SCCM Websites Alert: Monday, December 11

The Society of Critical Care Medicine websites will be undergoing maintenance and will be unavailable on Monday, December 11. This may impact registration for meetings and events, purchasing products from the SCCM store, and accessing resources on MySCCM, SCCM.org, MyICUCare.org, and LearnICU.org.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6869.

Corticosteroid Insufficiency Guidelines Update

The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing the diagnosis and management of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI) in critically ill patients.

Titled “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Critical Illness-Related Corticosteroid Insufficiency (CIRCI) in Critically Ill Patients (Part I),” the article was published in the December 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

This update of the 2008 consensus statement is available for free download and includes recommendations for management of CIRCI in patients with specific critical illnesses and conditions in which CIRCI may occur as a complication.

Disaster Preparedness

This past year we have seen great tragedy in our world. Be prepared to handle a disastrous event with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) disaster preparedness resources.

Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or man-made mass casualty events. This one-day course, hosted by an institution or taken online, arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters.

Preparing Your ICU for Disaster Response serves as a step-by-step guide to help ICU professionals assess their current level of disaster preparedness. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this toolkit provides practical, usable resources for strategizing and implementing a standing plan for disaster preparedness. This product is available as an eBook only. Access is complimentary for SCCM members and $10 for nonmembers.

SCCM maintains a disaster resources web page. During disaster events, this page provides resources related to specific volunteer opportunities, complimentary publication chapters and podcasts, and relevant links to external organizations and institutions, as well as continuous updates from SCCM and its members.

For more information, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

San Antonio Pediatric Fundamentals Course

Attend the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Simulation Center.

PFCCS addresses fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of post-resuscitation management of the critically ill pediatric patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.

The course utilizes didactic sessions along with skill stations and scenario-driven discussions to better prepare healthcare professionals for the management of the critically ill pediatric patient.

Notable faculty include Utpal S. Bhalala, MD, FAAP, FCCM; Elumalai Appachi, MD, MRCP; Karl L. Serrao, MD, FAAP, FCCM; Matthew A. Borgman, MD; and Michele C. Papo, MD, FCCM.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

This course will be held February 22 and 23, 2018, before the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Congress.

For more information and to register, please contact Jann Harrison.

Receive Ultrasound Training from Expert Faculty

Register today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses featuring education led by expert, nationally recognized faculty, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Both courses are expected to sell out early.

During each course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Additional course benefits include:

  • Complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio
  • A review of the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians, nurses, and physician assistants

Seats are filling fast for these popular courses, both of which will follow SCCM’s 47th 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: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration pages.

Congress Early Registration

Register by Wednesday, December 20, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress and save over 15% off the registration fee. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care.

  • Attend the plenary sessions, which will feature presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops and interactive debates led by internationally renowned faculty.
  • Engage in numerous events and networking opportunities with members of the entire multiprofessional team.

Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by January 26, 2018.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Please note: Registration and housing for the 2018 Congress are handled exclusively by SCCM and Orchid Events. Housing reservations should only be made through the 2018 SCCM Congress website. If you are contacted by anyone besides SCCM promoting registration and/or housing for Congress, please pass this information on to SCCM Customer Service.

Predicting Mortality in Patients with Sepsis

Sepsis is an important cause of mortality in critical care, yet it is a heterogeneous syndrome in which patients with otherwise similar presenting clinical characteristics may rapidly progress to death or improve with minimal intervention. Therefore, Mikacenic et al (Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017;196:1004-1011) set out to assess the utility of a multibiomarker-based model to predict 28-day mortality among critically ill patients with at least two systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria and/or sepsis.

Their findings offer insight into diagnostics to better prognosticate and ultimately direct specific therapies to achieve optimal clinical outcomes in heterogeneous groups of critically ill patients.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to 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.

Voting Now Under Way for SCCM Elections

Voting is now under way for the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Once you have accessed the online ballot here, use your SCCM user name and password to log on.

The deadline to vote is November 24, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Your involvement in the process is encouraged, welcomed, and necessary for the Society to thrive as a member-driven organization. If you need assistance, contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827‑6888.

New VCCR Podcast

Tune into the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR) podcast series for in-depth interviews on critical care topics addressing the most challenging aspects of intensive care unit fellowship and residency. This series complements SCCM’s VCCR program.

The latest installment in the series is now available:

SCCM Pod-VCCR10 Pathophysiology and Management of AKI

After listening, keep the conversation going on Twitter using #VCCRounds.

Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Early registration rates end November 22, 2017, 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.

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 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 fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

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 fellows to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the examination. 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.

New and Exciting Activities at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress is drawing near. We have an exciting Congress planned, to include these new and exciting activities!

Critical Crosstalk Theater: Participate in stimulating debates hosted by members of SCCM’s specialty sections.

Tech Lab: Learn, collaborate, and network with fellow attendees about the latest and best technologies available in your personal and professional life. Technology demonstrations, experiential learning, social media analysis, and talks about a variety of technology topics will be featured.

Exhibit Hall Roundtable Discussions: Network with peers and contribute to conversations on critical care, professional topics, and career topics.

Register early to receive the lowest rates. 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. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Antibiotic Timing and Mortality in Sepsis

The current standard of care for sepsis is the early administration of antibiotics. However, efforts to shorten time to antibiotic administration may also cause harm because more patients may receive unnecessary antibiotics. Liu et al  evaluated the association between antibiotic timing and mortality among patients with sepsis receiving antibiotics within 6 hours of emergency department registration.

They found that hourly delays in antibiotic administration for patients with sepsis were associated with increased odds of hospital mortality, even among patients who received antibiotics within 6 hours.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to 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. They will close on November 3, 2017.

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

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