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December 1, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Examining Pantoprazole or Placebo for Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis


Discount Registration for Congress Ends December 14
Secure Your Spot for January Ultrasound Courses


Donate to SCCM and Your Gift is Doubled
Examining Pantoprazole or Placebo for Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis

Pantoprazole is frequently administered to critically ill patients for prophylaxis against gastrointestinal bleeding. However, comparison to placebo has been inadequately evaluated, and pantoprazole has the potential to cause harm. Therefore, Selvanderan and colleagues set out to evaluate benefit or harm associated with pantoprazole administration.

They found no evidence of benefit or harm with the prophylactic administration of pantoprazole to mechanically ventilated critically ill patients anticipated to receive enteral nutrition.

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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Discount Registration for Congress Ends December 14

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, is the last day to take advantage of advance registration discounts for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress, to be held January 21 to 25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. In addition, discounted hotel rates end December 14, 2016; make your hotel reservation online today!

Network and collaborate with critical care leaders, and explore new tools, technologies and processes. The 2017 Congress will include plenary sessions, which will feature presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics. Attendees can participate in cutting-edge educational sessions, hands-on workshops and an interactive debate theater.

Pre- and Post-Congress Educational Sessions

Enhance your experience by attending a pre- or postcourse. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on a variety of critical care topics. An additional registration fee is required to attend.

This year’s courses include:

  • Advances in Veterinary Critical Care
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • ECMO Management Workshop
  • Adult Airway Management in the Critically Ill
  • Adult Multidisciplinary ICU Simulation Bootcamp
  • Fundamentals Faculty Academy
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring: From Cardiovascular Physiology to Applied Intensive Care Medicine
  • Ho‘ola hou (Revive): Resuscitation Officers Training Program (Code Blue and Medical Emergency Teams)
  • Liver Failure in the ICU: Key Concepts and Management Principles
  • Nutrition Research Workshop: From Bench to Bedside
  • What You Need to Know to Manage the Neurologically Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric

For more information on Congress and to view the advance program, visit

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Donate to SCCM and Your Gift is Doubled

The end of the year is a great time to think about making a charitable donation to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) so that it can continue to provide programs and projects that are all designed to improve care of the critically ill and injured worldwide.

Thanks to a generous donation from La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company, they will match every dollar you donate to SCCM until the end of the year 100%, to a max of $100,000.

Because your gift will double, the Society is asking that you consider being more generous this holiday season in your giving to SCCM. If you normally give $50, consider giving $100 – which will really equal $200 when it’s doubled. If you normally give $100, please consider giving $250 or more. The more you give, the more impact it will have on achieving our shared vision of better patient outcomes.

It’s easy and fast to make a tax-deductible contribution; simply click on the “Donate Now” button that accompanies this article and select a donation level that best meets your needs. You may target your gift to a wide-range of focus areas. Further information about the donation process is also available on the SCCM website.

Please donate to SCCM today so that the Society can reach, or even exceed, its fundraising goal before the end of the year. Every dollar you give will help ensure the Society can continue to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.donate now

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Secure Your Spot for January Ultrasound Courses

A limited number of seats remain for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Ultrasound and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric courses. These comprehensive, two-day courses will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on January 25 and 26, 2017, and are expected to sell out soon.

Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. The text covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations. This book is a must-have for healthcare professionals who are interested in or currently practicing critical care ultrasound.

Participants of each course benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points.

Benefits of the ultrasound courses include:

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice.
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency.
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses.
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures.
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one faculty ratio.

Both courses will take place following SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at

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

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