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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.

46th Critical Care Congress On Demand Is Now Available

Now you can experience the stimulating educational content from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress as if you were there.

Congress On Demand provides access to the audio recordings and slides from hundreds of individual presentations drawn from the concurrent, joint and plenary educational sessions, as well as the afternoon symposia, from the 2017 Critical Care Congress. On Demand also includes Star Research Presentations, which highlight the top 64 abstracts submitted, and allows users to view and search all abstracts. Once you have purchased Congress On Demand, you can access the materials by logging in to MySCCM.org.

Congress On Demand is available for purchase in the SCCM store for $295 for SCCM members ($385 for nonmembers).

Additionally, many of the precourses are available for purchase. These include:

Bring the Congress experience to your home or office. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Save the Date for the 2018 Congress!
The 47th Critical Care Congress will be held February 24 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The Society’s Congress is the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year and features innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Registration opens June 2017.

2017 Edition of Award Winning ICU Designs

The 2017 edition of Award Winning ICU Designs is now available. Functional intensive care unit (ICU) design is crucial to delivering quality critical care. To honor the best examples of such design, an annual awards program is cosponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health.

This interactive web-based program contains the top projects since 1992, with each project reviewed in short video segments. The companion PDF document contains the features and floor plan of each winning unit. Also included is the Society’s “Guidelines for Intensive Care Unit Design” and a preface from former Co-Chair Dan R. Thompson, MD, MA, FACP, FCCM. This product provides a complete, contemporary resource for creating a facility that fulfills the needs of both ICU patients and caregivers.

To purchase Award Winning ICU Designs, 2017 edition, visit the SCCM Store. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

New Publication Available on Adult and Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) latest publication, Mechanical Ventilation: Essentials for Current Adult and Pediatric Practice, highlights new practices in managing adult and pediatric critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation. Clinicians will find discussions on adult and pediatric populations valuable, regardless of their specialty.

The text focuses on specific diseases and disorders, and emphasizes clinical applicability of data, discussions and recommendations that clinicians can use at bedside.

Chapter topics include:

  • Clinical Design Features of Modern Mechanical Ventilators
  • Cardiopulmonary Interactions
  • Noninvasive Ventilation in the Adult
  • Strategies for Ventilator Discontinuance

Mechanical Ventilation: Essentials for Current Adult and Pediatric Practice is available in the SCCM Store, in both print and eBook formats, at the purchase price of $75 for members ($95 nonmembers) using your Customer ID and password.

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

Registration Deadline Approaching for 2017 MCCKAP Examination

The registration deadline is February 8, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2017 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). Register online using your customer ID and password. The examination will be administered from February 28 to March 7, 2017.

The MCCKAP online examination assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors:

  • 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 national ranking

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the examination is offered exclusively 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.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the test. Final results will be available through the program director’s MySCCM account approximately five weeks following the examination.

Check Out Congress with Critical Connections Live

Can’t join us in Hawaii? You can still be part of the late-breaking and most controversial sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress. Tune in Monday, January 23, 2017, for Critical Connections Live.

Visit www.sccm.org/Live and follow hashtag #SCCMLive. Programming begins at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) (see more time zones).

To receive a reminder to tune in, please provide your contact information.

Critical Connections Live Program Schedule

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Congress highlights and interviews with key members of the critical care community, SCCM leaders and attendees.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST
Hot Topics and Late-Breaking Science: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Intensive Care Unit: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues
Jan Bakker, MD, PhD, FCCP, and E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM

Live Post-Session Discussion Panelist #SCCMLive
Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Congress highlights and interviews featuring key sessions from Sunday’s opening session.

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. EST
International Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016
Laura E. Evans, MD, FCCM, Andrew Rhodes, FRCP, FRCA, FFICM, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM

Live Post-Session Discussion Panelists #SCCMLive
Lauren Epstein, MD, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM

Live from Congress Hosts
Richard H. Savel, MD, FCCM, and Christopher L. Carroll, MD, MS, FCCM

Few Seats Remain for January Pediatric Ultrasound Course

Just a few seats remain for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric course, which will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on January 25 and 26, 2017, following SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress.

If you wish to attend the ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register online for Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend the ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress.

Participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points.

Benefits of the ultrasound course include:

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice.
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency.
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses.
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures.
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one faculty-to-learner ratio.

Registration for the course 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.

Registration for Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult has sold out. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the wait list, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Discounted Registration for 2017 MCCKAP Examination Ending Soon

Register by January 11, 2017, to receive the discounted rate on registration for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2017 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from February 28 to March 7, 2017.

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the examination is offered exclusively 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.

The MCCKAP online examination assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors:

  • 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 national ranking

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the test. Final results will be available through the program director’s MySCCM account approximately five weeks following the examination.

Receive the discounted rate when you register by January 11, 2017. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.