Category Archives: SCCM News

Discovery Call for Proposals

Discovery, the Critical Care Network, is encouraging members to submit proposals for review and discussion at upcoming Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings. The Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings provide an opportunity for investigators to present clinical proposals in an inclusive and supportive environment. For this call for proposals, accepted proposals will have the opportunity to present at either the Fall or Winter Clinical Investigators Meetings. The Fall meeting is being held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 8 and 9, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland, while the Winter meeting will be held on February 25, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, during SCCM’s Annual Congress. Members may also participate virtually by videoconference for both of these meetings.

The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Investigators will be notified of the status of their submission by mid-October. Please use the following link to submit proposals:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NC8BCBY

The investigator-initiated proposals are a unique opportunity to receive valuable peer feedback, network with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Discovery Steering Committee members, and solicit additional participant sites. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Discovery Steering Committee. The investigators of the highest-ranked proposals will have an opportunity to present their proposals virtually or in person via PowerPoint presentation followed by questions. Those investigators invited to present can do so virtually and do not need to travel to the meetings. The proposals that are not selected for live presentation at the Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings will receive valuable feedback; the abstracts will be shared with the Discovery Steering Committee with the opportunity to solicit additional study sites.

The peer review, feedback, additional study sites, and the letter of support on behalf of the SCCM Discovery Steering Committee will greatly increase the chance of your study obtaining funding, being published, and helping critically ill patients.

Criteria for Application:

  • A minimum of two sites is required (a multi-institutional study)
  • The research plan (questions 6-16) in the application should be concise and limited to no more than six pages. The research plan includes specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies (where applicable), and research design and methods.
  • The research plan should describe any assistance requested from Discovery (i.e., generation of datasets, data analysis, study sites, etc.)
  • It is expected that the results (positive or negative) of all approved Discovery studies, including those considered non-publishable by the study’s investigators, will be presented to the Discovery Steering Committee within six months of study completion.
  • The Discovery Steering Committee should review all manuscripts resulting from the study prior to submission.
  • All study investigators must submit any conflicts of interest.
  • Intellectual property will be protected, and confidentiality statements will be required from all members of the Discovery Steering Committee reviewers.

If you have questions, please contact Discovery@sccm.org.

Pediatric Nutrition Support Guidelines

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) recently released guidelines addressing nutrition support therapy in the critically ill pediatric patient.

Titled “Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Pediatric Critically Ill Patient: Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition,” the material was published in the July 2017 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

“The guidelines offer basic recommendations that are supported by review and analysis of the current literature and a blend of expert opinion and clinical practicality,” notes lead author Nilesh M. Mehta, MD. These guidelines are intended for use by all healthcare providers involved in nutrition therapy of the critically ill child, primarily physicians, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists.

Guideline findings include:

  • There is a significant gap in proper nutritional interventions, particularly among malnourished pediatric patients
  • Early intervention makes a difference
  • The timing and method of nutrient delivery is important
  • A skilled nutrition support team is a key differentiator
  • Ongoing monitoring is critical to avoid unintended caloric under- or overfeeding
  • Determining how much nutrition is needed is an important factor

Members and nonmembers alike can access these and other SCCM guidelines for free by visiting www.sccm.org/guidelines or by downloading the Guidelines App.

Research Grants

The deadline to apply for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Research Grants is August 1, 2017. Applications are being accepted for investigator-initiated research focused on improving patient care both during and after an intensive care unit stay. SCCM member researchers are encouraged to apply; grant support will begin in 2018.

The Society offers several funding opportunities through the SCCM Research Grants for critical care professionals seeking support for their research that helps advance and improve clinician understanding of critical illness and patient care.

Funding will be provided by the following grants:

  • SCCM-Weil Research Grants, including up to two grants of $50,000 each
  • Discovery Research Grants, for a total of $100,000

To begin the application process for a grant, log in to www.MySCCM.org, and click on “Submit an application for SCCM Research Grants” located in the right column.

Help spread the word and make sure to share these opportunities with your colleagues. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for the SCCM Research Grants.

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

ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are blindly reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to promote a healing environment
  • Safety, security and efficiency of the unit
  • Innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with two plaques. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2017.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

Healthcare-Associated Infection Podcast

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a podcast series as part of its Healthcare-Associated Infection Program.

In this series of podcasts, senior leaders from the field are interviewed about their efforts to reduce the rate of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospital intensive care units with elevated rates of these infections.

Podcast 1: Why Senior Leadership Engagement Matters (Transcript)
Podcast 2: What Does It Mean to Be Engaged? (Transcript)
Podcast 3: Implementing Strategies and Tools (Transcript)

PBS Features ICU Liberation Team

“I am very aware that I am not the same person who went into the hospital with sepsis,” said intensive care unit (ICU) survivor Paul Turpin in an interview with PBS NewsHour.

This broadcast, entitled, Why a Stay in the ICU Can Leave Patients Worse Off, shares the story of Turpin’s experience with post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and what the ICU Liberation team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and others across the country are doing to prevent and manage PICS for patients.

Learn more about SCCM’s ICU Liberation Campaign and access the pain, agitation, and delirium clinical practice guidelines by visiting http://www.iculiberation.org.

