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December 7, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Predicting Mortality in Patients with Sepsis

Education

Congress Early Registration
Receive Ultrasound Training from Expert Faculty
San Antonio Pediatric Fundamentals Course
Disaster Preparedness

SCCM News

Corticosteroid Insufficiency Guidelines Update
SCCM Websites Alert: Monday, December 11
Predicting Mortality in Patients with Sepsis

Sepsis is an important cause of mortality in critical care, yet it is a heterogeneous syndrome in which patients with otherwise similar presenting clinical characteristics may rapidly progress to death or improve with minimal intervention. Therefore, Mikacenic et al (Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017;196:1004-1011) set out to assess the utility of a multibiomarker-based model to predict 28-day mortality among critically ill patients with at least two systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria and/or sepsis.

Their findings offer insight into diagnostics to better prognosticate and ultimately direct specific therapies to achieve optimal clinical outcomes in heterogeneous groups of critically ill patients.

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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Congress Early Registration

Register by Wednesday, December 20, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress and save over 15% off the registration fee. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care.

  • Attend the plenary sessions, which will feature presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops and interactive debates led by internationally renowned faculty.
  • Engage in numerous events and networking opportunities with members of the entire multiprofessional team.

Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by January 26, 2018.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Please note: Registration and housing for the 2018 Congress are handled exclusively by SCCM and Orchid Events. Housing reservations should only be made through the 2018 SCCM Congress website. If you are contacted by anyone besides SCCM promoting registration and/or housing for Congress, please pass this information on to SCCM Customer Service.

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Receive Ultrasound Training from Expert Faculty

Register today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses featuring education led by expert, nationally recognized faculty, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Both courses are expected to sell out early.

During each course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Additional course benefits include:

  • Complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio
  • A review of the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians, nurses, and physician assistants

Seats are filling fast for these popular courses, both of which will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration pages.

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San Antonio Pediatric Fundamentals Course

Attend the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Simulation Center.

PFCCS addresses fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of post-resuscitation management of the critically ill pediatric patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.

The course utilizes didactic sessions along with skill stations and scenario-driven discussions to better prepare healthcare professionals for the management of the critically ill pediatric patient.

Notable faculty include Utpal S. Bhalala, MD, FAAP, FCCM; Elumalai Appachi, MD, MRCP; Karl L. Serrao, MD, FAAP, FCCM; Matthew A. Borgman, MD; and Michele C. Papo, MD, FCCM.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

This course will be held February 22 and 23, 2018, before the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Congress.

For more information and to register, please contact Jann Harrison.

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Disaster Preparedness

This past year we have seen great tragedy in our world. Be prepared to handle a disastrous event with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) disaster preparedness resources.

Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or man-made mass casualty events. This one-day course, hosted by an institution or taken online, arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters.

Preparing Your ICU for Disaster Response serves as a step-by-step guide to help ICU professionals assess their current level of disaster preparedness. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this toolkit provides practical, usable resources for strategizing and implementing a standing plan for disaster preparedness. This product is available as an eBook only. Access is complimentary for SCCM members and $10 for nonmembers.

SCCM maintains a disaster resources web page. During disaster events, this page provides resources related to specific volunteer opportunities, complimentary publication chapters and podcasts, and relevant links to external organizations and institutions, as well as continuous updates from SCCM and its members.

For more information, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Corticosteroid Insufficiency Guidelines Update

The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing the diagnosis and management of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI) in critically ill patients.

Titled “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Critical Illness-Related Corticosteroid Insufficiency (CIRCI) in Critically Ill Patients (Part I),” the article was published in the December 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

This update of the 2008 consensus statement is available for free download and includes recommendations for management of CIRCI in patients with specific critical illnesses and conditions in which CIRCI may occur as a complication.

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SCCM Websites Alert: Monday, December 11

The Society of Critical Care Medicine websites will be undergoing maintenance and will be unavailable on Monday, December 11. This may impact registration for meetings and events, purchasing products from the SCCM store, and accessing resources on MySCCM, SCCM.org, MyICUCare.org, and LearnICU.org.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6869.

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