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August 18, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

The Efficacy of Platelet Transfusion

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Reserve Your Spot for Upcoming ICU Liberation Webcasts
Free CE Credit Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress
Register for January Ultrasound Courses

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Participate in Twitter Chat Centered on Sepsis
Survey: Management of Death by Neurologic Criteria in Pediatric Patients
The Efficacy of Platelet Transfusion

Platelet transfusion after acute spontaneous primary intracerebral hemorrhage in people taking antiplatelet therapy might reduce death or dependence by reducing the extent of the hemorrhage. Baharoglu et al therefore aimed to investigate whether platelet transfusion with standard care, compared with standard care alone, reduced death or dependence after intracerebral hemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy use.

They found that platelet transfusion seems inferior to standard care for people taking antiplatelet therapy before intracerebral hemorrhage.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into 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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Reserve Your Spot for Upcoming ICU Liberation Webcasts

Reserve your spot for the upcoming two-part webcast, “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU” and “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results,” from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series. The webcasts will be conducted for interprofessional teams (IPTs) working together to implement the ABCDEF Bundle. Registration is open to both participants and non-participants of the ongoing ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Collaborative, and is complimentary for all.

For optimal impact, it is strongly encouraged that all members of the IPT responsible for bundle implementation (i.e., nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and administrative leads or RN managers) attend both sessions. Results from participation will be most effective if attended by the entire team; partial team attendance is also acceptable.

During the first session, Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, MS-L, RN, CCRN, DC, Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant for Sutter Health and Dorothy Lingren, MA, Team Consultant for Sutter Health/Lingren Consulting, will address the role of the IPT and the key abilities of partnership, cooperation, and coordination that make the team successful. Teams who attend will commit to implementing a test of change that they will implement as a team.

Learning objectives include:

  • Articulate the purpose, key abilities and success factors for the IPT
  • Explore IPT practices that facilitate successful bundle implementation
  • Identify a test of change for your IPT to conduct and report on at a subsequent session

The second session will provide an opportunity for teams to share the results of their test of change. In addition, the session will focus on how to address the influence and conflict challenges that frequently arise when working toward full ABCDEF Bundle implementation. At the end of the session, team members will have a preliminary list of activities to continue working collaboratively toward bundle implementation.

Learning objectives include:

  • Report results of test of change and plan next test (partnership)
  • Identify influence and conflict challenges that exist and practice using appropriate tools to address them (cooperation)
  • List activities that the team needs to address for successful ABCDEF Bundle implementation (coordination)

The 60-minute webcasts, which will be moderated by Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, FCCM, will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits. Please visit the event page for more information.

Register online for “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU” and “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results” using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an intensive care unit stay.

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Free CE Credit Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

If you were unable to attend the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA, or simply couldn’t make it to all sessions of interest, you can still experience several popular 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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Register for January Ultrasound Courses

Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in immediate patient management by learning or enhancing point-of-care skills during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) critical care ultrasound courses.

Obtain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging with SCCM’s comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric course. In each, 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. Learn from a world-renowned faculty comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.

Both courses will be held January 25 and 26, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, following SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric event registration page.

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

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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.

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Survey: Management of Death by Neurologic Criteria in Pediatric Patients

You are encouraged to participate in a survey being conducted by a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and NYU Langone Medical Center that addresses management of death by neurologic criteria (brain death) in pediatric patients. The goals of this survey are to learn about the views and experiences of pediatric intensivists with management of death by neurologic criteria.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Matthew Kirschen, MD, at kirschenm@email.chop.edu.

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