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August 3, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Examining Chest Compressions

Education

ICU Liberation Reduced Registration
Focal Seizures CE Series
FCCS: Tropical Diseases Course
VCCR: Online Trainee Education

SCCM News

ICU Design Citation Award
Apply for Pharmacist Traineeship
Examining Chest Compressions

Mechanical chest compression (CC) during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with AutoPulse or LUCAS devices has not improved survival from cardiac arrest. Cohort studies suggest risk of excess damage. Therefore, Koster et al studied the safety of mechanical CC compared with manual CC, as pertains to excess damage in patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest or with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest arriving with manual CPR at the emergency department.

They found that LUCAS does not cause significantly more serious or life-threatening visceral damage than manual CC. For AutoPulse, significantly more serious or life-threatening visceral damage than manual CC cannot be excluded.

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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ICU Liberation Reduced Registration

Reduced registration rates end August 16, 2017, for ICU Liberation and Animation: Operationalizing the PAD Guidelines Through the ABCDEF Bundle, which will be held September 12 and 13, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.  Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Limited seats remain.

Course participants will gain strategies for effective implementation of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines during this two-day didactic and simulation conference, which is held in partnership with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Internationally-recognized faculty will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. During the course, participants will:

  • Review the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle
  • Learn strategies for implementation and management of the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle in the intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Gain a significant hands-on experience by applying strategies during patient scenario simulations
  • Earn 14 continuing medical education credit hours (available to physicians, nurses and pharmacists)

Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will then be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s ICU after the conference.

For more information including the agenda, faculty listing, and continuing education details, visit the course webpage.

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Focal Seizures CE Series

Making the Connection: Improving ICU Healthcare Teams’ Response and Management of Focal Seizures is a two-part complimentary interactive educational program designed to improve the diagnosis and management of focal seizures in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Early Diagnosis and Individualized Management of Focal Seizures in the Intensive Care Unit, part 1 of this series, is now available. Join expert faculty as they discuss current and emerging therapies and strategies to overcome specific epilepsy-related challenges in the critical care patient.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from UCB, Inc., and is jointly provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 0.5 hours of continuing medical education/continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through June 2018.

Part 2 will be released later this summer.

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FCCS: Tropical Diseases Course

The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program has expanded its scope of course offerings with the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course.

Developed to educate learners about the transmission, symptoms, management, and prevention of tropical disease, the FCCS: Tropical Diseases course combines the FCCS core curriculum with information needed for the initial identification and care of infected patients who are or may become critically ill. A certificate will be issued to individuals who successfully complete the course.

Course topics include:

  • Chikungunya virus disease
  • Dengue fever
  • Ebola virus disease
  • Hemorrhagic fevers: Marburg and Lassa viruses
  • Leptospirosis
  • Severe malaria
  • Typhoid fever
  • Viral encephalitis
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus infection

For more information and to start planning your course, visit www.sccm.org/tropical or contact the Fundamentals team at fccs@sccm.org or +1 847 827-6869.

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VCCR: Online Trainee Education

Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR): Adult and Pediatric are designed to better prepare students, residents, and fellows to contribute to the diagnosis and management of the critically ill adult or pediatric patient during their intensive care unit rounds.

VCCR, the enhanced replacement for the adult and pediatric Resident ICU (RICU) programs, features:

  • Professionally-narrated modules with clear learning objectives, engaging case studies, interactive questions, and a list of additional resources for further exploration
  • An extensive topic selection with lectures developed by content experts on each subject
  • SCCM’s efficient, learning management platform, which allows program directors to view and monitor participants’ progress throughout the courses

VCCR: Adult and Pediatric are each made up of 2 different courses. VCCR I focuses on the student level and VCCR II focuses on the resident and fellow levels. Each course is available as a program director-led or a self-directed course.

Visit www.sccm.org/VCCRAdult or www.sccm.org/VCCRPeds for more details including a module listing and to make a purchase.

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ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are blindly reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to promote a healing environment
  • Safety, security and efficiency of the unit
  • Innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with two plaques. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2017.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

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Apply for Pharmacist Traineeship

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its Critical Care Concentrated Traineeship.

During this 5-month, ACPE-accredited educational experience, trainees will receive intensive distance and experiential training that accelerates their ability to be the medication expert on interdisciplinary teams to optimize the safety, quality and care of critically ill patients.

The deadline to submit applications is October 10, 2017.

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