Resolution on Sepsis

On May 26, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. During this assembly, delegates agreed on a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, outlining these important actions for WHO:

  • Urge governments to strengthen policies and processes related to sepsis and emphasize the importance of reinforcing health worker training to more effectively diagnose and treat sepsis
  • Develop a report on sepsis and guidance for its prevention and management
  • Help countries develop the necessary infrastructure, laboratory capacity, strategies and tools to reduce the burden of sepsis
  • Assist developing countries in gaining access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable sepsis treatments and tools for infection prevention and control

Learn more about this resolution on sepsis by visiting the WHO assembly website.

Journal Impact Factors

The 2016 impact factors for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) two journals, Critical Care Medicine (CCM) and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), have been released. CCM’s impact factor is now 7.050, and PCCM’s impact factor is now 3.495.

Stay up to date with these top journals in critical care by subscribing to their respective electronic table of contents (eTOC) at CCM and PCCM online. And don’t forget to follow CCM and PCCM on Twitter to stay caught on the latest journal releases, including ahead-of-print and editor’s choice articles, and the SCCM guidelines.

Research Grants

Applications are now being accepted for investigator-initiated research focused on improving patient care both during and after an intensive care unit stay. SCCM member researchers should apply by August 1, 2017, to be considered for grant support in 2018.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several funding opportunities through the SCCM Research Grants for critical care professionals seeking support for their research that helps advance and improve clinician understanding of critical illness and patient care.

Funding will be provided by the following grants:

  • SCCM-Weil Research Grants, including up to two grants of $50,000 each
  • Discovery Research Grants, for a total of $100,000

To begin the application process for a grant, log in to www.MySCCM.org, and click on “Submit an application for SCCM Research Grants” located in the right column.

Help spread the word and make sure to share these opportunities with your colleagues. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for the SCCM Research Grants.

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

Physician Preparedness Survey

Society of Critical Care Medicine member physicians are encouraged to take a brief survey on physician preparedness for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). This survey is being sponsored by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to gather information from physicians on their plans to participate in these incentive programs.

This survey will remain open for the next few weeks. This is a short survey that will take less than five minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Call for Award Nominations

Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? The Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care is seeking to honor programs that can serve as models for other healthcare organizations working to embed palliative and end-of-life care in a variety of care settings.

The Circle of Life Awards recognize models that improve access and care delivery for palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, healthcare systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. Top honors will go to up to three programs or organizations.

Learn more about this award from past honorees and by visiting the Circle of Life Award website.

Applications for the 2018 award are due August 14, 2017, and are now available at www.aha.org/circleoflife. For any questions, please contact circleoflife@aha.org.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Survey

The World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) is launching an initiative to solicit exemplars from national scientific societies on the types of patient- and family-centered care/engagement practices being implemented worldwide. A growing number of studies are addressing patient-centered care and strategies to engage family members to promote best outcomes for critically ill patients. However, the degree to which these practices are being implemented worldwide is not known.

The survey “Patient and Family Centered Care in the ICU: Worldwide Exemplars” is being launched to obtain information on a global scale. The information provided will be useful to inform the global critical care community of current initiatives and strategies, and potential barriers to implementing patient-centered outcomes research and family-centered care/engagement to enhance intensive care unit care delivery.

Hemodynamic Support Guidelines

The American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) recently released guidelines addressing hemodynamic support of pediatric and neonatal septic shock.

Titled “American College of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Practice Parameters for Hemodynamic Support of Pediatric and Neonatal Septic Shock,” the material was published in the June 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

This update of the 2007 ACCM guidelines is available for free download and includes major new recommendations such as the need to address hemodynamic support of septic shock at the institutional level.

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:

SCCMPod-VCCR3 Activated Charcoal in the Overdose Patient

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

Family-Centered Care Award

The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, received this year’s Family-Centered Care Innovation Award in recognition for the unit’s novel methods for providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families.

For the past four years, this multidisciplinary team of neurointensivists, surgeons, nurses, advanced practice providers, social workers, business associates, research staff, and clinician trainees has developed and rigorously tested an evolving family-centered service model for providing care to patients and their families.

The team implemented this service-model in two phases: The first phase promoted more frequent and direct communication between NICU staff and patient families by encouraging family members to attend daily morning intensive care unit (ICU) work rounds. The second phase focused on communicating with families during scheduled, advertised afternoon “family rounds” and providing emotional support to families of comfort measures only (CMO) patients with “memory box” care packages.

As part of the Society’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)-ICU Collaborative, the Yale-New Haven Hospital NICU has formed a new Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The PFAC has been meeting and making recommendations to prioritize where the NICU team can improve upon its family-centered care model for the next phase, specifically looking at how to reach those families whose needs may not have been addressed because they were unable to attend prespecified rounding times.

“We are looking forward to the PFAC pointing us in new, effective directions,” said NICU team member David Y. Hwang, MD. “We have already gotten great ideas from our new council for plans for potential projects related to managing family expectations regarding ICU alarms, facilitating communication among family members for the same patient, and improving transitions of care from the NICU to the floor.”

It is time again to nominate a unit or program for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Family-Centered Care Innovation Award. If you know a unit or program that demonstrates novel, effective methods for providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families, nominate them today.

Additional SCCM Awards
The Society offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field in a variety of areas. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive complimentary registration to the 47th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2017.