Webcasts: “Tree of Life” Event and Transition After Catastrophic Injury

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Project Dispatch series will present two non-continuing medical education webcasts in the upcoming weeks.  Complimentary registration for both is made possible by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The “Tree of Life” Memorial Event: Meaningful for Families
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. Central Time
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To honor the unselfish acts of organ donation in the face of overwhelming grief, University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, USA, created the “Tree of Life” Memorial Event following the deaths of two young men in 2005. Both families independently decided to donate their loved ones’ organs so that something good might come from such a devastating loss. These actions started a special journey for these men’s families and the hospital staff that cared for them.

In this webcast, Charles Reed, PhD, RN, CNRN, will discuss the development of the “Tree of Life” Memorial Event, including how the program has grown and become an integral part of the hospital’s commitment to patients, their families and the community.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the “Tree of Life” Memorial Event and its impact on families and the healthcare institution
  • Examine how this program can be a model for others
  • Evaluate the impact the program has on families, staff and the community

Patient-Centered Approach to Community Transition After Catastrophic Injury
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
12:30 p.m. Central Time
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One of the greatest challenges for patients and their families after a catastrophic injury is the transition home and back into the community. These patients have profound care needs and face a lifetime of risk for developing life-threatening medical problems. Can a patient- and family-centered approach to education, mentoring and support be effective in minimizing hospital readmissions for patients?

Michael Jones, PhD, FACRM, and Julie Gassaway, MS, RN, of the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, have received a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant to examine just that question. They also investigated the sense of self-sufficiency and intensity of community participation for patients with spinal cord injury. The Shepherd Center is one of only two specialty hospitals that provide rehabilitation for patients with acute brain and spinal cord injuries. In this webcast, Dr. Jones and Ms. Gassaway will share patient feedback on how the rehabilitation experience could be improved, discuss the patient- and family-centered approach to education, peer counseling, discharge planning, and support, and present preliminary results from their research.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the challenges for patients and their families in the wake of catastrophic injury
  • Apply a patient- and family-centered approach to support the patient’s transition to home and community
  • Develop programs that benefit patients and families in the participants’ own communities

These webcasts were organized by SCCM’s Project Dispatch. Project Dispatch focuses on the patient and family experience. The initiative highlights a number of patient-centered care approaches to encourage awareness and adoption at the bedside among SCCM’s members. 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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