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SCCM Pod-464 CCM: More Communication: Who Needs it? Families Do!

Written communication, as a supplement to traditional verbal communication, may overcome some of the challenges that clinicians face when engaging with families in the ICU. Learn more in this discussion of the Critical Care Medicine article “Daily Written Care Summaries for Families of Critically Ill Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial." This podcast is sponsored by Sound Physicians.


Improving the Critical Care Experience of LGBTQIA+ Patients and Families

This article was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Critical Connections. When critically ill or injured patients need the services of a critical care team, they are at their most vulnerable. Here are six simple strategies that trained intensivists and critical care specialists can use to improve the critical care experience of the LGBTQIA+ patients and families they serve.


IDSA Resources: Professional Development

SCCM’s COVID-19 Rapid Resource Center now links to pertinent content from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network. These resources are categorized as Professional Development


Tips for Speaking with the Media (Infographic)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have received many requests for media appearances and interviews to help inform the public. This infographic provides strategies and techniques to increase confidence of providers participating in media communications.


Conflict Management: Vaccination Status

Review the three part approach to management of Vaccination Status Conflicts.


Parallel Pandemics From the Mind of Medicine (Podcast)

This is a podcast series accounting for the parallel pandemics of COVID-19 and clinician burnout, while introducing the story of one undocumented patient who helped to reveal the authentic feelings and values of his healthcare team. With historically high mortality rates in the ICU and pervasive emotional and physical fatigue, this ICU team in Marietta, Georgia had the courage to hope and the commitment to care.


Media Training in the Era of COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers receive many requests for media appearances and interviews to help inform the public. This training will provide strategies and techniques to increase confidence of providers participating in media communications.


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.


HHS Resource: Surgeon General Releases Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been exposed to an abundance of information from a large number of sources.


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


Safety and Feasibility of an Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach to Optimize Recovery From Critical Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Critical Care Explorations. In this study, the authors examined the safety and feasibility of a multimodal in-person or telehealth treatment program, administered in acute recovery phase for patients surviving critical coronavirus disease 2019. They found that multimodal treatment program combining care from an interdisciplinary team in an ICU Recovery Clinic with physical rehabilitation is safe and feasible in patients surviving the ICU for coronavirus disease 2019 acute respiratory failure.


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 Centered Care

COVID considerations re: the "F" Element of the ICU Liberation Bundle. Cleveland Clinic example of Family Involvement & Engagement. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.

Curriculum Topic: ICU Liberation Bundle Implementation & Challenges


What processes should be established to update family members on the patient’s progress, especially if the patient is declining?

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 May 12th, 2021


Do you suggest encouraging families to delegate a single spokesperson for the family to receive information?

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 April 14th, 2021


What is the most appropriate practice for handling information about COVID-19 patients when talking with patients’ families?

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 April 14th, 2021


The Initial Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic on ICU Family Engagement: Lessons Learned From a Collaborative of 27 ICUs

From Critical Care Explorations. While the collaborative model can help promote ICU family engagement initiatives, the authors found that coronavirus disease 2019 has impeded implementation of these initiatives even among motivated units.


Collaboration Between Tele-ICU Programs Has the Potential to Rapidly Increase the Availability of Critical Care Physicians—Our Experience Was During Coronavirus Disease 2019 Nomenclature

From Critical Care Explorations.  The authors describe implementing a connected network between two tele-ICU programs to support staffing and rounding during the first wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in the United States.


Virtual Communication Embedded Bedside ICU Rounds: A Hybrid Rounds Practice Adapted to the Coronavirus Pandemic

From Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. In this article, the authors found that hybrid rounds employed during pandemic facilitated social distancing while retaining patient-centered multidisciplinary ICU rounds but compromised teaching during rounds.


Live Tweeting the Discovery of a New Coronavirus Disease 2019–Related Syndrome in Children

From Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The authors of this Editorial sought to assess the evolving discussion surrounding the naming of a novel pediatric hyperinflammatory syndrome – a condition that showed overlapping features of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome -- through the analysis of its evolution around the Twitter hashtag #PedsICU.


Can you discuss the psychological needs of the patient and family regarding family involvement and end-of-life issues

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 12, 2020.


SCCM Pod-413 COVID-19 Fact Versus Science Fiction

Explore the need for randomized COVID-19 clinical trials and the difficulties and potential consequences of misinformation (Ingraham N, et al. Crit Care Explor. 2020;2:e0108) with host Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, and Nicholas E. Ingraham, MD.


Using Social Media for Rapid Information Dissemination in a Pandemic: #PedsICU and Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. In this report, the authors describe the use and impact of a targeted strategy for international collaboration and rapid information dissemination on Twitter among members of the pediatric critical care community during a global pandemic.


Paved With Good Intentions: Hospital Visitation Restrictions in the Age of Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Using their experience in a pediatric intensive care unit, the authors surveyed the shortcomings of current visitation restrictions.


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.


How can clinicians foster communication between patients and their families?

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.


SCCM/AARC: Maximizing the Respiratory Team Dynamic: Effective Patient Care During a Pandemic

This expert panel representatives from Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) teamed up to discuss how ICU respiratory care teams can work together more cohesively when caring for COVID-19 patients. Recorded on: Thursday, May 14, 2020


The Need for Continued Compassion in Healthcare Beyond COVID-19

This resource details how compassion in healthcare has changed with COVID-19. This is a community developed COVID-19 microlearning resource.


Provider Labor Pool Deployment Workflow and Inpatient Competency and Training Guide

This resource is a quick training guide on labor pool deployment workflow and inpatient competency. This is a community developed COVID-19 microlearning resource.


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.


Managing Staff Burnout During a Pandemic

This presentation is an overview of proper staff preparation during a pandemic to help avoid burnout. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


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.


COVID-19 ICU Update on​ Telegram Messenger

This presentation reviews how clinicians are sharing COVID-19 stories and management information through an online communication tool during the pandemic. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


In Time of Plague: Healthcare Literacy During a Pandemic

This presentation is an overview of why health literacy considerations are important when communicating with COVID-19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.