Category Archives: SCCM News

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.

Antibiotics for Treating Sepsis

Liaisons from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Society of Hospital Medicine recently released recommendations for the use of antibiotics for the treatment of sepsis.

Titled “Sepsis National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measure (SEP-1): Multi-stakeholder Work Group Recommendations for Appropriate Antibiotics for the Treatment of Sepsis,” the material was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

In this article, the work group promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials to combat antimicrobial resistance and provides recommendations for appropriate antibiotics for the treatment of sepsis.

For more sepsis resources, visit www.survivingsepsis.org.

SCCM Journal Seeks Associate Editor

Research, teaching and clinical work in critical care medicine are increasingly reliant on data generated by many devices, accumulated in diverse databases, pre-processed according to unique study requirements, analyzed with sophisticated tools, and reported with composite outcomes. Readers of Critical Care Medicine rely on its reviewers and editors to evaluate manuscripts using very large datasets. The quality of the review process is intended to provide readers—clinicians and investigators alike—with reasonable assurance that the interpretations can be relied upon for integration into clinical practice. Such assurance increasingly relies upon effective application of data science and engagement of data scientists: command of the subject matter; expertise in sophisticated statistics; and advanced skills retrieving, visualizing and evaluating data (more colloquially, “hacker skills”).

Accordingly, the editorial leadership of Critical Care Medicine seeks nominations and applications for a new position: Associate Editor for Data Science (AEDS).

The AEDS will have several unique responsibilities. She/he will

  • act as the handling editor for manuscripts that are heavily dependent on complex manipulations of multiple databases. Handling editors select qualified reviewers, evaluate the reviews, make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief about final disposition, and propose editorial commentaries;
  • work with authors of accepted manuscripts to make their data cubes (multidimensional data arrays) accessible to readers using contemporary front-end visualization tools similar to those commonly employed in the business and financial industries;
  • work with authors towards design, preparation, and publication of informational graphics synthesizing authors’ results that illuminate new insights and promote new actions; and
  • write and publish editorial commentaries on selected articles

Self-nominations and recommendations should be sent to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, MCCM, at journals@sccm.org not later than October 6.

The journal will consider highly qualified individuals regardless of career stage. It is estimated that 10 hours per week will be required. As with all SCCM committee appointments, appointees must be active members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. As with all Associate Editor appointments, the term is two years with option for renewal. Associate Editors are appointed to the journal by the Editor-in-Chief and such appointments are contingent on approval by SCCM Council.

Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease

Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the opening of a docket to obtain information on effective methods for achieving implementation of water management programs (WMPs) intended to reduce Legionella growth and transmission in buildings at increased risk. The information will inform CDC efforts to prevent Legionnaires’ disease in the United States.

You can find the notice on the website of the Federal Register. The comment period ends October 17, 2017.

Sepsis Awareness Month

As part of Sepsis Awareness Month, the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization are teaming up to host the World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on September 12, 2017.

The WSC Spotlight is a free online congress in which 25 renowned experts from all around the world will give presentations on all aspects of maternal and neonatal sepsis, as well as give updates on sepsis in general.

For more information on the program, speakers, time zones, and to register for free, visit www.wscspotlight.org.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also marking Sepsis Awareness Month, recently launching an initiative entitled Get Ahead of Sepsis that urges healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers to be alert to the symptoms, act fast if sepsis is suspected, and to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis. As part of this initiative, the CDC will be hosting the Get Ahead of Sepsis Twitter chat on September 12 at 12 p.m. ET. Join the conversation with #SepsisChat.

Also, if you have not already done so, you are also encouraged to review the new adult sepsis guidelines released earlier this year and to familiarize yourself with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign and its THRIVE initiative, which centers on addressing post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. 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 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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 these disasters 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.

