Category Archives: Education

ICU Liberation Offering

Gain strategies for effectively implementing sedation liberation and promoting patient mobility with Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement, a new online training course developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement is designed to help you create a lean, sustainable and highly functional multiprofessional intensive care unit (ICU) team.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Recognize valid and reliable assessment tools to prevent and manage pain, agitation and delirium in ICU patients, using the ABCDEF Bundle
  • Develop strategies for integrating a multiprofessional team culture
  • Identify weaknesses or gaps in current ABCDEF Bundle practice and data collection
  • Assess skills using case vignettes and self-assessment tools

Participants will employ a template to assess sample patient data and identify areas for improvement. The course also uses tests to evaluate weaknesses and identify opportunities for bundle implementation to improve patient care. Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement includes eight online videos with synchronized speaker audio. Physicians and nurses are eligible to receive 7 hours of continuing education credit.

Purchase Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement today at the price of $185 for members ($225 for nonmembers). If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Critical Care Review Course

Register today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult. 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 May 31, 2017.

Led by co-chairs Pamela A. Lipsett, MC, MHPE, MCCM, and Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FCCM, the 2017 MCCRC: Adult will provide the most comprehensive review and update of the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

Course highlights include:

  • Modular course content, allowing for single or multiday registration to meet comprehensive or specific learning needs
  • Accurate assessments of your knowledge in critical care
  • Interactive sessions that utilize audience response technology and practice questions, answers and rationales
  • World-class faculty that provide the most up-to-date information in critical care across all healthcare professions
  • Cutting-edge topics such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, choice of vasopressor in shock states, renal replacement therapy techniques, environmental injuries, emerging infections, and delirium
  • Online access to practice questions and post-course audio recordings of the lectures

The 2017 MCCRC: Adult will be held July 25 to 29, 2017, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Rosemont offers the convenience and amenities of downtown Chicago but at a lower price, and it’s just minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) summer Critical Care Ultrasound courses. These courses are expected to sell out early, and will be take place July 30, 2017, to August 1, 2017, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. The text covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations.

Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal are comprehensive, two-day courses that will be held July 30 to 31, 2017. These courses will provide the ability to:

  • Immediately integrate learned skills into your clinical practice
  • Increase your diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Learn from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Experience high-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more
  • Receive a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one learner-to-faculty ratio

Register for the one-day Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course to expand your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge. This course will be held on August 1, 2017. The advanced course will provide attendees with an opportunity to:

  • Focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient
  • Gain hands-on experience with faculty-assisted skill stations including, new in 2017, transesophageal echocardiography
  • Learn important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient.

All courses offer continuing medical education credit hours to physicians, nurses, and physician assistants. Register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult, Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Earn CE in Cuba

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to Cuba, which is scheduled for December 4 to 9, 2017, will offer participants a unique opportunity to earn continuing education in Cuba. Meet and engage with fellow Cuban medical professionals while learning about the challenges and advances of medicine in Cuba. Participants will gain firsthand experience and knowledge on the inner workings of healthcare in this country, and attend meetings and meaningful site visits each day.

Topics to be covered include:

  • organizational structure and healthcare delivery systems of various critical care units in Cuba
  • quality processes and how change is implemented to improve patient care
  • cultural differences for patients and families faced with end-of-life decisions
  • resource limitations in caring for critically ill patients
  • and more

Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses.

Following the study mission is an optional Excursion to Matanzas, from December 9 to 12, 2017. During this excursion, participants will discover local architecture, learn from artisans skilled in ceramics and the creation of hand-crafted books, visit the Elian Gonzalez Museum and Castle of San Severino, and much more. 

For complete details, please visit the event webpage. Register today to secure your spot; space is limited. The deadline to register for the Study Mission to Cuba is August 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Alert Fatigue Webcast

The second part of the two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will take place next week on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Register online today using your Customer ID and password. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

During this session, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will discuss how clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are commonly used for preventing medication errors, and how they are gaining interest as electronic syndromic surveillance systems for events such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. While CDSSs improve patient outcomes, the number of alerts increases the risk of alert fatigue. Approaches to managing alert fatigue are needed to ensure effective use of CDSSs.

Learning Objectives

  • Choose evidence-based guidance on tested interventions that reduce alert quantity with the intent of reducing fatigue with clinical decision support systems
  • Apply standardized metrics for alert fatigue

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Joseph D. Catino, BS, MD, and is held in collaboration with the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Learn the Fundamentals

The Self-Directed Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Sixth Edition, is now available. This online course provides an interactive learning experience with access to the complete course modules. Learn at your own pace from the convenience of your home or office and then assess your knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests.

