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Content Type: Articles

Early Identification of Sepsis: The Journey Since the Sepsis on the Wards Collaborative

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections.  AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA, had a unique opportunity to impact the care provided to patients with sepsis in partnership with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s (...

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Building a Case for Tele-Critical Care to Improve Quality

This article was originally published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Telemedicine in critical care has been intensely watched and widely debated in the literature.

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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 t...

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Creating a Culture of Caring: An ICU Patient Profile

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The world of Rana Awdish, MD, changed on the last day of her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It was 2008, and Dr. Awdish, who was seven...

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The ICU Liberation Bundle: An Emphasis on Nonpharmacologic Interventions

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The ICU Liberation Bundle (formerly the ABCDEF Bundle) represents the blueprint for implementing the ICU liberation initiative within intensive care units (ICUs) around the world that aims to ...

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Coding Corner: Revisiting Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Services

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing.  Neonatal and pediatric critical care coding guidelines have been modified over the years, but the definitions re...

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Drug Shortages: Peripheral Vasopressors: Friend or Foe?

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The Drug Shortages column addresses recent events and issues related to drug shortages. Hemodynamic emergencies are common in the critical care arena. Once fluid resuscitation fails t...

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Enhancing Diversity and Professional Development Through Mentorship

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of  Critical Connections . Fostering diversity is an ideal that we strive to achieve in our profession. However, if asked to recall specific examples from the past year in which we have actively participated in...

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Perspectives on Mentorship

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . As an experienced provider who has changed roles several times, I have several perspectives on the role of mentorship in the development of a practitioner. Early in my career, despite...

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The Role of Mentorship for Women in Critical Care Medicine

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . As recognition grows about the disparities that exist for women in the workplace, it creates an opportunity to discuss ways to advance and support women in critical care. In this art...

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Mentorship During Fellowship: A Real-World Experience

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Mentorship programs have a proven and well-established benefit for professional development. In 2018, the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Postgraduate and Fellowship Educat...

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Exploring Ethics: How to Deal with Challenging Family Situations

"How to Deal with Challenging Family Situations" was published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care pra...

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ICU Capacity Strain: The Need for Standardization of Definitions

"ICU Capacity Strain: The Need for Standardization of Definitions" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . There is an increasing appreciation in the medical community that capacity of the intensive care unit (ICU) is a vital issue in regard to pa...

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Five Ways to Find Research Opportunities Outside Academia

"Five Ways to Find Research Opportunities Outside Academia" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Research is vital to advancements in care and improving human health outcomes in all settings, including critical care.

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Research Support for Early Career Investigators

"Research Support for Early Career Investigators" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Early career is never an easy time—there are multiple ongoing challenges, a new work environment, new colleagues, and probably a new electronic medical reco...

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Using Multiple Imputation to Avoid Bias From Missing Data in Critical Care Research

"Using Multiple Imputation to Avoid Bias From Missing Data in Critical Care Research" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Missing data is a common, yet often overlooked, source of bias in critical care studies. 1,2 The key concern with missin...

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Waiver of Informed Consent in Emergency Situations

"Waiver of Informed Consent in Emergency Situations" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Obtaining informed consent for participation in research reinforces the ethical principle of autonomy by providing the opportunity for individuals to mak...

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Advancing Research for Effective Alerts to Avoid Alert Fatigue

"Advancing Research for Effective Alerts to Avoid Alert Fatigue" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Quality improvement efforts often focus on fixing problems with the aid of technology, including clinical decision support (CDS); unfortunate...

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Five Important Things to Know About Pediatric Sepsis

"Five Important Things to Know About Pediatric Sepsis" was published in the August/September 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Sepsis is about ten times less common in pediatric patients than in adults but nonetheless remains an important and potentially devastating publ...

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Improving Value, Quality, and Safety in Your ICU with the ICU Liberation Campaign

"Improving Value, Quality, and Safety in Your ICU with the ICU Liberation Campaign" was published in the August/September 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . Implementing the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s evidence-based ABCDEF bundle can significantly improve the val...

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