Participate in Twitter Chat Centered on Sepsis

You are encouraged to participate in a twitter chat on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (CT) that will feature Dr. Richard Besser of ABC News discussing sepsis. Dr. Richard Besser is the Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News.

To participate, use #abcDrBchat. This chat is part of World Sepsis Day, which is on September 13.

If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to review resources related to the new sepsis definitions released earlier this year in advance of the twitter chat.

Register for January Ultrasound Courses

Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in immediate patient management by learning or enhancing point-of-care skills during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) critical care ultrasound courses.

Obtain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging with SCCM’s comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric course. In each, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant. Learn from a world-renowned faculty comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.

Both courses will be held January 25 and 26, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, following SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric event registration page.

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

Free CE Credit Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

If you were unable to attend the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA, or simply couldn’t make it to all sessions of interest, you can still experience several popular industry-supported sessions online. Review the content at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and earn free continuing education credit by viewing any of the following complimentary webcasts and then applying for credit.

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Improving Clinical Outcomes and Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.

Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each webcast. This opportunity is available through April 2017.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

Reserve Your Spot for Upcoming ICU Liberation Webcasts

Reserve your spot for the upcoming two-part webcast, “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU” and “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results,” from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series. The webcasts will be conducted for interprofessional teams (IPTs) working together to implement the ABCDEF Bundle. Registration is open to both participants and non-participants of the ongoing ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Collaborative, and is complimentary for all.

For optimal impact, it is strongly encouraged that all members of the IPT responsible for bundle implementation (i.e., nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and administrative leads or RN managers) attend both sessions. Results from participation will be most effective if attended by the entire team; partial team attendance is also acceptable.

During the first session, Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, MS-L, RN, CCRN, DC, Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant for Sutter Health and Dorothy Lingren, MA, Team Consultant for Sutter Health/Lingren Consulting, will address the role of the IPT and the key abilities of partnership, cooperation, and coordination that make the team successful. Teams who attend will commit to implementing a test of change that they will implement as a team.

Learning objectives include:

  • Articulate the purpose, key abilities and success factors for the IPT
  • Explore IPT practices that facilitate successful bundle implementation
  • Identify a test of change for your IPT to conduct and report on at a subsequent session

The second session will provide an opportunity for teams to share the results of their test of change. In addition, the session will focus on how to address the influence and conflict challenges that frequently arise when working toward full ABCDEF Bundle implementation. At the end of the session, team members will have a preliminary list of activities to continue working collaboratively toward bundle implementation.

Learning objectives include:

  • Report results of test of change and plan next test (partnership)
  • Identify influence and conflict challenges that exist and practice using appropriate tools to address them (cooperation)
  • List activities that the team needs to address for successful ABCDEF Bundle implementation (coordination)

The 60-minute webcasts, which will be moderated by Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, FCCM, will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits. Please visit the event page for more information.

Register online for “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU” and “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results” using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an intensive care unit stay.

The Efficacy of Platelet Transfusion

Platelet transfusion after acute spontaneous primary intracerebral hemorrhage in people taking antiplatelet therapy might reduce death or dependence by reducing the extent of the hemorrhage. Baharoglu et al therefore aimed to investigate whether platelet transfusion with standard care, compared with standard care alone, reduced death or dependence after intracerebral hemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy use.

They found that platelet transfusion seems inferior to standard care for people taking antiplatelet therapy before intracerebral hemorrhage.

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.

ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Critical Care Traineeship

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 traineeships, including one focused on critical care. All of the traineeships are five-month programs that include distance learning and onsite experiential training.

Critical Care Concentrated is an ACPE-accredited educational experience that enables pharmacists to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of critically ill patients. Trainees will receive intensive distance and experiential training that accelerates their ability to be the medication expert on interdisciplinary teams to optimize the safety, quality and care of critically ill patients.

The deadline to submit applications is September 25, 2016.

Survey: Management of Death by Neurologic Criteria in Pediatric Patients

You are encouraged to participate in a survey being conducted by a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and NYU Langone Medical Center that addresses management of death by neurologic criteria (brain death) in pediatric patients. The goals of this survey are to learn about the views and experiences of pediatric intensivists with management of death by neurologic criteria.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Matthew Kirschen, MD, at kirschenm@email.chop.edu.

Application Deadline for Research Grants is Approaching

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is accepting applications for the THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery and the SCCM-Weil Research Grant. SCCM member researchers may submit an application by August 12, 2016, to be considered for grant support in 2017.

THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery
Through generous funding from SCCM, the THRIVE Grant offers a grant of $50,000 to support members conducting research aimed at improving patient and family support after critical illness. Investigator-initiated research should help advance and improve our understanding of survivorship from critical illness, as well as support and improve the experiences of survivors and their families.

For more information on this grant and other THRIVE initiatives, visit www.sccm.org/THRIVE.

SCCM-Weil Research Grant
Through generous funding from the SCCM-Weil Research Trust, SCCM is offering two grants of $50,000 each to support member researchers. Basic, translational and clinical research submissions are encouraged.

