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ICU Liberation Conference

Developed by international experts, this course provides evidence-based strategies for the entire multiprofessional critical care team that aims to liberate patients from the harmful effects of an ICU stay. 


ICU Liberation Conference

September 14-15, 2022

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
Nashville, Tennessee

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to offer a two-day course in which participants will gain the knowledge and skills to improve ICU patient care through application of the pain, agitation/sedation, delirium, immobility, and sleep disruption (PADIS) guidelines. Focused, expert-led didactic lectures paired with small-group simulation labs will create a comprehensive learning experience led by international ICU Liberation experts. 

The course will cover the PADIS guideline recommendations and ICU Liberation Bundle (A-F) implementation in a multiprofessional clinical setting. Each day consists of significant hands-on experience of applying strategies during patient scenario simulations. 

Accredited continuing medical education credit hours are available to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists. 

Health and Safety

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ICU Liberation Conference

Wednesday, September 14 - Thursday, September 15, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central Time
Vanderbilt University Center , Nashville, Tennessee, USA

SCCM Members
Early Rate
By August 12, 2022
Advance Rate
By August 24, 2022
Full Rate
After August 24, 2022
Select Member - Physician ​$1,195 $1,315$1,440
Select Member - Healthcare Professional ​$890 $975$1070
Professional Member - Physician $1,270 $1,395$1,530
Professional Member - Healthcare Professional and Fellow* $950 $1,040$1,140
Associate Member - Physician $1,420 $1,555$1,705
Associate Member - Healthcare Professional $1,060 $1,160$1,275

* Fellows must be a member of SCCM's Sponsored Fellow Program.

Early Rate
By August 3, 2022
Advance Rate
By August 24, 2022
Full Rate
After August 24, 2022
Physician ​$1,420 $1,645$1,815
Healthcare Professional ​$1,120 $1,230$1,360

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 Policy 

Cancellations must be submitted in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $75 nonrefundable processing fee and must be postmarked before September 1, 2022 to be eligible for a refund. Cancellations postmarked after this date will not be refunded. Please allow four weeks to process refunds. In the event SCCM cancels this event, only individual registration fees will be reimbursed. SCCM shall not be liable for any costs, expenses, or fees related to the cancellation of travel and attendance associated with the event. This includes but is noted limited to cancellation of airlines tickets, car rental reservations, and hotel reservations. Booking, purchasing, or securing travel arrangements is at the risk of the registrant.

Conference Schedule

Subject to change
Day 1
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Completion of Pre-Test
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Introduction to ICU Liberation
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Issues and Answers
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. A: Assessment, Prevention, and Management of Pain
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. C: Choice of Analgesia and Sedation
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. D: Delirium Assessment, Prevention, and Management
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Introduction to Simulation Sessions: A, C, D
  • Assessment of Ventilated Patient
  • Assessment of Non-Ventilated Patient
  • Choice of Drug
  • Assessment Tools (CPOT, RASS)
1:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Simulation Rotations (30 minutes each)
3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Implementation Strategies
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Questions and Adjournment
Day 2
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Recap of Day 1
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

B: Spontaneous Awakening Trials (SATs) and
Spontaneous Breathing Trials (SBTs)

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. E: Early Mobility and Exercise
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. F: Family Engagement and Empowerment                    
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Good Sleep Hygiene
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Introduction to Simulation Sessions: B, E, F
  • Assessment of SAT and SBT
  • Early Mobility
  • Family Involvement
  • Panel Discussion: Q&A with the Experts
1:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Simulation Rotations (30 minutes each)
3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Open Discussion: What Have We Learned?
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Completion of Posttest and Adjournment

Invited Subject Matter Experts

Subject to change

Arna Banerjee, MD, MMHC, FCCM 
Arna Banerjee, MD, MMHC, FCCM 
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Nashville, Tennessee, USA 
Patricia J. Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN 
Patricia J. Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN 
Quality and Patient Safety Program Manager 
Michigan Medicine 
Northville, Michigan, USA
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose  

E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, MCCM 
Professor of Medicine and Critical Care 
Vanderbilt University 
Nashville, Tennessee, USA 
NIH/VA – Grant/Research funding; Bioxcel – grant funding; Eli Lilly – investigator; Pfizer – fees and honoraria; Orion – fees and honoraria 

Céline Gélinas, RN, PhD 
Full Professor of Nursing 
McGill University 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Timothy D. Girard, MD, MSCI 
Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 

Pratik P. Pandharipande, MD, FCCM 
Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Nashville, Tennessee, USA 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose 

Brenda T. Pun, DNP, RN, FCCM 
Director of Data Quality 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Nashville, Tennessee, USA 
Trevena – expert panel; Gilead – reviewer; Sedana - Consultant 