Self-Directed FCCS includes 16 interactive learning modules and the FCCS textbook (English), which is an excellent desktop reference.

The Sixth edition self-directed course has been enhanced with more interactive content to engage the learner. Content includes:

  • Added videos
  • Matching exercises
  • List ordering
  • Use of tabs for improved content organization

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists are eligible to receive up to 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. Registrants have two years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.

Self-Directed FCCS is available for purchase in the SCCM store. Please contact the Fundamentals team at fccs@sccm.org or +1 847 827-6869 with any questions.

Register for Alert Fatigue Webcast

Register today for the second part of the two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics, will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Central Time. This series is held in collaboration with the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee.

During this session, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will discuss how clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are commonly used for preventing medication errors, and how they are gaining interest as electronic syndromic surveillance systems for events such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. While CDSSs improve patient outcomes, the number of alerts increases the risk of alert fatigue. Approaches to managing alert fatigue are needed to ensure effective use of CDSSs.

Learning Objectives

  • Choose evidence-based guidance on tested interventions that reduce alert quantity with the intent of reducing fatigue with clinical decision support systems
  • Apply standardized metrics for alert fatigue

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Joseph D. Catino, BS, MD. Register online today using your Customer ID and password. Registration is complimentary for all participants. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Register for Ultrasound Courses

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) summer 2017 Critical Care Ultrasound courses. These courses will be held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

The comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal courses will be held July 30 to 31, 2017. The ultrasound courses will provide the ability to:

  • Immediately integrate learned skills into your clinical practice
  • Increase your diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Earn continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses
  • Learn from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Experience high-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more
  • Receive a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one learner-to-faculty ratio

Expand your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge with the one-day Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course, which will follow on August 1, 2017. This course will focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient, and participants will explore the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient. New this year, expert faculty will provide hands-on training in the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).

Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook, which covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations.

Register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult, Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Alarm & Alert Fatigue Webcasts

Register today for the upcoming two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). This series is held in collaboration with the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

The first session, Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies, will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. During this session, Maria M. Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN, Director of Policy Management and Integration at The Johns Hopkins Health System, and Bradford D. Winters, MD, PhD, FCCM, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss how alarm fatigue has become a health technology hazard and will offer strategies for management. Missed alarms have resulted in patient injury and death; this hazard has been listed on the Emergency Care Research Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list since its inception in 2007. The Joint Commission instituted a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management in 2014 with a requirement that hospitals fully implement it by January 2016.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss clinical alarm hazards and The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management
  • Rate available evidence regarding alarm fatigue literature
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and research needs
  • Discuss alarm management strategies based on quality improvement initiatives

The second session, Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics, will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Central Time. In this session, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will discuss how clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are commonly used for preventing medication errors, and how they are gaining interest as electronic syndromic surveillance systems for events such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. While CDSSs improve patient outcomes, the number of alerts increases the risk of alert fatigue. Approaches to managing alert fatigue are needed to ensure effective use of CDSSs.

Learning Objectives

  • Choose evidence-based guidance on tested interventions that reduce alert quantity with the intent of reducing fatigue with clinical decision support systems
  • Apply standardized metrics for alert fatigue

Both 60-minute webcasts will be moderated by Joseph D. Catino, BS, MD. Register online for Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies and Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

New Edition of SCCM’s Self-Assessment

Assess your knowledge with the new edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care.

The eighth edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care offers hundreds of multiple-choice study questions designed to help you pass your subspecialty board examination or to refresh and expand your overall knowledge of critical care medicine. Developed by leading experts in critical care, this self-assessment covers the top 20 critical care focus areas. Questions are based on real-world case studies, and an answer key helps you measure your progress. This publication is available in the SCCM Store in print and electronic versions.

Test your knowledge on the go with the interactive edition. This web-based version of the popular print publication consists of a series of test questions pertaining to all areas of critical care knowledge. This online learning experience offers immediate feedback to identify areas of strength and weakness, and provides rationales and references for missed questions.

Buy more, save more! Save up to 30% by purchasing the Self-Assessment Bundle: Adult, which contains both the textbook and its online companion.

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

Registration Open for Webcast Series on Alarm and Alert Fatigue

Registration is now open for the upcoming two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The series is held in collaboration with the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee. The first session, Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies, will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. The second session, Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics, will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

In the first session, Maria M. Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN, Director of Policy Management and Integration at The Johns Hopkins Health System, and Bradford D. Winters, MD, PhD, FCCM, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss how alarm fatigue has become a health technology hazard and will offer strategies for management. Missed alarms have resulted in patient injury and death; this hazard has been listed on the Emergency Care Research Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list since its inception in 2007. The Joint Commission instituted a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management in 2014 with a requirement that hospitals fully implement it by January 2016.

