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

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Critical Care History Science and Scientists: The Building of the ABCDEFs

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

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Introduction to Simulation Labs

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Team Rotations in Simulation Lab

1. RASS and CAM-ICU in Nonventilated Patient Scenario

2. RASS and CAM-ICU in Ventilated Patient Scenario 

3. Panel Discussion

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

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Choice of Drug

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Team Rotations in Simulation Lab

1. Assessment for SAT and SBT Scenario

2. Medication Scenario

3. Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Recap of Day 1

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Delirium: Prevention and Monitoring

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Early Mobility and Rehabilitation 

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Team Rotations in Simulation Lab

1. Mobility Scenario

2. Brain Roadmap for Rounds Scenario 

3. Panel Discussion

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Family Involvement During and After Intensive Care

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Open Discussion: Now What Do We Do Back at Our institution?

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Patient and Family Testimonial





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

John C. Lin, MD
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri, 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 and airfare information coming spring 2017.


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 Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville. Please contact Desiree Ng at or +1 847 827-7188 to discuss.