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Fuzzy Logic in the Intensive Care Unit

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Critical Connections.


Critical Care Documentation and Billing Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Critical Connections.


Managing Refusal to Accept a Brain Death Diagnosis: A Care Ethics Approach

This article was first published in the Winter 2021 issue of Critical Connections. A man in his early twenties was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) by his father for a second opinion after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head.


Importance of Effectively Communicating Drug Shortages

This article was first published in the Winter 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Drug shortages have become pervasive. The ways in which hospitals and hospital systems manage ongoing shortages vary widely across the United States and the world.


What the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry Can Teach About the Future of EHRs

This article was first published in the Winter 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Chaos—That is the word that comes to mind when Smith Heavner, BSN, MS, RN, PCCN, thinks about electronic health records (EHRs).


Neuroscience Nursing Workforce: Challenges During the Pandemic

This article was first published in the Spring 2021 issue of Critical Connections. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many intensive care units (ICUs) were overwhelmed with patients requiring a high level of care.


New Coding and Documentation Guidance: What You Need to Know in 2021 for Proper Reimbursement

This article was first published in the Spring 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Many physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) who manage critical care patients do so in post-acute care clinics or in the office setting.


ARDS: Will Precision Approaches Move the Needle?

This article was first published in the Summer 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Daniel S. Talmor, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, addressed the past, present, and future of ARDS treatment in one of the most highly attended sessions of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 50th Critical Care Congress, held virtually in 2021.


Pay Attention When Coding Critical Care

This article was first published in the Summer 2021 issue of Critical Connections. It is important to review your documentation periodically to ensure compliance with correct coding procedures, documentation, and medical necessity support for the service provided.


Critical Impact: Key Findings From Multiprofessional Perspectives

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. In its continued effort to support healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has produced three FREE self-directed courses on the pandemic’s influence on critical care practice.


The Global Surgical Package: What It Really Means for Critical Care in 2021

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Trauma surgeons, intensivists, and critical care physicians should keep up to date with the rules for the global surgical package and what it means for the provision of critical care services.


Innovative Strategies for Family Engagement

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Family engagement in critical care, a key component of the ICU Liberation campaign, has never been more on the forefront than during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Critical Care Education and Training: What Has Changed

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. The pandemic potentially altered the path of training and job placement for early-career critical care professionals.


Alternative Analgesia and Sedation Strategies During Drug Shortages

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Supply chain issues are making drug shortage more common. Know the alternative medications and routes of administration to continue providing quality care.


Optimization of Pharmacy Services When Time Is of the Essence

This article was first published in the Fall 2020 issue of Critical Connections. This article highlights a local stroke team’s treatment algorithm, which includes a clinical pharmacist.


Seeking Out Authenticity in the Face of Uncertainty

This article was first published in the Fall 2020 issue of Critical Connections. This article reviews the ethics in a case of an infant with complex cyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD) underwent initial palliative surgical repair complicated by prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and stroke.


CMS Rule Changes for Critical Care Services in 2022

This article was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Critical Connections. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule has been released, with many changes. One important change involves guidelines for critical care services and split/shared visits in the facility setting.


Leading by Example

Profiling leaders and organizations working to combat health disparities and establish trust in the communities they serve.This article was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Critical Connections. In populations hardest hit by COVID-19, innovative healthcare and community professionals created paradigm shifts to battle healthcare access limitations, distrust of the healthcare system, and healthcare literacy disparities in the new age of physical distancing. Here we identify some best practices and examples of organizations and healthcare leaders working to mitigate barriers to quality care for racial and ethnic minorities.


SCCM-ASA Joint Statement to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 - SCCM Joint Statement. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announce their plans to collaborate to address the COVID-19 crisis.


Clinical Distancing and Mitigation of Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Critical Care Explorations. In this commentary, the authors provide specific recommendations for the rapid implementation of clinical distancing techniques.