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December 15, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

EIP Prolongation in ARDS Patients

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Attend an Afternoon Symposium at Congress

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EIP Prolongation in ARDS Patients

End-inspiratory pause (EIP) prolongation decreases dead space-to-tidal volume ratio and partial pressure of carbon dioxide in arterial blood (PaCO2). We do not know the physiological benefits of this approach to improve respiratory system mechanics in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients when mild hypercapnia is of no concern. Aguirre-Bermeo et al, therefore, set out to address this unknown.

They found that prolonging EIP allowed a significant decrease in tidal volume without changes in PaCO2 in passively ventilated ARDS patients. This produced a significant decrease in plateau pressure and driving pressure and significantly increased respiratory system compliance, which suggests less overdistension and less dynamic strain.

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Attend an Afternoon Symposium at Congress

Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances in patient care during the educational symposia at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress. Each stimulating session is presented by leading experts in critical care and offers a thorough analysis of the developments and issues affecting most intensive care unit (ICU) environments. These sessions are complimentary for all Congress registrants, and no additional registration is needed to attend.

Evidence-Based Management of Hepatorenal Syndrome Type 1 in Critical Care: Preserving Renal Function in Patients with Portal Hypertension
Supported by an educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
This session will review the current knowledge on pathology and definitions for hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) as well as assessment and differential diagnosis of HRS in cirrhotic patients. Critical care team decision-making regarding plasma revolumization and timing of pharmacologic options will also be discussed.

The Modern Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Shock
Supported by an educational grant from La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
This symposium will explore emerging therapeutic strategies, preserving end-organ perfusion and volumetric assessment in shock.

Anticoagulant Therapy: Where We Are and Where We Are Heading
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
This session will discuss n
on-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants, new antiplatelet agents (thienopyridines), and emergent management of bleeding and reversal of anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents.

These symposia will be held Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the Tapa Tower Ballrooms. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments and beverages will be available before each symposium, beginning at 3:00 p.m. The sessions will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. More information is available at www.sccm.org/AfternoonSymposia.

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password. For details, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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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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Apply for FCCM Designation

The deadline for completing the application to become a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) is March 15, 2017. Please contact Society of Critical Care Medicine staff partner Carol Prendergast at cprendergast@sccm.org or call +1 847-827-6826 if you have any questions about the application process.

Also, the session “Become a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine” at the Society’s 46th Critical Care Congress will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Plan on attending this session to ask any questions you may have regarding the application process.

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Learn more about the ECMO Management Workshop to be held January 20 to 21, 2017 in Hawaii at www.sccm.org/Congress.