For more information, visit www.sccm.org/WeilResearchGrants. Learn about the recipients of last year’s grants.

To begin the application process for these grants, log in to www.MySCCM.org. Click on “Submit an application for SCCM-Weil Research Grant or THRIVE Grant” located in the right column. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for these grants. You may submit only one grant application.

Webcasts: Interprofessional Team Coaching in ICU

Registration is now open for the upcoming two-part webcast, “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU” and “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results,” from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series, which will be moderated by Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, FCCM. The webcasts will be conducted for interprofessional teams (IPTs) working together to implement the ABCDEF Bundle. For optimal impact, all members of the IPT responsible for bundle implementation (i.e., nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and administrative leads or RN managers) are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions. Results from participation will be most effective if attended by the entire team; partial team attendance is also acceptable.

In the first session, Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, MS-L, RN, CCRN, DC, Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant for Sutter Health and Dorothy Lingren, MA, Team Consultant for Sutter Health/Lingren Consulting, will address the role of the IPT and the key abilities of partnership, cooperation, and coordination that make the team successful. Teams who attend will commit to implementing a test of change that they will implement as a team.

The second session will provide an opportunity for teams to share the results of their test of change. In addition, the session will focus on how to address the influence and conflict challenges that frequently arise when working toward full ABCDEF Bundle implementation. At the end of the session, team members will have a preliminary list of activities to continue working collaboratively toward bundle implementation.

Learning Objectives

Session 1

  • Articulate the purpose, key abilities and success factors for the IPT
  • Explore IPT practices that facilitate successful bundle implementation
  • Identify a test of change for your IPT to conduct and report on at a subsequent session

Session 2

  • Report results of test of change and plan next test (partnership)
  • Identify influence and conflict challenges that exist and practice using appropriate tools to address them (cooperation)
  • List activities that the team needs to address for successful ABCDEF Bundle implementation (coordination)

The 60-minute webcasts will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits. Please visit the event page for more information.

Register online for “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU” and “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results” using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an intensive care unit stay.

Sedatives and Their Associations with VAEs and Time to Extubation

Sedative selection is crucial to outcomes in critically ill patients. While benzodiazepines are known to be associated with a longer duration of mechanical ventilation compared to propofol and dexmedetomidine, little data exist comparing these sedatives in association with ventilator-associated events (VAEs). Klompas et al therefore aimed to evaluate the association between these sedatives, VAEs and time to extubation.

They found that sedatives vary in their associations with VAEs and time to extubation but not in their associations with time to hospital discharge or 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.

CCSC Report Addresses Burnout among ICU Professionals

The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) has published a report on burnout syndrome that gives critical care healthcare professionals guidance on mitigating the development of burnout syndrome and calls for initiating research to examine ways to prevent as well as treat burnout syndrome.

After you have read the report, join the conversation on Twitter using #StopICUBurnout.

Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. This exhaustion is typically work-related and is triggered by discrepancies between the expectations and the actual requirements of the job. Burnout syndrome has become a common worldwide phenomenon, especially among members of high-stress professions, such as firefighters, police officers, teachers and all types of health care professionals. As it stands, critical care healthcare professionals have one of the highest rates of burnout syndrome, with nearly half of the workforce exhibiting symptoms.

You are encouraged to read this Critical Connections article that delineates the nuances of ICU burnout.

The CCSC consists of four major U.S. professional and scientific societies with an interest in critical care, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

Obtain Free CE Credit with Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

Earn up to 7.5 continuing education credits by viewing any of the following complimentary webcasts and then applying for credit. The webcasts feature industry-supported sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Improving Clinical Outcomes & Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.

Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each webcast. This opportunity is available through April 2017.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

Congress Abstract Submission Closes August 3

Submit your original investigative research and case reports and make your contribution to the advancement of critical care. Abstracts for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress will be accepted until noon, Central Daylight Time, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Those whose abstracts are accepted also enjoy other benefits:

  • Star Research Award presentation opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other CE/CME sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Selected authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work moderated by a professor in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research and practice.

Complimentary registration is available to one author per accepted abstract. To be eligible, the person must be listed as the first author and be an SCCM member and non-full physician at the time of abstract submission.

Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines and available awards.

The 2017 Critical Care Congress will be held January 21 to 25, 2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Register online for Congress using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

For information on hotel and travel information, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Peak Lactate and Patient Outcome Following High-Risk Gastrointestinal Surgery

The association between hyperlactatemia and adverse outcome in patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) following gastrointestinal surgery has not been reported. Creagh-Brown et al therefore set out to explore the hypothesis that in a large cohort of gastrointestinal surgical patients, the peak serum lactate (in the first 24 hours) observed in patients admitted to the ICU following surgery is associated with unadjusted and severity-adjusted acute hospital mortality and that the strength of association is greater in patients admitted following emergency surgery than in patients admitted following elective surgery.

They found that elevated lactate is independently associated with in-hospital mortality in the postoperative gastrointestinal surgical patient and is no less significant in the context of elective surgery.

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.

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