Raising Malnutrition Awareness

You are encouraged to participate in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (ASPEN) sixth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week™, which will take place September 18–22, 2017. The purpose of this week is to raise public awareness as pertains to malnutrition and encourage healthcare professionals to assess for malnutrition and intervene early if appropriate. Malnutrition is common in hospitalized patients in the United States and is associated with unfavorable outcomes, including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission.

The 2017 week is scheduled to have five webinars:

Improving Standardization of Oral Nutrition Supplement Provision in Malnourished Patients – Monday, September 18 – 3 p.m. (CT)

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Increasing Awareness of Enteral Nutrition in the Pediatric Patient: A Provider and Parent Perspective – Tuesday, September 19 – 3 p.m. (CT)

On the Fast Track with the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol –  Wednesday, September 20 – 3 p.m. (CT)

Approaching an Audit through Accurate Documentation and Coding for Malnutrition Diagnosis – Thursday, September 21 – 3 p.m. (CT)

Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs): A Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative – Friday, September 22 – 11 a.m. (CT)

Participants will receive continuing education credits for participating in the webinars. ASPEN is accredited to provide medical, pharmacy, nursing and dietetic credits.

Society of Critical Care Medicine members can participate in the webinars for free by using discount code MAW-SCCM.

Visit the official Malnutrition Awareness Week™ site to register or for more information about the week.

Podcast Discusses PANGEA Study

In the newly available iCritical Care podcast SCCM Pod-345 International Survey of Critically Ill Children with Acute Neurological Insults, Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Ericka L. Fink, MD, MS, about the Prevalence of Acute Critical Neurological Disease in Children: A Global Epidemiological Assessment (PANGEA) study.

Published in the April 2017 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), this study offers a worldwide snapshot of acute neurologic conditions among critically ill children.

Overall, 16.2% of children in the reporting ICUs had acute neurologic conditions. Many children had preexisting medical conditions, but 61% had normal neurologic status before their current hospitalizations.

Cardiac arrest, resulting in lack of blood flow to the brain, was the most common overall cause of acute neurologic conditions (23%). Other causes included traumatic brain injury (19%), central nervous system infection or inflammation (16%), and stroke or a mass, such as a brain tumor (9% each).

The study found that regions differed in terms of most common condition reported. Infection/inflammation was the most common cause in Asia, South America, and the sole African hospital contributing to the study. In all other regions, cardiac arrest was the main cause.

Ericka L. Fink, MD, MS, and coauthors believe that the PANGEA data “suggest a vital need for resources to assist in the challenge of improving outcomes for these children throughout the span of the periods of emergency care through to rehabilitation.”

Society of Critical Care Medicine members who are also part of the Pediatrics Section can access the full content of PCCM online by logging into MySCCM.

World Sepsis Congress

As part of Sepsis Awareness Month, the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization are teaming up to host the World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on September 12, 2017.

The WSC Spotlight is a free online congress in which 25 renowned experts from all around the world will give presentations on all aspects of maternal and neonatal sepsis, as well as give updates on sepsis in general.

For more information on the program, speakers, time zones, and to register for free, visit www.wscspotlight.org.

Also, if you have not already done so, you are also encouraged to review the new adult sepsis guidelines released earlier this year and to familiarize yourself with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign and its THRIVE initiative, which centers on addressing post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

Africa Needs Our Support

In many African countries, critical care medicine remains informal, uncoordinated, or even absent. A shortage of trained healthcare providers can put thousands of sick and injured patients at risk every day.

To help address these issues, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will send healthcare providers to the All Africa Anaesthesia Congress in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 2017. There they will work to train more than 200 participants from African countries in six different Fundamentals courses.

We need your support to ensure that this vital training is provided to healthcare professionals in Africa who can improve the quality of care provided to critically ill and injured patients.

Join SCCM in bringing critical care education to a part of the world where it is truly needed. Visit www.sccm.org/donate to make a donation towards resource-limited areas today.

Apply for Pharmacist Traineeship

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its Critical Care Concentrated Traineeship.

During this 5-month, ACPE-accredited educational experience, 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 October 10, 2017.