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February 6, 2014

Concise Critical Appraisal

Esmolol for Heart Rate Control in Septic Shock

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Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Board Review Courses
Register Now for the Summer Critical Care Ultrasound Courses
43rd Critical Care Congress On Demand is Now Available

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SCCM Offers Influenza Resources
AHA Survey Seeks Critical Care Input
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Esmolol for Heart Rate Control in Septic Shock

Septic shock is associated with the excessive sympathetic stress associated with a number of adverse physiological effects, ranging from myocardial depression to immunosuppression. Morelli and colleagues from the Sapienza University of Rome conducted a study to determine whether administration of a short-acting beta-adrenoreceptor blocker, esmolol, could reduce heart rate to a target range of 80 to 94 beats per minute (bpm) in patients with septic shock. The physiologic consequences of heart rate reduction were also examined, as well as secondary clinical outcomes.

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Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Board Review Courses

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2014 Adult and Pediatric Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Courses (MCCBRC) are the preferred resource for critical care professionals seeking a comprehensive review of content focused on the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

These four-and-a-half-day intensive courses include interactive board preparation sessions using audience response technology and feature practice board questions, answers and rationales. World-class faculty will focus on preparing fellows and attendings for their critical care certification and recertification.

Participants benefit by fulfilling continuing education  requirements and gaining accurate assessments of their knowledge in critical care. The course also provides an excellent update for any critical care professional seeking the most current review of the field.

The 2014 Adult and Pediatric MCCBRC will be held August 12 to 16, 2014, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Visit the Adult and Pediatric MCCBRC webpages for more information and to register.

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Register Now for the Summer Critical Care Ultrasound Courses

Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in the immediate management of patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care ultrasound skills.

Obtain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging with the Society of Critic al Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound or Pediatric Critical Care Ultrasound course. In each, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant.

In SCCM’s one-day Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound course, fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge are expanded and focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient. Participants explore the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient.

The summer ultrasound courses will be held August 17 to 19, 2014, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. For further  details and to register, visit the ultrasound courses web page.

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43rd Critical Care Congress On Demand is Now Available

sq-CongressNow you can experience the stimulating educational content from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress as if you were there.

Congress On Demand gives you access to videos containing both slides and lectures from every session in a searchable format, making it the next best thing to attending the live event. Once you’ve purchased Congress On Demand, you can access the materials as often as you like by logging into www.MySCCM.org.

Bring the Congress educational experience to your home or office. Congress On Demand is available for purchase in the SCCM online store. The registration rate for SCCM members is just $295 ($385 for nonmembers).

If you attended this year’s Congress, your subscription to this service was included in your registration fee. The materials can be accessed by logging into www.MySCCM.org with your Customer ID and password.

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SCCM Offers Influenza Resources

Intensive care units (ICUs) have already seen an influx of patients with the influenza virus this year, including influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1). That activity is expected to increase substantially in the coming weeks and months. Prevention with influenza vaccination is strongly recommended; all persons aged 6 months and older, including healthcare personnel, should be vaccinated now.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine has gathered influenza resources to keep ICU professionals informed.

Staying up to date on the latest developments this influenza season is vital as ICU professionals strive to provide the Right Care, Right Now.™

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Join the Creative Community

Joining the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Creative Community is one of the most important contributions a member can make in helping the Society achieve its mission and vision. If you are interested in joining the Creative Community, the online committee application must be completed by logging into MySCCM.org. Applications are due May 1, 2014. Appointments are made each September for the following year.

Please note that reappointment to a committee is not automatic. If you are already a committee or task force member and your term is about to expire, you will need to reapply.

Members of the Creative Community not only play an active role in Society activities and initiatives, they also gain leadership skills and networking opportunities.

Visit the Creative Community Resource Center for more information.

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AHA Survey Seeks Critical Care Input

The American Heart Association (AHA) is preparing to revise its 2010 guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation  and emergency cardiovascular care. The AHA’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee has identified members of the critical care community as key stakeholders in this process. Please participate in this brief survey to provide feedback that may be used to craft the 2015 guidelines.

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