Webcast: Collaborating with Families to Improve Patient Care and Transitions

Registration is now open for Collaborating with Families to Improve Patient Care and Transitions, the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Project Dispatch series. This session will discuss patient transfers out of the intensive care unit (ICU), one of the most stressful times for patients and their families. Common concerns include what to expect and how to help the patient upon departure from the ICU. Furthermore, patients are being transferred with higher acuities after shorter lengths of stay, adding to “relocation stress” and contributing to slower recovery and discharge from the hospital.

Through patient satisfaction data and feedback from a formal rounding survey, the medical ICU at the Medical University of South Carolina developed a patient- and family-centered transfer brochure to help reduce the psychological and physiological problems that can materialize after an ICU stay. These problems include posttraumatic stress disorder, which can affect a patient’s recovery and quality of life.

Andrea Meaburn, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CCRN, from the Medical University of South Carolina, will share the medical ICU staff’s experience in creating a comprehensive transfer brochure. She will discuss how the brochure supports patients and families and how it fits into their broader patient-centered care approach. Ms. Meaburn’s presentation will be followed by an opportunity for audience questions. Complimentary registration is made possible by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concerns patients and families have about transfer from the ICU
  • Identify ways to alleviate patient and family stress to improve outcomes
  • Deploy strategies that lead to a less stressful experience
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time.

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 was organized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Project Dispatch.  Project Dispatch aims to improve the quality, efficacy, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered research. This project is supported by grant number R18HS21940 from AHRQ. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of AHRQ.

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