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

This conference has reached capacity and registration is now closed. To be place on a waitlist, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6869.

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


 Faculty Disclosures


 Hotel & Travel

Because of great interest in the ICU Liberation and Animation Conference, the Hutton Hotel room block is sold out.

If you have a confirmed hotel reservation through the Hutton Hotel and need to cancel or change your reservation, please contact the hotel directly. 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. The contact information is:

Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Phone: +1 615 340-9333

For new hotel reservations, please contact one of the Vanderbilt campus area hotels listed below. These hotels are not contracted with SCCM. Rooms and rates are based on availability at time of booking. Cancellation policies may vary, so make sure to ask about the policy before reserving a hotel room.

Aloft Nashville West End
+1 615 329-4200

Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
+1 615 327-9900

Embassy Suites Nashville – at Vanderbilt
+1 615 320-8899

Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt
+1 615 329-1144

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt
+1 615 369-5900

Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt
+1 615 254-2170

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
+1 615 320-1700

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
+1 615 988-9930
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.