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August 20, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Indications and Effects of Plasma Transfusions in Critically Ill Children

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On-Site Registration Accepted for ECMO Management Course
Reduced Registration Rates End Soon for Sepsis Without Walls Conference
Register for Webcast on Family Engagement and Empowerment in the ICU

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Attend Popular Congress Events and Sessions
Watch New Educational Tutorials from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign
Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts
ASHP Foundation Seeking Applicants for Critical Care Traineeship
Indications and Effects of Plasma Transfusions in Critically Ill Children

Plasma transfusions are frequently prescribed for critically ill children, although their indications lack a strong evidence base. Many physicians often transfuse critically ill children who have abnormal coagulation tests and who are not bleeding. Karam et al conducted an international multicenter observational point-prevalence study involving 101 pediatric intensive care units in 21 countries. They sought to characterize indications leading to plasma transfusions in critically ill children and assess the effect of plasma transfusions on coagulation tests.

They found that approximately one-third of transfused patients were not bleeding and had no planned procedure. In addition, in most patients, coagulation tests were not sensitive to increases in coagulation factors resulting from plasma transfusion.

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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On-Site Registration Accepted for ECMO Management Course

Explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs by attending the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ECMO Management course, to be held August 28 and 29, 2015, at the University of Arizona Center for Simulation and Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Registration for a limited number of participants will be accepted on site on a first-come, first-served basis at the SCCM registration desk at the University of Arizona Center for Simulation and Innovation in the first floor lobby next to the elevators during the following hours:

Friday, August 28 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and led by expert faculty, this intense two-day simulation course will provide a comprehensive overview of ECMO programs. Participants will rotate through lectures and simulation scenarios. Each simulation group will have a maximum of 10 participants and two facilitators. Topics include basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations.

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Reduced Registration Rates End Soon for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

Reduced registration rates end September 2, 2015, for the Sepsis Without Walls conference, which will be held September 25, 2015, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to offer this one-day interactive conference, which will focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and treat patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of the care unit in which they are located.

JHM_2C_P_HEarly detection of sepsis, with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, appears to be the single most important factor in reducing morbidity and mortality from sepsis. Therefore, healthcare providers need to have a high index of suspicion for the presence of sepsis and must begin appropriate antimicrobials quickly. Join the multiprofessional panel of leading experts who will focus on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify cutting-edge diagnostic algorithms for pathogen identification in sepsis
  • Analyze and implement sepsis pathways for patients who are not yet located in the intensive care unit
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of current infection control practices
  • Summarize effective antibiotic recommendations for common nosocomial infections

SCCMReserve your seat by September 2, 2015, to receive the reduced rate using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates. A limited block of hotel rooms has been reserved for conference attendees and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your hotel reservation  by August 18, 2015, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate.

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Register for Webcast on Family Engagement and Empowerment in the ICU

Register now for the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ICU Liberation series, Family Engagement – AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project , held in collaboration with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is composed of four nurses from the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). This team administered an educational program on the ABCDEF bundle to an audience of intensive care unit nurses at MGH. The final bundle element, family engagement and empowerment, was added to represent the value of family involvement in the overall patient plan.

In this webcast, Maurene A. Harvey, RN, MPH, MCCM, critical care educator and consultant, Erica Edwards, RN, MSN, CCRN-CMC, CHFN, CICU attending nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, and Alicia Sheehan, RN, BSN, CICU staff nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, will provide the evidence for this addition, as well as illustrate how family engagement is implemented in the CICU.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors described in the literature about the importance of family engagement
  • Describe the background of family inclusion in the CICU
  • Discuss the implementation of family engagement and empowerment in the ABCDEF bundle

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.
Register online  today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.
This webcast is held in collaboration with the AACN CSI Academy.
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 from an intensive care unit stay.

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Attend Popular Congress Events and Sessions

Connect with colleagues, experience leading-edge innovations in critical care medicine, and stretch your imagination at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) 45th Critical Care Congress. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service  at +1 847 827-6888.

congressThe Society’s annual Congress will take place February 20-24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA, and will offer opportunities to make valuable connections and draw diverse perspectives from all members of the multiprofessional critical care team. Learn about the latest developments in critical care by attending the always-popular abstract presentations and poster hall events offered at Congress:

Poster Displays and ePosters
Abstracts of original scientific research findings will be on display in the Poster Hall, which will be open Sunday, February 21, through Tuesday, February 23, 2016. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to view all posters in an electronic format via computers, screens and other mobile views. ePosters will be searchable and will include enhanced information to provide the most recent critical care research available.

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, for two hours on Sunday, February 21, 2016. These presentations will highlight the top 64 abstracts submitted. The abstracts presented during these sessions will not be on display in the Poster Hall but can be found as ePosters.

Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of accepted abstracts and the top case reports will present their submissions with time for questions and answers. Sessions will be moderated by noted faculty and experts to facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary. Presentations will be held in designated sections of the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, February 21, through Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Abstract Awards Presentation
Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on February 21, 2016.

For more information, visit www.sccm.org/Congress or view the Preliminary Program.

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Watch New Educational Tutorials from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign

The Sepsis in the Wards project, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, sought to ensure that every patient was screened for sepsis on every shift each day in a pilot inpatient ward. When the results of patient screening were positive, teams intervened with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign bundle.

Hospitals participating in the Sepsis in the Wards project shared insights on screening interventions and eventually facilitated knowledge transfer across units within the hospital.

The Spreading Quality Just in Time series offers short tutorials on the science and methods behind applying interventions at the right time in the right way. This series 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.

Spreading Quality Just in Time

Watch Sepsis-Related Video Recorded at 2015 Congress
Earn free continuing medical education credit by viewing this session from the 44th Critical Care Congress.
Fluids Make the Difference in Organ Function and Survival with Sepsis
Supported in part by an educational grant from Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
In this session, faculty discuss the current evidence for fluid therapy in sepsis, the application of individualized intravenous fluids based on composition and safety profile.

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Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you haven’t checked out our iCritical Care podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at www.sccm.org/iCriticalCare.

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ASHP Foundation Seeking Applicants for Critical Care Traineeship

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is seeking applicants for its 2015-2016 Critical Care Traineeship.

The application deadline is September 21, 2015.

The ASHP Foundation’s Critical Care Traineeship is a five-month educational experience that includes distance learning and on-site experiential training. It is designed for pharmacists in acute settings who are providing specialized services for critically ill patients. The traineeship prepares participants to design patient-specific pharmacotherapy, solve drug therapy problems, and develop protocols, policies and procedures for the treatment of such patients. Participants will be able to address their hospital’s or health system’s needs regarding medication use in critically ill patients.

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