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December 19, 2013

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Targeted Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest: How Low to Go?

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American Medical Association Offers Sunshine Act Toolkit

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Targeted Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest: How Low to Go?

Previous trials including Bernard SA, Gray TW, Buist MD, et al and a study by the Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest Study Group have demonstrated a significant improvement in neurological function and survival when therapeutic hypothermia was employed following cardiac arrest. The optimal temperature remains unclear, and the mere avoidance of hyperthermia may explain the benefit of hypothermia when it is induced after arrest. In the November issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the TTM (Target Temperature Management) Trial Investigators, led by Niklas Nielsen in Sweden, conducted a trial to investigate the benefits and harms of two temperature regimens for cardiac arrest patients.

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Participate in Industry Education at Congress

sq-CongressThe Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care. Each year, industry partners invest significant resources in research and development, placing them at the cutting edge of clinical practice.

Promotional Symposia

These non-CME programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments:

  • Critical Care Procedural Lab
  • Multi-pathway Neuroprotection: The SyNAPSe®   Study Closes in on Proving Why Intravenous Progesterone May Succeed as the World’s First Successful Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
  • New Advancement for Urgent Warfarin Reversal
  • Early Assessment of Acute Kidney Injury: Are New Biomarkers Rising to the Challenge?
  • Long-Term Dialysis Dependence After Acute Kidney Injury: Health Economic Implications

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed setting offsite and are free to attend unless otherwise specified.

In-Booth Education

Visit the Exhibit Hall to gain new ideas and a heightened level of awareness on clinical topics and new technologies through in-booth learning opportunities, which will take place during normal Exhibit Hall hours.

Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops

Attend a session on the show floor at the exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops, located directly across from the Exhibit Hall. Increase your learning opportunities and gain insight on a late breaking technology or clinical technique.

For full details, visit the Congress Industry Education page or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration for Congress will be accepted on site at the Moscone Center South. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM Registration Desk, located in the South Lobby of the Moscone Center, beginning Tuesday, January 7, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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American Medical Association Offers Sunshine Act Toolkit

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal healthcare programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals.

Manufacturers were required to collect and track payment, transfer and ownership information beginning August 1, 2013. They must report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on an annual basis. In addition, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations must report certain ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members. The majority of the information contained in the reports will be available on a public, searchable website. Physicians have the right to review their reports and challenge any that are false, inaccurate or misleading.

The American Medical Association offers a toolkit, so physicians can be prepared when it’s time to review their 2013 financial data before online publication next year.

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ICU Patient Communicator App

Communicator AppThe ICU Patient Communicator App by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) was designed to assist critical care providers communicate with patients who are unable to speak due to mechanical ventilation, hearing or speech limitations. The app also features translation capabilities in 19 different languages that provides the opportunity to have a two-way conversation between physician and patient.

The ICU Patient Communicator App allows patients to identity where on the body they are feeling sensations as well as the severity. Pain, itching and nausea can all be identified in exact locations on the body and rated on a scale of 0-10 for severity.

For more information or to download, visit the Patient Communicator App page.

You can also meet the Intensivist and App Developer at Congress in the Critical Connections Cafe during each break for a free demonstration.

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