Maurene A. Harvey, RN, MPH, MCCM, critical care educator and consultant, Erica Edwards, RN, MSN, CCRN-CMC, CHFN, CICU attending nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, and Alicia Sheehan, RN, BSN, CICU staff nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, will provide the evidence for this addition, as well as illustrate how family engagement is implemented in the CICU.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors described in the literature about the importance of family engagement
  • Describe the background of family inclusion in the CICU
  • Discuss the implementation of family engagement and empowerment in the ABCDEF bundle

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.
Register online  today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.
This webcast is held in collaboration with the AACN CSI Academy.
The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences from an intensive care unit stay.

Register for Upcoming ICU Liberation Events

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 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 from an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

Live Event: ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines
September 9-10, 2015
Register online today

Reduced registration rates end August 12, 2015, for the ICU Liberation and Animation conference, which will be held September 9 and 10, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This two-day didactic and simulation conference, a partnership of SCCM and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will review implementation strategies and discuss approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regards to the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF bundle
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, and immobility in the ICU
  • Apply the available tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PAD monitoring and management using PDSA cycles
  • Develop and implement discipline-specific interventions in the ICU

Make your hotel reservation by August 11, 2015, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville. Reservations made after this date may not receive SCCM’s discounted rate. For more details on hotel and travel, visit www.sccm.org/ICULiberation.

Webcast: Family Engagement – AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project
August 26, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Registration is complimentary
Register online today

August 6 eNews AACN CIS Academy PictureThe American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is composed of four nurses from the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). This team administered an educational program on the ABCDEF bundle to an audience of intensive care unit nurses at MGH. The final bundle element, family engagement and empowerment, was added to represent the value of family involvement in the overall patient plan.

In this webcast, Maurene A. Harvey, RN, MPH, MCCM, critical care educator and consultant, Erica Edwards, RN, MSN, CCRN-CMC, CHFN, CICU attending nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, and Alicia Sheehan, RN, BSN, CICU staff nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, will provide the evidence for this addition, as well as illustrate how family engagement is implemented in the CICU.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors described in the literature about the importance of family engagement
  • Describe the background of family inclusion in the CICU
  • Discuss the implementation of family engagement and empowerment in the ABCDEF bundle

This webcast is held in collaboration with the AACN CSI Academy.

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

Webcast to Address ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management

Register now for the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series, An Integrated Approach to ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management.  In this webcast, Michele Balas, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, CCRN, FCCM, associate professor, Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and John Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, professor of pharmacy at Northeastern University, scientific staff and critical care pharmacist, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, will discuss the importance of routine delirium screening in the critically ill and integrated strategies to boost the use of a validated instrument, such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) or the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC). The speakers will also address frequently asked questions about delirium management, and the presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer segment.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of routine delirium screening in the ICU using the CAM-ICU or the ICDSC
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for delirium in the critically ill
  • Apply non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce the burden of delirium in the critically ill
  • Understand the limited role that medication-focused interventions have in treating delirium in the ICU

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences from an ICU stay.

Register for Upcoming ICU Liberation Events

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 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 from an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

Live Event: ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines
September 9-10, 2015
Register online today

Early bird rates for ICU Liberation and Animation end July 15, 2015. SCCM has partnered with Vanderbilt University Medical Center for this live, hands-on event, which will be held at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Secure your seat for this two-day didactic and simulation conference, which will review implementation strategies and discuss approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regards to the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF bundle
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, and immobility in the ICU
  • Apply the available tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PAD monitoring and management using PDSA cycles
  • Develop and implement discipline-specific interventions in the ICU

Webcast: An Integrated Approach to ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management
July 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Register online today

In this webcast, Michele Balas, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, CCRN, FCCM, associate professor, Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and John Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, professor of pharmacy at Northeastern University, scientific staff and critical care pharmacist, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, will discuss the importance of routine delirium screening in the critically ill and integrated strategies to boost the use of a validated instrument, such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) or the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC).

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of routine delirium screening in the ICU using the CAM-ICU or the ICDSC
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for delirium in the critically ill
  • Apply non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce the burden of delirium in the critically ill
  • Understand the limited role that medication-focused interventions have in treating delirium in the ICU

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

Early Registration Deadline Nearing for ICU Liberation Conference

Register today to receive reduced registration rates for ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines, which will be held on September 9 and 10, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to bring you this two-day conference staffed by internationally recognized faculty who will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s intensive care unit after the conference.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regards to the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines and ABCDEF bundle
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, and immobility in the intensive care unit
  • Apply the available tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PAD monitoring and management using PDSA cycles
  • Develop and implement discipline-specific interventions in the intensive care unit

Register online using your Customer ID and password by July 15, 2015, to receive the discounted rate, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive SCCM’s discounted hotel rate, make your reservation by August 11, 2015.

Register for Upcoming ICU Liberation Events

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 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 from an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

Webcast: Successfully Overcoming Assessment and Treatment Challenges for ICU Pain
May 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Register online today

In this webcast, Céline Gélinas, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing at McGill University, Aaron M. Joffe, DO, associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at Harborview Medical Center, and Kathleen Puntillo, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCCM, professor emerita of nursing at University of California, San Francisco, will provide an overview of the landscape of pain assessment and management in ICU patients within the context of the ABCDEF bundle and offer suggestions for interventions. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer segment.  Registration for this webcast is complimentary.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of pain assessment and analgesic management within the framework of the ABCDEF bundle
  • Discuss the assessment of pain in non-communicative patients through use of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT)
  • Evaluate pharmacological options for treating pain in critically ill patients
  • Provide answers to frequently asked questions about pain assessment and management challenges that occur in critical care practice

Live Event: ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines
September 9-10, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Register online today

Secure your seat for this two-day didactic and simulation conference, held in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Participants will review implementation strategies and discuss approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team.

