The World Day of the Critical Lung

On November 17, 2017, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will partner in the first edition of The World Day of the Critical Lung, hosted by the Pan American and Iberian Federation of Critical Medicine and Intensive Care Societies.

This free global, bilingual (Spanish and English) online event will feature well-recognized professionals from around the world and provide updates on advances in the field of critical lung care and treatment of patients with severe lung diseases. Visit the event website for more information and to register.

Critical Care Community Hurricane Response

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) was recently profiled on the .orgCommunity website in recognition of its response to Hurricane Maria. The article highlights the various efforts of the Society and the response of the critical care community in providing aide to those in Puerto Rico. We thank all the members of the critical care community who responded to calls for volunteers and who shipped non-medical supplies in our Amazon donation drive. Special thanks also is due to our vendor partners, who donated medical supplies to those in need on the island. Look for the Giving Issue of Critical Connections in November for a full profile on SCCM’s response to the hurricanes that impacted the critical care community.

Congress Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 48th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by January 31, 2018, for possible inclusion in the 2019 program.

You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. You may submit multiple sessions for consideration.

For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Please note: The Congress Program Planning Committee reserves the right to change, alter, merge, and reject sessions, titles, content, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

The 2019 Congress will be held in San Diego, California, USA, February 17 to 20, 2019. Registration opens June 2018.

Discover San Antonio at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress is quickly approaching! During your stay in San Antonio, make plans to see the sights and experience the unique culture of the host city.

  • Visit the Alamo, the site of a pinnacle battle in 1836 during the Texas Revolution March.
  • Explore the Riverwalk on foot or by open-air barge. The Riverwalk features an assortment of restaurants, theaters, shops, and entertainment.
  • Check out Market Square, which highlights the rich culture of San Antonio and boasts an abundance of family-owned cafes, working artists, and the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande.
  • Tour the Spanish Missions, which contain historically and architecturally significant sculptures and other important cultural resources.
  • Take an outing to La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. This historic village houses shops, art galleries, and many restaurants.

Discover what makes San Antonio unforgettable. Visit www.sccm.org/SanAntonio for more information.

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Register online today.

APP Webcast On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Vishal Bakshi, PA-C, Chief APP Intensivist of Emory Healthcare, and Deborah E. Stein, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Clinical Program Director, NP Fellowship, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, cover the following topics:

  • Importance of a strong onboarding process
  • Mentorship and collegial relationships
  • Tracking methods that can be incorporated into performance metrics

Moderated by Roy H. Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency On Demand, can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs or it can be used by individuals to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

The MCCKAP examination is offered online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and individual fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each individual fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the test. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 22, 2017.

Outcomes of Mandated Sepsis Bundles

It is a requirement in some hospitals to follow protocols for the early identification and treatment of sepsis. However, there is controversy about whether more rapid treatment of sepsis improves outcomes in patients. Therefore, Seymour et al set out to determine the association between the time until completion of the 3-hour bundle and risk-adjusted mortality.

They found that more rapid completion of the 3-hour bundle of sepsis care and rapid antibiotics, but not rapid completion of an initial bolus of intravenous fluids, were associated with lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the third round of seed grants to foster an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. These groups will offer survivors mutual support and the opportunity to share solutions to the challenges of recovery after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

The goal of these grants is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing an international network.

Applications are now open and close on November 3, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Phase 2 of the THRIVE Program

The THRIVE initiative aims to help educate patients, their families, and the healthcare community about post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and provides resources for how to thrive after an ICU stay. There are a few openings for members to serve on the THRIVE Task Force. Interested members should send an email to president@sccm.org with a brief statement on why you are interested in serving.

ICU Liberation On Demand

The latest version of ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand is now available for purchase. Experience all the same didactic sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) live 2017 ICU Liberation and Animation conference, held in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office, an ideal solution for those who are unable to leave the workplace for training.

Learn about implementation strategies and approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team. Internationally recognized faculty present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs.

Videos containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from every session of the live course are provided in a searchable format, so you can access the entire program as if you were there. Once you have purchased ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand, you can access it as often as you like by logging into MySCCM.org.

Purchase online using your Customer ID and password for the price of $155 for members ($195 nonmembers). For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Congress Plenary Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Register online today.

Participants are encouraged to attend the plenary sessions. These thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FNCS, MCCM
Lifetime Achievement Award
How Critical Illness Affects the Brain … and Vice Versa

Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Rethinking Mentorship

Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS
Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
Military Lessons Learned for the Modern ICU

Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD
Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Sepsis: A Threat That Needs a Global Solution

Kevin Tracey, MD
Bioelectronic Medicine: A Jump-Start in Critical Illness

Steve A. Webb, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACP, FCICM, FAAHMS
Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them from a Global Perspective

For more information and to view the Preliminary Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Coding and Billing Webcast On Demand

Understanding how to code for critical care, what services can be reported separately, and how to prepare proper documentation are important for the financial stability and overall success of the provider organization.

In the On Demand webcast, Understanding How to Code and Bill for Critical Care Services from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Deb Grider, CPC, COC, CPC-1, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP, a nationally recognized coding and documentation expert from Karen Zupko & Associates, Inc., reviews these points as well as the rules, tips, and pitfalls to avoid when reporting critical care services and potential missed opportunities for reimbursement that can be costly to your practice.

Once you’ve purchased the On Demand webcast, it can be accessed anytime in your MySCCM account.

Additional coding and billing content will be covered at the 2018 Coding and Billing course, to be held February 24, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, before SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register today.

If you have questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Examining Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a major public health problem affecting over 300,000 persons in the United States each year. Therefore, Wang et al set out to determine if arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide abnormalities in the first 24 hours after return of spontaneous circulation are associated with increased mortality in adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

They found that in the first 24 hours after return of spontaneous circulation, post-arrest
oxygen and carbon dioxide tension abnormalities are associated with increased out-of-hospital cardiac arrest mortality.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

Central Mexico Earthquake

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to the recent earthquake in Central Mexico. Leadership is in contact with those in the affected area and stands ready to assist and provide support. The Society has already distributed disaster response-related materials to those in the affected area and is poised to send calls for volunteers should such requests be made.

The Society has posted a number of complimentary disaster-related resources helpful in the response to earthquakes at www.sccm.org/disaster. This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to the earthquake.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at emergency@sccm.org.

If you are in the affected area, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during this disaster are so very much appreciated! We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the remainder of SCCM’s community to support you as much as possible.

Our best wishes during this challenging situation.

Hurricane Maria

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to Hurricane Maria. Leadership is in contact with those in the affected regions and stands ready to assist and provide support. The Society has already distributed disaster response-related materials to those in the affected areas and is poised to send calls for volunteers should such requests be made.

The Society has posted a number of complimentary disaster-related resources helpful in the response to hurricanes at www.sccm.org/disaster. This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to Hurricane Maria and any other storms that may form.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at emergency@sccm.org.

If you are in the affected areas, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during this disaster are so very much appreciated! We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the remainder of SCCM’s community to support you as much as possible.

Our best wishes during this challenging situation.

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