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December 17, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Examining Last Year of Life in Children with Life-Threatening CCCs

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Registration is Now Open for Webcast on Preventing Surgical Fires
New Publication on Improving ICU Ultrasound Skills Now Available
Webcast to Review Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU
Discover Clinical Breakthroughs during Congress

SCCM News

2016 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards
ABIM Foundation and CMSS Professionalism Challenge Grants
Apply for FCCM Designation
Examining Last Year of Life in Children with Life-Threatening CCCs

Although many adults experience resource-intensive and costly healthcare in the last year of life, less is known about these healthcare experiences in children with life-threatening complex chronic conditions (CCCs). In a study by Ananth et al, the authors sought to describe the characteristics, resource use and healthcare costs for children with life-threatening CCCs in the last year of life and to determine which medical interventions were administered in the terminal admission.

They found that hospital use for children with life-threatening CCCs in the last year of life varies significantly across the type and number of conditions. They also found that children with hematologic/immunologic or multiple conditions have the greatest hospital use.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to 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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Registration is Now Open for Webcast on Preventing Surgical Fires

Registration is now open for the upcoming webcast, “Surgical Fires Are Preventable Medical Errors,” from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Project Dispatch Series, held in collaboration with the Surgery Section’s Patient Safety Committee. This webcast is the third and final of a unique series titled “Patient Safety During Bedside Procedures in the ICU,” and is organized and moderated by Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee Co-Chair Roy Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM, Assistant Director of Mid-Level Practitioners at St. Francis Hospital – The Heart Center. Registration is complimentary.

According to the FDA, hundreds of surgical fires occur in the United States each year. In this webcast, Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP, Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, will discuss improving the surgical team’s ability to classify, assess, prevent and manage the risk of fires. The implementation of tools and practices to reinforce this safety culture will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify elements of the fire triangle
  • Assess high fire risk in ICU practice
  • Implement fire risk safety initiatives

This 60-minute webcast will take place Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Project Dispatch aims to improve the quality, efficacy, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered research. This project is supported by grant number R18HS21940 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of AHRQ.

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New Publication on Improving ICU Ultrasound Skills Now Available

Expand your ultrasound knowledge with Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound, the latest publication from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Featuring full-color images and online video, this book is a must-have for healthcare professionals who are interested in or currently practicing critical care ultrasound.

Developed by a team of critical care ultrasound specialists, Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations. Eight key sections on the following topics are featured:

  • The Basics
  • The Heart
  • The Lungs
  • The Abdomen
  • Procedural Guidance
  • Clinical Problem Solving
  • Logistics
  • Pediatrics

The text also highlights administrative aspects of critical care ultrasound, including quality improvement, billing and certification.

Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound is available in the SCCM Store for the purchase price of $195 for members ($255 for nonmembers). If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Webcast to Review Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU

Advance your intensive care unit’s (ICU) continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) program. In the webcast “Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU,” the latest offering from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, expert faculty will review the evidence and rationale for cEEG in the ICU.

Jan Claassen, MD, PhD, and Eva Ritzl, MD, will discuss the importance of cEEG in assisting with diagnosis and management of critically ill patients, and will review current recommendations and indications for cEEG in the ICU beyond neurologic injury. Key aspects, logistics, expert opinions and obstacles of implementing a successful cEEG program in the ICU will be explored.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss state-of-the-art cEEG technology in the ICU
  • Review current guidelines, recommendations and expert opinion on how to successfully implement a cEEG monitoring program in the ICU

This webcast will take place Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). For institutions seeking unlimited participation at a single location, a $200 group rate is available. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 for details.

This webcast is part of SCCM’s Controversies in Critical Care series and was developed in collaboration with the Neuroscience Section. The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence is available to guide practice decisions.

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Discover Clinical Breakthroughs during Congress

Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances in patient care during the educational symposia at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th 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.

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.
This session will explore invasive fungal infections in the critical care setting and how to identify and overcome diagnostic challenges. Managing at-risk patients and optimizing antifungal therapy will also be discussed.

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.
This session will offer an overview of epidemiology and current guidelines for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, as well as strategies for implementing a pathogen-directed approach to tailoring therapies and new and emerging therapeutic options for treatment.

Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF)
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This session will review the diagnosis and classification of ADHF, existing therapies, new guidelines and the safety and efficacy data for new and emerging treatment therapies, as well as identify strategies for individualizing therapy to improve patient outcomes.

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Risk-Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.
This session will discuss the pathophysiology, etiology and epidemiology of AKI. Risk stratification scores, first-generation AKI markers and new markers of AKI and risk assessment will be examined.

These symposia will be held Monday, February 22, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A continental breakfast will be available before each symposium, beginning at 6:00 a.m. The sessions will start promptly at 6:30 a.m.

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password. Take advantage of the advance registration rate through January 13, 2016, and save up to $80.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, registrants should reserve their rooms online by Friday, January 15, 2016.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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2016 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards

The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards are presented to physicians, licensed and practicing in the United States, to recognize and support excellence in care near the end of life. To date, 28 of the nation’s leading physicians have received this prestigious award.

You are encouraged to nominate a deserving physician for the 2016 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards. Nominations for 2016 are due by December 31, 2015.

Information about the award and the nomination process can be found at http://physicianawards.org/.

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ABIM Foundation and CMSS Professionalism Challenge Grants

The ABIM Foundation, in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), recently announced a new grant program to support physicians who are working to advance medical professionalism in their practice.

The Professionalism Challenge program will fund up to four projects of $25,000 over a two-year period. Projects will be led by practicing physicians who propose a solution to an obstacle that is keeping them from fulfilling the principles and professional commitments defined in Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter.

Physicians whose primary professional activity is providing patient care are encouraged to apply. More information about the program, including proposal requirements, can be found in the full request for proposal (RFP). Grant applications are due January 19, 2016.

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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, 2016. 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 45th Critical Care Congress will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Plan on attending this session to ask any questions you may have regarding the application process.

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