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April 17, 2014

Concise Critical Appraisal

Protocol-based Resuscitation Versus Usual Care for Septic Shock

Education

2014 Edition of Current Concepts in Adult and Pediatric Critical Care Now Available
Webcast to Explore Consent for Research in the ICU
Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 2

SCCM News

$50,000 in Funding Available for Research Projects
Join the Creative Community
Start Preparing for Critical Care Awareness Month
Protocol-based Resuscitation Versus Usual Care for Septic Shock

Early protocolized care has become the standard since the 2001 trial by Rivers et al, which demonstrated 16% greater survival when patients with severe sepsis or septic shock were treated with a six-hour protocol of early, aggressive goal-directed therapy (EGDT). However, it is unclear which elements of the Rivers protocol are most beneficial. The Protocolized Care for Early Septic Shock (ProCESS) investigators, led by Derek Angus from the University of Pittsburgh, performed a multicenter trial comparing alternative resuscitation strategies for patients with septic shock.

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2014 Edition of Current Concepts in Adult and Pediatric Critical Care Now Available

Each year, the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular Congress pre-courses, 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 (ICU). These courses are now available On Demand, and new this year, the companion textbooks are available in print and as eBooks.

Save up to 20% by purchasing the Adult or Pediatric bundle, which includes the 2014 textbook and unlimited access to the On Demand course.

The 2014 version of Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care features the following topics:

  • Complications of Surgery: The Perspective of the Injured Kidney
  • Optimizing Sedation and Analgesia and the Role of Neuromonitoring
  • Managing Morbidity of the Cardiac Surgical Patient
  • Ethics in the ICU: A Primer

The 2014 version of Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care includes the following topics:

  • Applications of Dexmedetomidine in the Pediatric ICU and Beyond
  • Procedural Sedation Beyond the Pediatric ICU
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation: Balancing Risks and Benefits
  • Delirium in the Pediatric ICU



All of the Current Concepts resources are available for purchase in the SCCM store. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Webcast to Explore Consent for Research in the ICU

Forward progress in medicine is not a simple or quick feat. Researchers are at the forefront of advancing knowledge; however, they must find subjects willing to partner in research efforts to achieve their ultimate goals of treating diseases, improving quality of care and enhancing patient experiences.

In the webcast, Consent for Research in the ICU, from the Controversies in Critical Care series, Dan Thompson, MD, MA, FCCM, and Alex Kon, MD, FCCM, will discuss the challenges associated with obtaining pediatric and adult consent for complex research in critically ill patients. During the discussion, federal regulations, the SUPPORT study, and the potential impact of consent decisions on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the fundamentals of consent for research
  • Explain the issues of consent for research when the patients cannot consent for themselves
  • Describe the difference between pediatric and adult consent for research
  • Explore the problems in consent for complex research in critically ill patients

This webcast will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for SCCM members and $40 for nonmembers. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to inquire about the $200 group rate for institutions that will host multiple participants.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is a joint project of the SCCM Scientific Review Committee and the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s Ethics Committee. This series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which there is no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence for guiding practice decisions.

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Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 2

Assess your pediatric critical care knowledge and prepare for the subspecialty board examination with Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 2.

A follow-up to Question Set 1, the newly released Question Set 2 provides a review of new and different topics, including infectious disease and immunologic, neurologic, trauma-related, and hematologic/oncologic critical care topics.

This self-study tool is designed for physicians working on board preparation and maintenance of certification (MOC) and is comprised of 100 questions and rationales with accompanying study materials.

Participants will gain an online board examination experience consisting of:

  • 100 multiple choice questions similar to those covered on the actual exam, accompanied by evidence-based rationales
  • A list of keywords and references from missed questions for further study
  • 20 points toward MOC part II in pediatrics and 6 continuing medical education/continuing education credit hours

For more information and to make a purchase, visit the SCCM Online Store or contact SCCM Customer Service  at +1 847 827-6888.

Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 1 is also available for purchase in the SCCM Online Store. Question Set 1 provides a review of cardiovascular and pulmonary critical care topics.

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$50,000 in Funding Available for Research Projects

Through generous funding from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), a Vision Grant of $50,000 is offered to support member researchers. Basic, translational and clinical research submissions are encouraged. Submit your application by August 11, 2014, to be considered for grant support in 2015.

Eligible research should focus on one or more of the following areas of investigation:

  • Basic Research: Expand our understanding of complex critical illness processes.
  • Bench to Bedside: Improve patient care by translating basic scientific findings into therapeutic interventions for critical care patients.
  • Clinical Outcomes: Advance our understanding of patient outcomes and continuous improvement practices.

For more information and to download the application, visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant. Learn more about last year’s winner.

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Join the Creative Community

Joining the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Creative Community is one of the most important contributions a member can make in helping the Society achieve its mission and vision. If you are interested in serving as an SCCM volunteer by joining the Creative Community, the online committee application must be completed by logging into MySCCM.org. Applications are due May 1, 2014. Appointments are made each September for the following year.

Please note that reappointment to a committee is not automatic. If you are already a committee or task force member and your term is about to expire, you will need to reapply.

Members of the Creative Community not only play an active role in Society activities and initiatives, they also gain leadership skills and networking opportunities.

Visit the Creative Community Resource Center for more information.

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Start Preparing for Critical Care Awareness Month

As May approaches, it is time for intensive care unit (ICU) teams to consider how they will celebrate National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM). ICUs mark this special month in various ways, from sharing blue treats with staff or providing educational symposia, staff recognition ceremonies or ICU tours. Other units invite former patients and their families to meet staff and share their progress.

Regardless of how you celebrate NCCARM this year, be sure you wear blue on Friday, May 15, 2015, and share your stories and photos with the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Your stories will inspire other ICUs as we all celebrate the extraordinary contributions of our critical care colleagues in May.

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