Live Event

ICU Liberation and Animation: Operationalizing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines Through the ABCDEF Bundle
September 12-13, 2017
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The Society of Critical Care Medicine is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to offer a two-day didactic and simulation conference that will review implementation strategies and discuss approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team. 

  • Review the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle
  • Learn strategies for implementation and management of the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle in the ICU
  • Gain a significant hands-on experience by applying strategies during patient scenario simulations
  • Earn 14 continuing medical education credit hours (available to physicians, nurses and pharmacists)

Internationally recognized faculty will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will then be able to implement these strategies within their hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) after the conference.​




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Overview
Matthew Aldrich, John C. Lin

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Critical Care History, Science, and
Scientists: The Building of the ABCDEFs
E. Wes Ely

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. How to Use the Tools: Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT),
Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS), Sedation-Agitation Scale (SAS),
Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU)
Mary Ann Barnes-Daly

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Introduction to Skill Stations
Pratik P. Pandharipande

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions in Simulation Lab
- RASS and CAM-ICU in Nonventilated Patient Scenario
- RASS and CAM-ICU in Ventilated Patient Scenario
- Panel Discussion
- Optional Simulation: Pediatric Assessment

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Spontaneous Awakening Trial (SAT)/
Spontaneous Breathing Trial (SBT) Coordination
E. Wes Ely, John P. Kress

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Choice of Drug
John W. Devlin, Pratik P. Pandharipande

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions in Simulation Lab
- Assessment for SAT and SBT Trials Scenario
- Medication Scenario
- Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Day 1 Recap
Matthew Aldrich, John C. Lin

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Delirium: Prevention and Monitoring
John W. Devlin

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Early Mobility and Rehabilitation
Heidi J. Engel, Kate Klein

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions in Simulation Lab
- Mobility Scenario
- Sedative and Antipsychotic Medication Scenario
- Panel Discussion

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
James C. Jackson

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Family Involvement after the ICU
Matthew Aldrich

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Open Discussion: What Do We Do Back at Our Institution?
All Faculty




Matthew Aldrich, MD
University of San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, California, USA

John C. Lin
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Arna Banerjee, MD, FCCM
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, CCRN, RN, MS DC
Sutter Health System
Sacramento, California, USA

John W. Devlin, PharmD
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Heidi J. Engel, PT, DPT
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, California, USA

E. Wes Ely, MD, FCCM
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

James C. Jackson, PsyD
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Kate E. Klein, ACNP
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Pratik P. Pandharipande, MD, FCCM
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA



Registration Fees
Registration Category ​Early Rate
(Act by 7/19/17)
Advance Rate
(Act by 8/16/17)​
​On-Site Rate

SCCM Member
​Physician ​$845 ​$895 ​$945
​Fellow, Resident, Student, and other Healthcare Professional* ​$640 ​$690 ​$740

​Physician ​$1045 ​$1095 ​$1145
​Fellow, Resident, Student, and other Healthcare Professional* ​$790 ​$840 $890
* Verification letter required with registration for fellows, residents and students to receive the Healthcare Professional rate. 
Registration Options
Phone: +1 847 827-6888
Fax or Mail: Download the Registration Form
Payment Information
  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards are accepted.
  • Check or international money order, payable to SCCM, may be used to register via mail only.
  • Fees must be paid in U.S. funds and checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
  • For information on paying via wire transfer, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.
  • Inquiries can be emailed to
Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations must be submitted in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $75 non-refundable processing fee and must be postmarked prior to August 16, 2017, to be eligible for a refund. Cancellations postmarked after this date will not be refunded. Dates for ICU Liberation and Animation are subject to change and/or cancellation. In the event of cancellation, only individual registration fees will be reimbursed. Please allow four weeks to process refunds.

