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February 4, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Rapid Diagnosis of Infection in the Critically Ill


Participate in Industry Education at Congress
Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand is Now Available


Survey: Evaluating the Approach to Fever in the Intensive Care Unit
Rapid Diagnosis of Infection in the Critically Ill

The rapid diagnosis of infection and early initiation of appropriate antimicrobials is essential to optimizing an intensive care unit patient’s chances of survival. However, current culture-based pathogen identification is slow and unreliable. In contrast, polymerase chain reaction followed by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (PCR/ESI-MS) does not depend on the growth of organisms in culture and may offer a distinct advantage over currently available methods. The Rapid Diagnosis of Infections in the Critically Ill (RADICAL) study is a multicenter observational study conducted by Vincent et al, with the aim of comparing results obtained using PCR/ESI-MS technology and standard culture.

The authors found that PCR/ESI-MS provides rapid pathogen identification in 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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Participate in Industry Education at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th 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. Take advantage of one of the many industry education opportunities offered.

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Promotional Symposia
These non-continuing medical education programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments, such as sepsis-related mortality, multidrug-resistant infections, feeding the critically ill, and the use of multimodal analgesia in treating acute pain.

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed off-site setting, and attendance is complimentary.

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. In-booth education will take place during normal Exhibit Hall hours:

Sunday, February 21, 2016  –  9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Monday, February 22, 2016  –  9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016  –   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops
Attend a session on the show floor at the exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops, located in 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 Web page.

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Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand is Now Available

The recent webcast, Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU, is now available for purchase On Demand. In this webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, Jan Claassen, MD, PhD, and Eva Katharina Ritzl, MD, FRCP, discuss the importance of continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) in assisting with diagnosis and management of critically ill patients and review current recommendations and indications for cEEG in the intensive care unit (ICU) beyond neurologic injury. Key aspects, logistics, expert opinions and obstacles of implementing a successful cEEG program in the ICU are explored.

Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand allows you to access a video containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from the event. Enjoy this access from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and review the content on your own time and at your own pace. This is the next best thing to attending the live event. After your purchase, you can access the materials as often as you like by logging in to

Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand is available for purchase in the SCCM store. The purchase price is just $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

If you participated in the live event, your subscription to the On Demand service was included in your registration fee. The materials can be accessed by logging in to with your Customer ID and password.

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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Survey: Evaluating the Approach to Fever in the Intensive Care Unit

You are encouraged to participate in a survey evaluating the approach to fever in the intensive care unit (ICU). This survey is being conducted by a pulmonary critical care fellow and surgical intensivist at the University of Minnesota.

Fever in the ICU is sometimes controlled by medication or physical means to improve outcomes and the comfort of febrile patients. However, fever is ill defined, and fever control is not standardized. The objective of the study related to this survey is to examine how healthcare providers from different specialties approach fever in ICU patients.

It will take you five to 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The University of Minnesota Institutional Review Board has reviewed and approved this questionnaire and research study.

Your response is greatly appreciated.

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