During the second session, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will discuss how clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are commonly used for preventing medication errors, and how they are gaining interest as electronic syndromic surveillance systems for events such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. While CDSSs improve patient outcomes, the number of alerts increases the risk of alert fatigue. Approaches to managing alert fatigue are needed to ensure effective use of CDSSs.

Learning Objectives

Session 1

  • Discuss clinical alarm hazards and The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management
  • Rate available evidence regarding alarm fatigue literature
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and research needs
  • Discuss alarm management strategies based on quality improvement initiatives

Session 2

  • Choose evidence-based guidance on tested interventions that reduce alert quantity with the intent of reducing fatigue with clinical decision support systems
  • Apply standardized metrics for alert fatigue

These 60-minute webcasts will be moderated by Joseph D. Catino, BS, MD. Registration is complimentary for all participants. Register online for Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies and Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

2017 Editions of Current Concepts Available: Adult & Pediatric

Each year, the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular precourses, Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care and Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care, deliver the latest clinical information relevant to patients in the intensive care unit. These courses are available On Demand and the companion textbooks are available in print and as eBooks.

Save over 10% by purchasing the Adult or Pediatric bundle, which include the 2017 book and unlimited access to the On Demand course.

A sample of topics featured at the 2017 Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care course include:

  • Management of Neuro-ICU Emergencies
  • Patient Safety and the Electronic Medical Record
  • Ethical Controversies in Critical Care
  • Fluid Management in Septic Shock

A sample of topics featured at the 2017 Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care course include:

  • Innovations in the Diagnosis and Management of Sepsis
  • Advances in Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Contemporary Issues in Renal Replacement Therapies
  • Update on Pediatric Damage Control Resuscitation

All of the Current Concepts resources are available for purchase. Visit www.sccm.org/AdultCC or www.sccm.org/PediatricCC. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration Open for 2017 Critical Care Review Course: Adult

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult.

The 2017 MCCRC: Adult will be held July 25-29, 2017, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Rosemont offers the convenience and amenities of downtown Chicago but at a lower price, and it’s just minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Led by co-chairs Pamela A. Lipsett, MC, MHPE, MCCM, and Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FCCM, this course will provide the most comprehensive review and update of the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

Course highlights include:

  • Modular course content, allowing for single or multiday registration to meet comprehensive or specific learning needs
  • Interactive sessions that utilize audience response technology and practice questions, answers and rationales
  • Cutting-edge topics such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, choice of vasopressor in shock states, renal replacement therapy techniques, environmental injuries, emerging infections, and delirium.

Registration Open for 2017 Study Mission to Cuba

Registration is now open for a unique opportunity to earn continuing education credits during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to Cuba, scheduled for December 4 to 9, 2017. Limited spots are available.

The Study Mission to Cuba will offer participants the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow Cuban medical professionals while learning about the challenges and advances of medicine in Cuba. Participants will gain firsthand experience and knowledge on the inner workings of healthcare in this country, and attend meetings and meaningful site visits each day. Topics to be covered include:

  • organizational structure and healthcare delivery systems of various critical care units in Cuba
  • quality processes and how change is implemented to improve patient care
  • cultural differences for patients and families faced with end-of-life decisions
  • resource limitations in caring for critically ill patients
  • and more

Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses.

Following the study mission is an optional Excursion to Matanzas, from December 9 to 12, 2017.

For complete details, please visit the event webpage. The deadline to register for the Study Mission to Cuba is August 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

New Fundamental Critical Care Support, Sixth Edition

The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course has been updated and enhanced to reflect the latest research and the most effective training approaches in critical care. The sixth edition curriculum emphasizes case-based education, with scenarios that mirror clinical reality.

Start planning your course, and order your sixth edition textbook today! Visit www.sccm.org/FCCS or contact the Fundamentals team at fccs@sccm.org or +1 847 827-6869.

Sixth Edition Highlights:

New Course Textbook

  • The FCCS textbook has updated material in all chapters, following the latest literature and current guidelines including more than 30 new case studies. The textbook is available in print and electronic formats.

Enhanced Skill Stations

  • More relevant: Skill stations have been redesigned to better integrate the core principles taught in the lectures.
  • Customizable: Course directors and instructors can choose relevant content from a variety of integrated scenarios.

Updated Pre- and Posttests

  • Pre- and posttests feature questions emphasizing clinical and practical application.