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April 21, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Expediting Transfer of Patients with Time-Sensitive Critical Illness
Chronic Hypoxemia in Children with CHD Mars Airway Epithelial Na+ Transport

Education

Register for Second Sepsis Redefined Webcast
New Location for Summer Critical Care Ultrasound Courses
Practice and Prepare with the Adult and Pediatric Board Review Courses
Obtain Free CE Credit with Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

SCCM News

Application Deadline Tomorrow for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding
Start Preparing for Critical Care Awareness Month
Apply For ICU Design Citation Award
Expediting Transfer of Patients with Time-Sensitive Critical Illness

Time-sensitive, critical surgical illnesses require care at specialized centers. Trauma systems facilitate patient transport to designated trauma centers, but formal systems for nontraumatic critical illness do not exist. Scalea et al created the critical care resuscitation unit to expedite transfers of adult critically ill patients with time-sensitive conditions to a quaternary academic medical center, hypothesizing that this would decrease time to transfer, increase transfer volume, and improve outcomes.

They found that the critical care resuscitation unit dramatically increased the volume of critically ill surgical patients. It decreased transfer times, increased volume, and, for those who required urgent operation, decreased time from initial referral to the operating room.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

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Chronic Hypoxemia in Children with CHD Mars Airway Epithelial Na+ Transport

Ambient hypoxia impairs the airway epithelial Na+ transport, which is crucial in lung edema reabsorption. Whether chronic systemic hypoxemia affects airway Na+ transport has remained largely unknown. Kaskinen et al have therefore investigated whether chronic systemic hypoxemia in children with congenital heart defect affects airway epithelial Na+ transport, Na+ transporter-gene expression, and short-term lung edema accumulation.

They found that the impaired airway epithelial amiloride-sensitive Na+ transport activity in profoundly hypoxemic children with cyanotic congenital heart defect may hinder defense against lung edema after cardiac surgery.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

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Register for Second Sepsis Redefined Webcast

Due to overwhelming interest in the original webcast, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will hold a second “Sepsis Redefined” webcast featuring the same content. Register today to reserve your spot on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Space is limited for this complimentary 90-minute webcast.

Moderated by Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FACS, FCCM, this webcast will feature leading sepsis experts who will discuss the recently published The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3) and a related response that has been provided by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC). Preparation for this webcast may include review of the primary Sepsis-3 manuscript available from the Journal of the American Medical Association and the SSC statement responding to Sepsis-3.

Clifford S. Deutschman, MS, MD, FCCM, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP, will explore such topics as the rationale for the new definitions of sepsis and septic shock, the quick Sepsis-Related Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) and how this definition might apply to bedside sepsis screening.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3) and related clinical assessment tools
  • Recognize the rationale behind the new definitions for sepsis and septic shock
  • Understand the relationship of the new sepsis definitions to bedside screening and treatment of sepsis patients

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Keep the discussion going on Twitter by using #SepsisRedefined. Join the #SepsisRedefined conversation group for updates on upcoming Twitter Chats on this topic.

This webcast is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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New Location for Summer Critical Care Ultrasound Courses

This summer, the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Ultrasound training courses will be held in a new location: the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Rosemont offers the convenience and amenities of downtown Chicago but at a lower price, and it’s just minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

Assist in the immediate management of patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care skills during SCCM’s popular ultrasound training courses.

Critical Care Ultrasound and Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric provide the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. During each course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant during these comprehensive two-day courses on July 16 and 17, 2016.

Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric will expand your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge. The advanced courses will focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient, and participants will explore the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient. These one-day courses will be held on July 18, 2016.

These ultrasound courses traditionally sell out early. Register online for Critical Care Ultrasound, Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric, Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Practice and Prepare with the Adult and Pediatric Board Review Courses

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Adult and Pediatric Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Courses (MCCBRC) set the standard in board preparation. Whether you need to certify, recertify or simply review, MCCBRC provides an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Receive 4.5 days of expert guidance on the core areas of critical care medicine. MCCBRC includes interactive board preparation sessions using audience response technology and features practice questions, answers and rationales. Participants benefit by fulfilling continuing education requirements and gaining accurate assessments of their knowledge in critical care.

As a registered participant, you will receive the course syllabus, online access to practice questions, post-course audio recordings of each lecture and networking opportunities with colleagues and world-renowned experts in critical care.

The 2016 board review courses will be held in a new location: the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Rosemont offers the convenience and amenities of downtown Chicago but at a lower price, and it’s just minutes from O’Hare International Airport. The courses will be held July 19-23, 2016.

Register online for the adult or pediatric course using your customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Visit www.sccm.org/adultboardreview or www.sccm.org/pediatricboardreview for more details.

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Application Deadline Tomorrow for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the second round of seed grants to foster an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. These groups will offer survivors mutual support and the opportunity to share solutions to the challenges of recovery after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

Via a brief, expedited application process, SCCM will select five new sites to join the collaborative. Participation is open to institutions that already have a support group in place, as well as those that wish to establish a new support system for patients. Participants will join together in regular calls to share knowledge about nurturing such groups and helping them grow. The goal of these grants is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing an international network.

Applications are due June 17, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews at aandrews@sccm.org.

Also, learn more about post-intensive care syndrome and the efficacy of peer support groups by reading an informative peer-reviewed article that recently appeared in Advanced Critical Care.

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Obtain Free CE Credit with Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

Whether you missed the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA, or couldn’t make it to all sessions of interest, you can now experience several of the industry-supported sessions online. Review the content at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and earn free continuing education credit by viewing any of the following complimentary webcasts and then applying for credit.

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Improving Clinical Outcomes and Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.

Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each webcast. This opportunity is available through April 2017.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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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 20, 2016, and share your stories and photos with the Society of Critical Care Medicine. You can inspire other ICUs as we all celebrate the extraordinary contributions of our critical care colleagues in May.

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Apply For ICU Design Citation Award

The ICU Design Citation award was conceived to identify and recognize a critical care unit already in operation whose design demonstrates attention to both functional and humanitarian issues. This prestigious award is co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health.

The deadline to submit an application is August 15, 2016.

The citation is awarded to the entry that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The focus is on planning and design characteristics rather than process or administrative features. Units are reviewed in a blinded fashion according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

ICU Design Guidelines

Most healthcare providers have little experience designing and constructing an intensive care unit (ICU). The ICU Design Guidelines can make the process easier and the finished project more efficient, effective, safe, and patient centered.

Award Winning ICU Designs

SCCM offers an interactive, web-based program that contains the top ICU design projects since 1992, with each project reviewed in short video segments. The companion PDF document contains features and floor plans of each winning unit.

Learn more about ICU design.

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