Bringing Best Practices to Your ICU: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Caring for the Critically Ill

Chicago, IL US
March 7, 2019 to March 9, 2019
The University of Chicago Medicine is proud to present a two and a half day course structured to improve the inter-professional team’s management of patients with critical illness through implementation of the ABCDEF bundle:
  • A-assess, prevent, and manage pain
  • B-both spontaneous breathing trials and spontaneous awakening trials 
  • C-choice of analgesia and sedation
  • D-delirium assessment, prevention, and management
  • E-early mobilization and exercise
  • F-family engagement and empowerment
While advancements in the care of patients with respiratory failure have improved survival rates, many patients suffer long term functional, neuromuscular, and neurocognitive impairments. Utilization of the ABCDEF bundle has been shown to significantly reduce the long term deleterious effects of surviving critical illness. Yet, implementation can be challenging for the inter-professional team due to the complexity of the ICU environment and the acuity of illness.
This course will highlight the common complications for ICU survivors including neuromuscular weakness and neurocognitive functioning.  We will discuss the evidence surrounding the efficacy of the ABCDEF bundle, practical ways to implement each bundle element, and strategies to improve bundle utilization.  This course will also feature breakout sessions to discuss the inter-professional nuts and bolts of bundle implementation and roundtable discussion to ask the experts about best practice for the critically ill.
The University of Chicago’s state-of-the-art simulation center will set the stage for hands-on application of knowledge and techniques to actual patient scenarios.
The aim of the course is to increase health care providers' knowledge, skill, and ease of treating and caring for patients with complex medical conditions and provide tools for improved inter-professional involvement in their intensive care units using a bundled approach.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in optimizing ICU patient recovery and outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evidence surrounding the ABCDEF bundle;
  • Discuss strategies for bundle implementation in the ICU setting;
  • Identify potential barriers to implementation in individual institutions including implications for staffing and costs;
  • Analyze the roles different healthcare professionals have incorporating the ABCDEF bundle into an ICU;
  • Outline ways the ABCDEF bundle can be incorporated into the care of ICU patients.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Event starts: 
03/07/2019 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
03/09/2019 - 1:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
American Board of Internal Medicine MOC Part II Credit
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 13 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
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Please Note: Requests to claim MOC Part II credit must be made within one month to report to the ABIM. Requests to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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