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August 1, 2013

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Hypothermia and Normothermia After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Children (Cool Kids)

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Submissions Open for PICC 2014
Registration Available On Site for 2013 Adult Board Review Course
Webcast Will Discuss Protocols for Septic Maternity Patients

SCCM News

Congress Abstract Submission Closes September 3
Vision Grant Application Deadline Approaching
Membership Directory Access Made Easy
Hypothermia and Normothermia After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Children (Cool Kids)

Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has been shown to be effective in improving outcomes in adults and neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.  The theory is that TH can diminish the secondary injury by decreasing the brain’s metabolic demands, the amount of inflammation and lipid peroxidation, and the excitotoxicity that occurs with brain injuries.  Because of these effects , as well as successful studies in animal models, attempts have been made to use TH to improve outcomes in patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, clinical trials have not definitively shown any improvement in clinical outcomes.  The design of the Cool Kids trial altered some of the parameters used in the previous phase 3 trials – specifically, starting the cooling process earlier and continuing it for longer – in hopes of bolstering outcomes.

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Submissions Open for PICC 2014

Submissions for the 7th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care (PICC 2014) are now open. Contribute to this  multidisciplinary scientific program by submitting your abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2013.  All accepted abstracts will be published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Organized by the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, PICC 2014 will be held May 4-7, 2014, in the historic city of Istanbul, Turkey. Submit  your research for the opportunity to share it on this global stage.

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Registration Available On Site for 2013 Adult Board Review Course

Join your colleagues August 10 to 14, 2013, in Washington, DC, USA, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC).

The Adult MCCBRC is the premier source for any critical care professional seeking the most comprehensive review in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients. Led by founding directors Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, MCCM, and Henry Masur, MD, FCCM, the Adult MCCBRC offers four-and-a-half days of expert guidance on the core areas of critical care medicine. Whether you need to certify, recertify or simply review, this course provides an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Registration will be available on site at the JW Marriott in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk during the following hours:

Friday, August 9              4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 10        6:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, August 11          6:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Monday, August 12         6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13         6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14    6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Webcast Will Discuss Protocols for Septic Maternity Patients

Although little evidence-based material has been published on maternal sepsis, the incidence of severe sepsis and septic shock is increasing in the antepartum, peripartum, and postpartum populations. Recognizing the need to screen for sepsis and applying appropriate protocols can start reducing that incidence.

During the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Sepsis in Maternal Healthcare Settings, Brenda Downs, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, and Jeanne Sheffield, MD, will present an overview of the considerations unique to sepsis in labor and delivery. At the conclusion of this webcast, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how sepsis presents in the maternal population
  • Apply current evidence to the treatment of septic maternity patients
  • Identify screening parameters for the maternal patient

This event, part of SCCM’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.

The Sepsis in Maternal Healthcare Settings webcast will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. No CME is available. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration is still open for the Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage webcast, which will take place on August 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, will provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal impact from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients.

These programs are supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Congress Abstract Submission Closes September 3

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports for the 43rd Critical Care Congress. Abstracts will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. Central Time on September 3, 2013. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted.

If accepted, your work will be on display throughout Congress and your  abstract also will appear in the pages of Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care sub-specialty journal. And don’t forget: Individuals whose abstracts are accepted are also eligible for peer evaluation and awards.

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Vision Grant Application Deadline Approaching

Submit your application by August 31, 2013, to be considered for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2014 Vision Grant.  Through generous funding, $50,000 is offered to support member researchers. Basic, translational and clinical research submissions are encouraged.

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 or to download the application, visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant.

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Membership Directory Access Made Easy

Finding a colleague just  became a little easier.  The SCCM membership directory is now available to members via a convenient link at MySCCM.org. Once you log in with your SCCM username and password, look for the directory  link at the bottom of the profile box at the left of the screen. A single click provides a multitude of search criteria, allowing  you to zero in on your target.  And because someone may be looking to locate you, select the nearby “Edit profile” link to be certain your information is current.

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