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Carry the Entire Congress Program in the Palm of Your Hand

Get ready for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress by downloading the Congress App.

  • Access the most current listings of the sessions, business meetings, abstracts, research snapshot theaters, and more.
  • Check in to your attended sessions to expedite claiming continuing education credit.
  • Build your own schedule.
  • View faculty disclosures.
  • Connect with colleagues.
  • Access floor plans.

The Congress App is sponsored by Sage Therapeutics and is available within the SCCM App. Download the SCCM App and navigate to the SCCM Events icon.

Log in to get the most out of the Congress App. To log in, use your confirmation code, which is your SCCM Customer ID.

Apps designed specifically for the iPhone, iPad and Android are available now! Search “SCCM” in Google Play or the iTunes store. You can also download the SCCM App at www.sccm.org/SCCMApp.

All of SCCM’s resources are in one central location with the SCCM App! The SCCM App provides access to the 46th Critical Care Congress App, the new Critical Care Quiz, Surviving Sepsis Campaign App, iCritical Care episodes, SCCM Member Directory, Guidelines, News, Career Central, and much more!

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. The 2017 Congress curriculum will be packed with world-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, stimulating educational sessions, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Donate to SCCM and Your Gift is Doubled

The end of the year is a great time to think about making a charitable donation to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) so that it can continue to provide programs and projects that are all designed to improve care of the critically ill and injured worldwide.

Thanks to a generous donation from La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company, they will match every dollar you donate to SCCM until the end of the year 100%, to a max of $100,000.

Because your gift will double, the Society is asking that you consider being more generous this holiday season in your giving to SCCM. If you normally give $50, consider giving $100 – which will really equal $200 when it’s doubled. If you normally give $100, please consider giving $250 or more. The more you give, the more impact it will have on achieving our shared vision of better patient outcomes.

It’s easy and fast to make a tax-deductible contribution; simply click on the “Donate Now” button that accompanies this article and select a donation level that best meets your needs. You may target your gift to a wide-range of focus areas. Further information about the donation process is also available on the SCCM website.

Please donate to SCCM today so that the Society can reach, or even exceed, its fundraising goal before the end of the year. Every dollar you give will help ensure the Society can continue to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.donate now

Sepsis on the Wards Manuscript Available Open Access

Surviving Sepsis Campaign supporter, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, recently funded open access with its Sepsis on the Wards grant for original research describing a multipronged approach to improve severe sepsis outcomes.

This manuscript by Schorr et al entitled, “Implementation of a multicenter performance improvement program for early detection and treatment of severe sepsis in general medical–surgical wards,” appears in the November 2016 supplement of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

The Sepsis on the Wards project, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, seeks to ensure every patient is screened for sepsis on every shift, every day so that when a patient screens positive, teams can intervene with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign bundle.

Voting Now Underway for SCCM Council and ACCM

Voting is now underway for the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Login using your SCCM credentials and cast your ballot online at http://www.sccm.org/elections. The deadline to vote is November 19, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. CT.

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 via e-mail or 847-827-6888.

The AMA Outlines Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a final rule detailing regulations for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

The American Medical Association (AMA) has outlined the major provisions of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program for physicians that was created by MACRA. Access these AMA resources to learn more about this historic Medicare reform law and its various components and key policy improvements.

ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Program

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant Program.

The ASHP Foundation will award $25,000 grants to eligible institutions. The goal of this program is to expand the number of ASHP-accredited PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions for the 2017-2018 training year.

The deadline to submit applications is January 6, 2017.

Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Drug Shortage Alert

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Drug Shortages Committee has developed a comprehensive guide for responding to the current intravenous sodium bicarbonate shortage.

The Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage Alert provides pertinent information on the shortage’s impact on intensive care unit care. It also details related management strategies, pharmacotherapeutic considerations and safety implications.

Visit www.sccm.org/currentissues to access all Drug Shortage Alerts, including those addressing:

  • Fosphenytoin Injection
  • Alternative Medications for Procedural Sedation
  • Electrolyte Medication Shortages
  • Web Resources
  • Intravenous Loop Diuretics
  • General Considerations

Explore Hawaii During the 46th Critical Care Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has arranged discounts and special offers on exciting sightseeing activities to enhance the Congress experience.

Aha Aina, A Royal Luau
Experience Waikiki’s only oceanfront dinner show! In ancient times the Hawaiian people came together to celebrate momentous occasions. These gatherings were called ‘Aha‘aina (which translates to “gathering for a meal”). The luau will be held Monday, January 23, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The resort is located on sacred grounds and has created a modern, yet timeless Aha Aina, a Royal Luau, to honor the land’s majestic history through food, song, stories, hula, and culture—a true celebration!