During this conference, which will be held at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, internationally recognized faculty will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will then be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s ICU after the conference.

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

Application Deadline Nearing for Grant-Funded ICU Liberation Collaborative

Applications to participate in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation grant-funded quality improvement initiative are due by May 19, 2015.

The ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Improvement Collaborative is seeking U.S. hospitals interested in improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the newly modified ABCDEF bundle. Participating hospitals would work with a team of leading national and regional experts to:

  • Optimize pain control plus reduce sedative exposure and time on mechanical ventilation
  • Extend time patients are free of delirium and coma
  • Improve a team approach to early mobilization
  • Engage families to participate in the care and healing of their loved ones
  • Validate compliance and improvement through use of an online data collection tool
  • Enhance teamwork through implementation of evidence-based care
  • Engage with leading experts who have demonstrated improved patient outcomes through the ABCDEF care bundle
  • Create partnerships with institutions doing the same improvement work across the United States

The Collaborative is funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and will be operating in the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast regions, but applying hospitals need not be located in these regions. Hospitals of any type or size may apply, and no experience in implementing the bundle is required.

Apply or learn more about the Collaborative and participation requirements.

If you have any additional questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Diane Byrum at dbyrum@sccm.org.

Register Now for ICU Liberation Webcasts

In the month of May, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will feature two webcasts from the ICU Liberation series. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Road Map for Implementing the New ABCDEF Bundle in Your ICU
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2:00 p.m. Central Time
Register online today

Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, RN, BSN, CCRN, DC, clinical performance improvement consultant at Sutter Health, and Juliana Barr, MD, FCCM, associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University and staff anesthesiologist and intensivist at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, will provide a strategy for intensive care unit (ICU) teams striving to implement the new ABCDEF bundle. Faculty will examine the new element of the bundle: family engagement and empowerment. The bundle includes:

A = Assess, Prevent and Manage Pain
B = Both Spontaneous Awakening Trials and Spontaneous Breathing Trials
C = Choice of Sedation
D = Delirium: Assess, Prevent and Manage
E = Early Mobility and Exercise
F = Family Engagement and Empowerment

Learning Objectives

  • Review elements of the new ABCDEF bundle
  • Develop a mental model for successful implementation of bundle elements in an ICU

Successfully Overcoming Assessment and Treatment Challenges for ICU Pain
Thursday, May 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. Central Time
Register online today

Pain management in the ICU may be difficult because of a patient’s severity of injury and unstable health status. During this session, Céline Gélinas, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing at McGill University, Aaron M. Joffe, DO, associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at Harborview Medical Center, and Kathleen Puntillo, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCCM, professor emerita of nursing, at University of California, San Francisco, will provide an overview of the landscape of pain assessment and management in ICU patients within the context of the ABCDEF bundle and offer suggestions for interventions. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer segment.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of pain assessment and analgesic management within the framework of the ABCDEF bundle
  • Discuss the assessment of pain in non-communicative patients through use of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT)
  • Evaluate pharmacological options for treating pain in critically ill patients
  • Provide answers to frequently asked questions about pain assessment and management challenges that occur in critical care practice

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility.

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

Webcast Explores Implementing New ABCDEF Bundle in Your ICU

Registration is now open for Road Map for Implementing the New ABCDEF Bundle in Your ICU, the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series. Juliana Barr, MD, FCCM, and Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, RN, BSN, CCRN, DC, will provide a strategy for intensive care unit (ICU) teams striving to implement the new ABCDEF bundle. Faculty will examine the new element of the bundle: family engagement and empowerment.

The bundle includes:

A = Assess, Prevent and Manage Pain
B = Both Spontaneous Awakening Trials and Spontaneous Breathing Trials
C = Choice of Sedation
D = Delirium: Assess, Prevent and Manage
E = Early Mobility and Exercise
F = Family Engagement and Empowerment

Learning Objectives

  • Review elements of the new ABCDEF bundle
  • Develop a mental model for successful implementation of bundle elements in an ICU

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility.

Learn About the ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative

The Society of Critical Care Medicine is holding a series of informational conference calls to answer questions about ICU Liberation’s ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative. The Collaborative is seeking U.S. hospitals interested in improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the newly modified bundle. The calls will provide a platform for discussing the application process and posing questions about the program. If you are interested in applying for participation in the Collaborative, now is your chance to learn more.

Phone: +1 866 740-1260
Access Code: 9966907

Monday, April 20, 2015 — 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Participate in ICU Liberation’s ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Campaign has launched a quality improvement initiative related to implementing the ABCDEF bundle.

The ICU Liberation ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative is seeking U.S. hospitals interested in improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the newly modified bundle. Participating hospitals would work with a team of leading national and regional experts to:

  • Optimize pain control plus reduce sedative exposure and time on mechanical ventilation
  • Improve time patients are free of delirium and coma
  • Improve a team approach to early mobilization
  • Engage families to participate in the care and healing of their loved ones
  • Validate compliance and improvement through use of an online data collection tool
  • Enhance teamwork through implementation of evidence-based care
  • Engage with leading experts who have demonstrated improved patient outcomes through the ABCDEF bundle
  • Create partnerships with other institutions doing the same improvement work across the United States

Applications are due May 19, 2015, and must be accompanied by all four commitment letters; details are available on the website.

The Collaborative will be operating in three regions: the Southeast, the West Coast and the Midwest, but it is not required that applying hospitals be located in these regions. Hospitals of any type or size may apply, and no experience in implementing the bundle is required. Learn more about the Collaborative and application requirements.

If you have any additional questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Diane Byrum at dbyrum@sccm.org.