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SCCM Pod-249 Risk Factors for Acquiring Functional and Cognitive Disabilities During Admission to a PICU

Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Meredith F. Bone, MD, MSCI, about the article, “Risk Factors for Acquiring Functional and Cognitive Disabilities During Admission to a PICU,” published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-247 Early Mobilization in the PICU

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Ira Cheifetz, MD, FCCM, Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Cheifetz discusses “Early Mobility Implementation Strategies (Peds),” which he presented at the 43rd Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, California.


SCCM Pod-244 Early Mobility Implementation Strategies

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Heidi J. Engel, PT, DPT of UCSF Medical Center, regarding her lecture on “Early Mobility Implementation Strategies,” which she presented during the 43rd Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, California.


SCCM Pod-240 Project Emerge: Improving Safety and Quality of Patient Care Through Systems Engineering

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Adam Sapirstein, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Sapirstein discusses “Project Emerge: Improving Safety and Quality of Patient Care Through Systems Engineering,” which he presented at the 43rd Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, California.


SCCM Pod-234: Pediatric Intensive Care in South Africa: Making Optimum Use of Limited Resources

Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, speaks with Andrew Argent, MD, about his article published in the January Pediatric Critical Care Medicine titled, “Pediatric Intensive Care in South Africa: Making Optimum Use of Limited Resources at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.”


SCCM Pod-204 CCM: Surveillance Definitions for VAP

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, about his article, “Objective Surveillance Definitions for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia,” published in the December issue of Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-198 CCM: Cost Savings and Quality Improvement

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Amay Parikh, MD, MBA, MS, lead author on an article published in the October Critical Care Medicine, “Quality Improvement and Cost Savings After Implementation of the Leapfrog Intensive Care Unit Physician Staffing Standard at a Community Teaching Hospital.”


SCCM Pod-184 PCCM: Health-Related Outcomes in Children

Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, associate podcast editor, speaks with Nana Coleman, MD, EdM, about her editorial published in the July Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, “Health-Related Outcomes in Children After Critical Illness.”


SCCM Pod-183: Healthcare in the 21st Century

Robert M. Pearl, MD, discusses the state of U.S. medicine as well as the importance of information technology and the future of healthcare reform with podcast editor Jeffrey Guy, MD, MSc, MMHC.


SCCM Pod-162 Healthcare Quality: How Did We Get Here?

Kristine Lombardozzi, MD, FCCM, discusses her article published in the August Critical Connections titled, “Understanding the Evolution of Our National Healthcare Quality Improvement Process,” which outlines the origins and history of healthcare quality that brought us to where we are today.


SCCM Pod-100 Peter J. Pronovost Looks to the Future of Patient Safety

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, discusses patient safety research and future efforts to reduce infections in the intensive care unit in this special 100th episode of the iCritical Care Podcasts.


Implementation Challenges of Clinical Practice Guidelines

"Implementation Challenges of Clinical Practice Guidelines" was published in the February/March 2017 issue of Critical Connections.


Improving Patient Care Through the ICU Liberation Campaign

"Improving Patient Care Through the ICU Liberation Campaign" was published in the February/March 2019 issue of Critical Connections.
​A a new study (Pun et al. Crit Care Med. 2019;47:3-14) by the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Collaborative found that, when it comes to caring for critically ill patients, implementation of a bundle approach showed significant and clinically meaningful improvements in outcomes.


Pediatric ICU Team Success: Implementing the ICU Liberation Campaign

"Pediatric ICU Team Success: Implementing the ICU Liberation Campaign" was published in the August/September 2018 issue of Critical Connections.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Pediatric ICU (PICU) Liberation Collaborative worked with hospital teams across the United States to optimize pain control and reduce sedative exposure and time on mechanical ventilation.


Letting Kids Be Kids: A Tale of Transforming PICU Immobility Culture

"Letting Kids Be Kids: A Tale of Transforming PICU Immobility Culture" was published in the August/September 2018 issue of Critical Connections.

SCCM’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Liberation Collaborative was comprised of 8 PICU teams who focused on adapting and adopting the ABCDEF Bundle in the PICU setting.


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 value, quality, and safety of care delivered to patients in your ICUs.


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 public health problem for infants, children, and adolescents worldwide. Here are five important things to know about pediatric sepsis.


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 patient recovery, quality of care, and patient and staff satisfaction.


Does My Documentation Tell the Story in Critical Care?

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections. In critical care, documentation requirements are not spelled out in as much detail as they are for non-critical care, which prompts the question, What do I need to document to support billing my critical care services?


The Importance of Good Sleep in the ICU

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Critically ill patients commonly experience severe sleep disruption and deprivation. Excessive sleep fragmentation, reduced REM sleep, and loss of normal circadian rhythm are common.