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Optimizing Critical Care with the ABCDEF Bundle

In an article published in Beckers Healthcare (Kumar A, et al. 2017), a magazine geared toward health system executives, ICU Liberation Collaborative leaders highlight the ABCDEF bundle as a “newly packaged, high-yield opportunity” for institutions to optimize critical care services.

The ABCDEF care bundle elements, developed as part of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Campaign, individually and collectively can help reduce delirium, improve pain management, and reduce long-term consequences for adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

Implementing the ABCDEF bundle is one way to maximize the efficiency of care, reduce costs, improve quality and optimize the safety of care associated with ICU services. This includes post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), a health condition following critical illness characterized by post-ICU-acquired dementia and physical and psychological impairments. Stressing that administrator support is essential in implementing and sustaining the ABCDEF bundle, the authors make a strong case for healthcare leaders to become better stewards of available resources, such as those provided by the ICU Liberation initiative.

For example, within seven community hospitals in California, in a study of over 6,000 patients that adjusted for severity of illness and age, the authors found a 15% higher odds of survival for every 10% improvement in overall bundle compliance by the ICU teams. They also reported a similar increase in the number of days alive without delirium or coma (thus able to have meaningful interactions with their family and loved ones).

“While policymakers and healthcare financiers are looking to improve the value of care purchased, innovations like the ICU Liberation Collaborative provide a roadmap of not only delivering such care in a location that is well-known for its high cost of care, but also aims to decrease the sequelae of such care via reductions in the toll that PICS takes on both patients and their families,” the authors conclude.

Learn more about SCCM’s ICU Liberation Campaign and access ABCDEF bundle resources by visiting www.iculiberation.org.

Discovery Call for Proposals

Gain valuable peer feedback on your clinical proposal by submitting your clinical research proposal to Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network. Proposals will be accepted from January 15, 2018, through March 12, 2018.

Submit your proposal online today.

Accepted proposals will be presented at a 2018 Clinical Investigators Meeting, where investigators will receive:

  • An opportunity to obtain written feedback on their proposal from the Discovery Steering Committee before they present at the meeting
  • Peer feedback and discussion on the presented proposal
  • Access to site expansion opportunities for their research
  • Formal letter endorsing the proposal from Discovery, the Critical Research Network, which may aid in future funding requests

2018 Clinical Investigator Meetings

  • February 26, 2018: This meeting will be held during the Critical Care Congress in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Submissions for this meeting are due February 1, 2018.
  • May 21, 2018: This meeting will be held during the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference in San Diego, California, USA.
  • October 1, 2018: This meeting will be held at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

Congress Attendee Travel Alert

Starting on January 22, 2018, some U.S. travelers will need an alternative form of ID for domestic air travel, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The changes are connected with new identification standards required by the REAL ID Act, which requires U.S. travelers to have a driver’s license that meets federal standards—or an alternative form of identification—for domestic flights.

All U.S. Congress attendees who will be flying to San Antonio should check with the TSA to see whether their state is compliant with the new domestic travel requirements. Travelers from states that are compliant may use their driver’s licenses or state IDs.

The TSA has confirmed that U.S. travelers may use alternative forms of identification, such as U.S. passports, military IDs, or permanent resident cards.

Translations of Sepsis Guidelines

In its effort to reduce mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released translations of its guidelines in several languages:

Titled “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016,” the guidelines were originally published in the March 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Access the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines online and download the translations for free.

Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you have not checked out our iCritical Care podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at www.sccm.org/iCriticalCare.

SCCM Pod-357 Initial Crystalloid Resuscitation in Sepsis and Septic Shock

SCCM Pod-356 Repeated Critical Illness and Unplanned Readmissions to PICUs

SCCM Pod-355 The Epidemiology of Hospital Death Following Pediatric Severe Sepsis

SCCM Pod-354 The Septic Shock 3.0 Definition and Trials

SCCM Pod-353 Are Biomarkers Ready for Prime Time?

CDC Reports Seasonal Influenza Activity Increase

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent FluView Activity Update, seasonal influenza activity has increased sharply in the United States, with 36 states now reporting widespread flu activity.

While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness. The CDC recommends the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Visit the CDC’s current FluView and FluView Interactive for more information.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine also has numerous resources related to influenza at www.sccm.org/disaster.

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-VCCR11 Workup, Management, and Critical Sequelae of Burn Injuries

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

Japanese Translation of Sepsis Guidelines

In its effort to reduce mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released the Japanese translation of the 2016 update of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines.

Titled “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016,” the guidelines were originally published in the March 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Access the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines online and download the Japanese translation for free.

Show Your Professional Pride with SCCM Apparel

Show your support of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) with SCCM-branded apparel. SCCM’s new online apparel store makes it easy to display your professional pride with this eye-catching collection of logo merchandise. Form and function stylishly coexist with the new gear.

Breathe new life into your everyday clothing with a few custom twists, including a wide variety of colorful, comfortable styles and sizes. From polo shirts to fleece jackets, sporting signature gear is an easy way to support and promote SCCM’s mission all year round. Choose from:

  • Durable fleece jackets to fight winter chill
  • Time-tested twill baseball caps
  • Classic woven button-down shirts
  • Sleek, streamlined laptop bags
  • And more

Update your wardrobe and purchase online today. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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.

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.