To purchase discounted tickets, please call +1 808 921-4600 and use the code SCCM. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Congress Sightseeing Activities page.

Additional Sightseeing Activities
SCCM is also offering sightseeing tours for attendees who want to explore and discover all that this Pacific island paradise has to offer. Please visit the SCCM Congress activity website to make a reservation and for more details on the following:

  • Whale Watching
  • Turtle Snorkel Sail
  • Arizona Memorial Excursion
  • Diamond Head Crater Adventure
  • Jurassic Park Waterfalls Adventure
  • Volcano Tour
  • And much more!

Join the CDC in Marking Sepsis Awareness Month

In honor of Sepsis Awareness Month this September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sponsored and/or promoted numerous events stressing the importance of detecting this life-threatening condition early and taking preventative measures.

Help to continue raising awareness by participating in the CDC’s webinar, Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition, on Thursday, September 22, at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

Keep the conversation going on social media by using the following hashtag: #ThinkSepsis.

If you have not already done so, you are also encouraged to review resources related to the new sepsis definitions 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).

SCCM Releases Policy Statement Regarding Interventions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine and four other major critical care organizations have recently released a policy statement endorsing a seven-step process to resolve disagreements about potentially inappropriate treatments.

Titled “Defining Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Interventions: A Policy Statement from the Society of Critical Medicine Ethics Committee,” the material was published in the September 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Last Week of September Dedicated to Raising Malnutrition Awareness

You are encouraged to participate in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (ASPEN) fifth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week™, which will take place September 26-30, 2016. 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 2016 week boasts the following webinars:

Improving Malnutrition from the Physician Perspective  – Monday, September 26 – 12 p.m. (CT)

Combating Malnutrition in the Spanish Speaking Population: Available Programs and Resources – Tuesday, September 27 – 12 p.m. (CT)

Malnutrition Interventions and Programs for the Older Adult – Thursday, September 29 – 12 p.m. (CT)

In addition, there is an event where you can chat with the experts:

Age Does Not Matter: Malnutrition in the Aging Population – Wednesday, September 28 – 12 p.m. (CT)

For additional information, visit ASPEN’s website.

New Podcast Follows Up on SSC Concepts and Implementation

In the newly available iCritical Care podcast SCCM Pod-326 Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Creating Spread for Quality Improvement, Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Jane Taylor, Ed.D, about quality improvement science and her contributions to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

This podcast follows up on the concepts addressed in the Campaign’s Spreading Quality Just in Time series—a series of videos consisting of short tutorials on the science and methods behind applying interventions at the right time in the right way.

Spreading Quality Just in Time

This series is part of the Sepsis in the Wards project from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. It is relevant to those seeking information on sepsis screening quality improvement but can also be used by hospitals interested in hospital-wide expansion of any quality improvement initiative.

Join the CDC in Marking Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sponsoring and/or promoting numerous events to stress the importance of detecting this life-threatening condition early and taking preventative measures.

All events to be held in September dovetail nicely with a Vital Signs report released by the CDC late last month that centered on sepsis. The release of the report coincided with a related press conference held by the CDC that featured CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden and Mitchell Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP, a founding and Executive Committee member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, discussing the report and emphasizing the importance of early identification.

Events in September include:

The 1st World Sepsis Congress – Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9
In 13 distinctive sessions, more than 70 speakers from more than 20 countries will give 10-minute keynotes and presentations on the number one preventable cause of death worldwide: sepsis. After each talk, the speakers will answer live questions from the audience.

Twitter Chat Centered on Sepsis – Tuesday, September 13, at 12:00 p.m. (CT)
The chat will feature Dr. Richard Besser of ABC News discussing sepsis. Dr. Richard Besser is the Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News. To participate, use #abcDrBchat.

CDC Webinar – Advances in Sepsis: Protecting Patients Throughout the Lifespan – Tuesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. (CT)

CDC Webinar – Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition – Thursday, September 22, at 1:00 p.m. (CT)

Before, during and after the above events, you are encouraged to keep the conversation going on social media by using the following hashtag: #ThinkSepsis.

If you have not already done so, you are also encouraged to review resources related to the new sepsis definitions 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).

Participate in Twitter Chat Centered on Sepsis

You are encouraged to participate in a twitter chat on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (CT) that will feature Dr. Richard Besser of ABC News discussing sepsis. Dr. Richard Besser is the Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News.

To participate, use #abcDrBchat. This chat is part of World Sepsis Day, which is on September 13.

If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to review resources related to the new sepsis definitions released earlier this year in advance of the twitter chat.