 Hotel & Travel

Hotel Accomodations  
Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Book online

Enjoy boutique elegance in the heart of Nashville. Sleek and contemporary design mix with warm and welcoming service and give a new meaning to southern hospitality at the Hutton Hotel. Appointed for refined comfort and modern convenience, Hutton is conveniently located in downtown Nashville, offering easy access to the city’s famed music row and shopping as well as downtown businesses, restaurants, and more. In addition to its inviting guest rooms and amazing restaurants, the hotel offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms.

SCCM rate: $229 single/double occupancy (does not include applicable taxes)

Reservations: Make your hotel reservation by August 21, 2017, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate. Reserve a room online or call +1 615 340-9333 and identify yourself as a participant in SCCM’s 2017 ICU Liberation and Animation conference. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their rooms early.
Reservations made after August 21, 2017, may not receive the discounted rate. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled check-in time of 4:00 p.m. in order to avoid a charge of one night’s room and tax. An early departure fee may apply.
Air Travel
Attendees and guests are eligible for a discount of up to 10% off published United Airlines fares when traveling between September 8 and September 18, 2017. Please reference the offer codes below when booking.
By phone: +1 800 426-1122
By e-mail:
Agreement code: 285621
Z code: ZYK4
Please note: Booking by phone or e-mail may incur an additional service fee per ticket. Such service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, both oneway and round-trip. Please allow 24 hours for e-mail requests to be processed.
Car Rental
SCCM has negotiated special car rental rates for the 2017 ICU Liberation and Animation conference with Hertz. Discounted rates are available for rentals checked out and returned between September 2 and September 20, 2017. To receive the discounted rates, please refer to the information below.
CV #: 050D0006
By phone: +1 800 654-2240 (toll-free) or +1 405 749-4434
Travel Regulations for International Visitors
Please visit the U.S. Department of State website at for the latest information regarding international travel. Travelers to the United States from Visa Waiver Program countries must go to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization website ( and complete an application before entering the country by air or sea. If approved, the authorization is valid for two years and can be renewed. Travelers no longer need to complete an I-94W form before each trip to the United States.


VUMC Policy on industry interactions prohibits sponsorships/exhibits. Therefore, limited commercial activities (i.e. industry education workshops or promotional symposia) may be considered at the Hutton Hotel. Please contact Desiree Ng at or +1 847 827-7188 to discuss.



Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regard to the pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines and ABCDEF bundle 
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, and immobility in the ICU
  • Apply the tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PAD monitoring and management using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles
  • Develop and implement discipline specific interventions for use in the ICU

Target Audience
This continuing education activity is intended to meet the needs of advanced practice nurses, anesthesiologists, clinical pharmacists, critical care
educators, clinical nurse specialists, emergency department physicians, ICU medical directors, ICU nurse managers, internists, neurosurgeons,
neurologists, nurses, adult and pediatric physicians, physician assistants, respiratory care  practitioners, trauma surgeons, and all other providers who care for patients in any setting in which critical care is provided.

Type of Activity
This live activity will focus on applying knowledge and a quality improvement initiative that focuses on implementation of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s PAD guidelines using the newly modified ABCDEF bundle.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) supports recommendations that will promote lifelong learning through continuing education. SCCM
promotes activities that encourage the highest quality in education that will enhance knowledge, competence, or performance in critical care practice. This activity will meet the following competencies: 

  • Practice Applications
  • Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Communication

Credit Hours
Physicians: Accreditation Statement: The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: SCCM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Each physician
should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Nurses: This activity has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 8181, for up to 13.5 contact hours for this activity.

Pharmacists: The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This live educational activity provides up to 13.5 contact hours of continuing education credit
(0236-0000-17-007-L05-P). SCCM reports to a continuing pharmacy education (CPE) tracking service, CPE Monitor, which will authenticate
and store data for completed CPE units received by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The tracking system will make CPE data for each
participant available to the state boards of pharmacy where the participant is licensed or registered. After CPE units are processed by ACPE and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to log in to a comprehensive electronic profile to access information about their completed CPE.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified
for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 13.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.