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February 1, 2018

Concise Critical Appraisal

Airway Pressure Release Ventilation and ARDS


Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions
Few Seats Remain for Pediatric Ultrasound Course
Attend Afternoon Symposia at Congress
Register for 2018 MCCKAP Examination


Discovery Call for Proposals
Apply Now for THRIVE Post-ICU Clinic Grant
Airway Pressure Release Ventilation and ARDS

Despite ubiquitous acceptance, data supporting traditional Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network lung-protective strategies are far more controversial than their fabled repute. Conversely, despite its physiologically pleasing underpinning and positive preclinical data, airway pressure release ventilation (APRV) has garnered little support from the critical care community, primarily due to a lack of robust, high-quality clinical data. Therefore, Zhou et al (Intensive Care Med. 2017; 43(11):1648-1659) set out to see whether early application of APRV in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) would allow pulmonary function to recover faster and would reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation compared with low tidal volume lung protective ventilation (LTV).

They found that, compared with LTV, APRV in patients with ARDS improved oxygenation and respiratory system compliance, decreased plateau pressure, and reduced the duration of both mechanical ventilation and intensive care unit stay.

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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Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you well-informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and THRIVE: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit

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Few Seats Remain for Pediatric Ultrasound Course

Register online for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal course. Just a few seats remain; secure yours today! This popular course will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Participants will 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

This course will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. If you plan to attend this course in conjunction with Congress, register at If you wish to attend this course and not attend Congress, register online using your Customer ID and password.

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Attend Afternoon Symposia at Congress

Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances that lead to better patient care during these thought-provoking presentations at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress. These complimentary continuing medication education (CME)/continuing education (CE) lunch symposia are presented by leading experts in critical care and offer a thorough analysis of the developments and controversies affecting many intensive care unit (ICU) environments.

Parental Nutrition in the Critically Ill: Appropriate Administration of Intravenous Lipid Emulsions
Supported by an educational grant from Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC
This session will review the nutrition requirements of critically ill patients as well as the efficacy and safety data of intravenous lipid emulsions. The guideline recommendations for parental nutrition and intravenous lipid emulsions for the ICU patient will also be discussed.

Challenges of Using Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Agents in the Critically Ill
Supported by an educational grant from Portola Pharmaceuticals
This session will review the unique characteristics of the new antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents and discuss indications and contraindications for their use. The benefits and potential risks of antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents will be explored. The approaches to managing critical bleeding and reversal strategies to chemical antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents will also be discussed.

These industry-supported symposia will be held Monday, February 26, 2018, in Hemisfair Ballrooms C1 and C2 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. They are available to all Congress registrants; no additional registration is needed to attend. Lunch and seating are on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions will start promptly at 12:30 p.m. More information is available at

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

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Discovery Call for Proposals

Gain valuable peer feedback on your clinical proposal by submitting your clinical research proposal to Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network. Proposals will be accepted from January 15, 2018, through March 12, 2018.

Submit your proposal online today.

Accepted proposals will be presented at a 2018 Clinical Investigators Meeting, where investigators will receive:

  • An opportunity to obtain written feedback on their proposal from the Discovery Steering Committee before they present at the meeting
  • Peer feedback and discussion on the presented proposal
  • Access to site expansion opportunities for their research
  • Formal letter endorsing the proposal from Discovery, the Critical Research Network, which may aid in future funding requests

2018 Clinical Investigator Meetings

  • May 21, 2018: This meeting will be held during the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference in San Diego, California, USA.
  • October 1, 2018: This meeting will be held at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, USA.
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Register for 2018 MCCKAP Examination

The registration deadline is February 7, 2018, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). Register online using your customer ID and password. The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and individual fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each individual fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs; it can also be used by individuals to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the examination. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

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Apply Now for THRIVE Post-ICU Clinic Grant

The Society of Critical Medicine, through the THRIVE Initiative, is offering up to seven $1,000 grants aimed at fostering a network of hospitals focused on developing post-intensive care unit (ICU) clinics to provide comprehensive care to ICU survivors. Recipients will share and gain knowledge in how to set up and sustain a post-ICU clinic and will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in growing the network. Goals of this collaborative are to:

  • Improve patient outcomes after ICU discharge
  • Address post-intensive care syndrome using a multidisciplinary team
  • Decrease readmission rates and morbidities
  • Improve quality of life for patients after critical illness
  • Collect data on quality improvement

Applications for 2018 are now open online and are due by May 1, 2018. For more information, visit the THRIVE Post-ICU Clinic Collaborative website.

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