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SCCM's Family Engagement Collaborative: Building Teams for Success

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections. In 2016, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – Intensive Care Unit (PCOR-ICU) Collaborative, bringing multiprofessional ICU clinicians together to explore enhanced inclusion of families into ICU care. SCCM has now launched a new Family Engagement Collaborative.


Navigating a Child's Care When Parents Are Resistant to the Care Plan

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections. A collaborative relationship between parents and the medical team is established and maintained in the vast majority of pediatric cases, particularly when patient-focused, family-centered initiatives are in place. Situations in which the child’s best interest is compromised are fortunately extremely rare


Patient & Family Communication

This presentation is an overview of communicating strategies for dealing with COVID-19 patients and their families. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Family-Centered Care in the Age of Visitor Restrictions

This webcast addressed the legal, social and logistical challenges in communicating with families during the pandemic. Topics covered included a conceptual and practical framework for remote family communication, the importance of having a coordinated interdisciplinary effort in these communications, and updates on CMS regulations for communications.


How can clinicians help patients transition through the ICU and other parts of the hospital to home?

In this question and answer webcast series, attendees had an opportunity to pose questions about managing critically ill patients with COVID-19 and other issues.


Editorial: Financial Toxicity After Hospitalization; Considerations in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Recovery

rom Critical Care Medicine. In this Editorial, the authors comment on an article by Hauschildt et al. (Financial Toxicity After Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A National Qualitative Cohort Study).


The Lived Experience of ICU Clinicians During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak: A Qualitative Study

From Critical Care Medicine. In this qualitative study, the authors found that, among ICU clinicians, there was a sense of total professional engagement during the surge. Caring for critically ill coronavirus disease 2019 patients was fraught with challenges, and that the experience generated strong feelings of responsibility, as clinicians felt they had to compensate for the absence of family members.


What type of conversation would you have with a patient in the ICU who is not vaccinated and whose family has been exposed to COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on August 11, 2021


Family Presence Policy Decision-Making Toolkit for Nurse Leaders

Questions to Guide Evidence-Informed, Data Driven and Person-Centered Decision-Making. Summary of evidence and sources


Implementing the F Element of the ABCDEF Bundle

The F Element of the ABCDEF Bundle addresses patient and family engagement in the intensive care unit (ICU).


Recovering from the ICU: A Survivor's Story 

Alison Clay, MD, shares her experience as an ICU survivor and her experience with post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). 


Multidisciplinary Approach to Early Mobilization in the ICU

A multiprofessional and multidisciplinary approach to implementing early mobility in the intensive care unit (ICU). Early mobility is the E Element of the ABCDEF Bundle.


Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU

Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU aim to provide clinicians with evidence-based strategies to optimize the support of the family of critically ill patients in the ICU. 


SCCM Pod-72 PCCM: Family Presence During Pediatric CPR

Susan Bratton, MD, MPH, discusses an editorial published in the September 2006 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, "Physician Experience with Family Presence During Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation."


Family-Centered Care in the ICU

Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU aim to provide clinicians with evidence-based strategies to optimize the support of the family of critically ill patients in the ICU. These guidelines identify the evidence base for best practices for family-centered care in the ICU. All recommendations were weak, highlighting the relative nascency of this field of research and the importance of future research to identify the most effective interventions to improve this important aspect of ICU care. 


Gap Analysis Tool - Identification of Your ICU's Practice Differences

The Gap Analysis Tool is meant to help those implementing the Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU. The tool will help clinicians rapidly develop a bundle of recommendations tailored to the needs of a specific intensive care unit (ICU).


SCCM Family-Centered Care Guidelines Supplement: Work Tools for Guideline Implementation

SCCM Family-Centered Care Guidelines Supplement: Work Tools for Guideline Implementation


Post-Intensive Care Syndrome Clinics: Lessons Learned from Three Centers

This article was first published in the Winter 2021 issue of Critical Connections. The prevention, recognition, and management of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) has come to the forefront in critical care and with it comes the emergence of the PICS clinic.


SCCM Pod-451 PCCM: A Hard Learned Lesson on What It’s Like to Be a Patient

In the ICU, medical staff do all they can to assist patients and get them back to health as quickly as possible. In the process of saving lives, bedside manner and communication may suffer. Lauren Rissman, MD, discusses the eye-opening experience she had when she was admitted to the ICU from the labor and delivery unit and the importance of having a patient advocate.


Editorial: The Role of the Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Following Critical Illness—Has the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Demonstrated Their Usefulness or Emphasized Their Downside?

From Critical Care Medicine. This Editorial accompanies the article “Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Outcomes of Mechanically Ventilated Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019’ by Saad et al.