Jaspal Singh, MD, MHS, MHA, FCCM 
Professor of Medicine 
Carolinas Medical Center 
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 

Joanna L. Stollings, PharmD, FCCM 
MICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Nashville, Tennessee, USA 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose 

Gerald Weinhouse, MD 
Medical Director, Respiratory Care Services 
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA 
SpringerNature – Book editor 

Included With This Course

ICU Liberation, Second Edition, eBook

ICU Liberation, Second Edition, eBook

ICU Liberation, Second Edition offers practical application strategies for frontline staff to implement the ICU Liberation Bundle. The book offers strategies for effective interprofessional team-based care in the ICU, performance improvement methods, and the use of data to drive implementation of the bundle. Topics addressed in this new edition include clarifying the role sleep plays in recovery from critical illness, examining updated data collection methods, providing insight into patient and family challenges beyond the ICU, and implementing the ICU Liberation bundle in the pediatric population.

Hotel and Travel


Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tennessee

This understated all-suite hotel is a half-mile from Vanderbilt University, two miles from the Tennessee State Capitol, and a mile from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Down-to-earth one- and two-bedroom suites offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and sitting areas with pull-out sofas, minifridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Complimentary perks include breakfast, and regular evening socials with snacks and drinks. Other amenities include a gym, sauna, and meeting and event space. There's also a hot tub, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a casual restaurant/bar. Parking is available for an extra cost. 

SCCM rate*: $209 single/double occupancy  

*Rate does not include applicable taxes.

Reservations: Make your hotel reservation by August 22, 2022, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate between September 10 and September 18, 2022

To book, visit SCCM's exclusive link and enter your dates to receive the discounted rate. Reservations can also be made by calling the toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS and providing the Reservations Group Code "ILC."

Course attendees are encouraged to reserve their rooms early. Reservations made after August 22, 2022 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. to avoid a charge of one night’s room and tax. An early departure fee may apply. 

Air Travel

SCCM is pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to the ICU Liberation Conference.

United Airlines
By phone: +1 800 426-1122
By email:
Discount Booking Code: ZK4D830186 

Car Rental

Hertz is offering SCCM course participants a 5% discount on compact, midsize, and full-size car rentals. 

Discount Booking Code: 2199579

Continuing Education

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and physician assistants are eligible to receive up to 15 ACE credit hours.

Learning Objectives  

  • Discuss the state of science in regard to the pain, agitation, delirium, immobility, and sleep disruption (PADIS) guidelines and ICU Liberation (A-F) bundle 
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials 
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium and immobility in the intensive care unit (ICU) 
  • Apply available tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PADIS guideline monitoring and management using plan-do-study-act cycles 
  • Develop and implement discipline-specific interventions in the ICU

Target Audience   

This continuing education offering is intended to meet the needs of any healthcare provider involved in the care of critically ill patients, including advanced practice nurses, anesthesiologists, critical care nurses, emergency medicine practitioners, intensivists, internists, neurologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, and respiratory care practitioners. 

Type of Activity   

This live activity will provide highly skilled experts the ability to synthesize the existing literature in the field to apply concepts in practice. 

Claiming Credit  

You can access the your evaluation; and claim your ACE credit by logging in to your MySCCM account with your SCCM Customer ID and password, then clicking on the icon for the course you are enrolled in under the MyLearning tab. If needed, you can click "Forgot my password" to reset your secure password.

Credit Hours   

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

Designation Statement: The Society of Critical Care Medicine designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only those hours of credit that they actually spent in the educational activity.  

Nurses: The ICU Liberation Simulation Conference activity has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 8181, for up to 15 contact hours.   

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Description automatically generatedPharmacists: The Society of Critical Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This enduring educational activity provides up to 15 contact hours of continuing education credit.

PLEASE NOTE: All Live Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education credits must be claimed by November 13, 2022. After this date, credits will not be accepted by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.  

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 the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), 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 Physicians Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 15 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.   

SCCM Grievance Procedures Policy 

To provide due process in the evaluation and mediation of grievances concerning ACE activities, this Grievance Procedures Policy was developed. Grievances may concern, but are not limited to, the awarding of credit for individual participation and/or registration fees issues.  

  • A written complaint or grievance should be submitted to the Education Department. 
  • The Education Department will attempt to resolve the grievance of the complainant. 
  • If the initial response is unsatisfactory to the complainant, the matter will be referred to the CEO/EVP for action. 
  • If the response from the CEO/EVP is unsatisfactory to the complainant, the matter will be referred to the SCCM Executive Committee. The ruling of the Executive Committee will be final. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course provides opportunities for sponsors to bring their marketing message and information about their products and services directly to key members of the intensive care/critical care unit team.
Multiple opportunities are available to target your company’s goals and meet your budget when you become a sponsor.

Contact Desiree Ng at +1 847 827-7188 for more information.

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