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January 15, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Autologous BMMNC Therapy and Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Education

On-Site Registration: Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric
MCCKAP Advance Registration Deadline Is Approaching
Webcast: Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials

SCCM News

New iCritical Care Podcast Hosts
Join the Creative Community
Care of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease
Carry the Entire Congress Program in the Palm of Your Hand
ICU Liberation Initiative Featured in HealthLeaders Media Article
Extra Educational Opportunities at Congress
2016 Congress Call for Session Proposals
Latest News from the SCCM eCommunity
Check out SCCM’s New NIH Grant Indexer
Autologous BMMNC Therapy and Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in children. Most of the therapies available in TBI management focus on management of intracranial pressure in a tiered fashion. Liao et al used a novel technique in TBI management, infusing autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BMMNCs). Using data obtained from a phase 1 trial published in 2011, the  authors compared the therapeutic intensity needed to prevent intracranial hypertension in 10 pediatric patients who received infusions of BMMNCs between 2006 and 2008 versus 19 control patients who were admitted with TBI between 2000 to 2008. The authors employed the Pediatric Intensity Level of Therapy (PILOT) scoring system, a validated tool used to identify therapeutic intensity.

They found that PILOT scores were significantly lower in the treatment group compared to the control group, starting at 24 hours posttreatment and lasting through the first week. Liao and colleagues should be applauded for pursuing this unconventional and novel approach to TBI management.  However, more work needs to be done—perhaps in a multicenter trial—before this therapy is applied.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into 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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On-Site Registration: Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric

On-site registration will take place Wednesday, January 21, 2015, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric course, which will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. A staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk in the Third Street Foyer beginning at 6:30 a.m. on January 21.

Learn how to perform and interpret pediatric ultrasound imaging with SCCM’s comprehensive, two-day course. 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a foundation of ultrasound knowledge
  • Practice acquisition of high-quality images via hands-on exercises
  • Demonstrate image interpretation and utilization of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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New iCritical Care Podcast Hosts

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) extends a warm welcome to our new iCritical Care podcast hosts, Ludwig H. Lin, MD, and Todd Fraser, MD. Drs. Lin and Fraser will be working alongside our current hosts, Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, and Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, both of whom have hosted dozens of insightful podcasts during their stellar tenures.

Below are the initial podcasts hosted by Drs. Lin and Fraser. You’re encouraged to check them out!

SCCM Pod-246 Interaction Between Fluids and Vasoactive Agents on Mortality in Septic Shock (Fraser)

SCCM Pod-252 44th Critical Care Congress: Creating a Healthy Work Environment Through Compassionate Care (Lin)

SCCM Pod-256 The Burden of Influenza-Associated Critical Illness Hospitalizations (Lin)

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MCCKAP Advance Registration Deadline Is Approaching

The advance registration deadline is January 28, 2015, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2015 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The exam will be administered from February 26 to March 6, 2015.

The MCCKAP online exam assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP exam helps program directors:

  • 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 national ranking

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the exam is offered exclusively online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Exam content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in exam preparation and analysis.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the test. Final results will be available approximately five weeks following the exam.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Sign-up by January 28, 2015, to take advantage of discounted registration rates.

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Join the Creative Community

Joining the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 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 serving as an SCCM volunteer by joining the Creative Community, the online committee application must be completed by logging into www.MySCCM.org and selecting the “My Involvement” tab.  Applications are due May 1, 2015. 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 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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Webcast: Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials

Registration is now open for the webcast, Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials: Strategies to Optimize Patient Outcomes, the first event in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) newly developed ICU Liberation series. In this session, Michael J. Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM, and Kenneth D. Hargett, MHA, RRT, FAARC, FCCM, will focus on the use of spontaneous awakening trials (SAT) and spontaneous breathing trials (SBT) to reduce the intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS) and to help improve ICU outcomes. Through a case study, polling questions and audience interaction, this webcast will examine team communications and offer both pharmacological perspectives and ventilator liberation strategies. Learn why protocols and quality standards are priorities and share in discussions about culture change. Teams are welcome to participate.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the role of SAT/SBT as a quality strategy in reducing ICU LOS and ventilator use
  • Discover how team communications can be improved to facilitate implementation of standardized care plans
  • Discuss the role of pharmacological weaning in achieving care plan goals to move patients from mechanical ventilation

This webcast will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series will explore resources vital in assessing, treating and preventing these conditions and tools helpful in implementing the early mobility strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences from an ICU stay.

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Care of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease

You are encouraged to check out a timely and important article entitled “Care of the Child with Ebola Virus Disease,” which appears in the February 2015 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The article provides clinicians with practical considerations for the care of children with Ebola virus disease in resource-rich settings.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine continues to actively monitor the Ebola outbreak and provide pertinent information to the critical care community. A variety of resources are available at www.sccm.org/disaster.

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Carry the Entire Congress Program in the Palm of Your Hand

Get ready for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 44th Critical Care Congress by downloading the Congress App. Point your mobile browser to www.sccm.org/ccc44app to access this handy tool. Search “SCCM” in Google Play or the iTunes store.

The Congress App offers a convenient way to access comprehensive Congress information, allowing you to:

  • Build your own custom schedule and “favorite exhibitor” list.
  • Access the Professor Walk Rounds schedule and detailed abstract descriptions.
  • Connect with friends and colleagues at the meeting via your favorite social media sites.
  • Access detailed session, speaker, business meeting, and exhibitor information from your smartphone.
  • Navigate the Phoenix Convention Center and Exhibit Hall with interactive maps.
  • Receive real-time notifications such as schedule, room or speaker changes.

Registration for Congress will be accepted on-site at the Phoenix Convention Center. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk, located in the Phoenix Convention Center on the Lower Level, outside Exhibit Hall 5-6, beginning Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.sccm.org/Congress or view the Program and Exhibition Guide.

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ICU Liberation Initiative Featured in HealthLeaders Media Article

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation initiative featured prominently in a recent HealthLeaders Media article. The efficacy and reach of the initiative, which aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation and delirium is discussed at length.

You’re encouraged to regularly visit www.ICULiberation.org to access the latest news and educational resources affiliated with the initiative, such as the inaugural webcast, Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials: Strategies to Optimize Patient Outcomes, in the newly developed ICU Liberation series.

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Extra Educational Opportunities at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 44th 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.

Promotional Symposia
These non-continuing medical education programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments, such as candidemia in the intensive care unit and rapid response and code teams.

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed off-site setting and are free to attend.

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 hours:

Sunday, January 18, 2015       9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Monday, January 19, 2015     9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015     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 within the Exhibit Hall. Increase your learning opportunities and gain insight on a late-breaking technology or clinical technique.

For full details, including information on newly added industry education workshops, visit the Congress Industry Education Web page or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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2016 Congress Call for Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by March 3, 2015, for possible inclusion in the 2016 program.

Session proposals are submitted using the Congress Session Builder, located on www.MySCCM.org under the MY INVOLVEMENT tab. You need not be an SCCM member to submit and multiple sessions may be suggested for consideration. For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The 2016 Critical Care Congress will be held February 20 to 24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA. This five-day event will bring together more than 6,000 critical care clinicians from around the world and will offer opportunities to share creative and stimulating ideas, make valuable connections and obtain inspired perspectives.

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Latest News from the SCCM eCommunity

You are encouraged to check out the latest Society of Critical Care Medicine eCommunity posts and join in on the discussion.

Data Collection and Dissemination

How does your intensive care unit go about collecting and analyzing data?

Omega-3s and Infection in the ICU

What are your thoughts on omega-3 fatty acid-supplemented enteral nutrition versus standard enteral nutrition?

Patient and Family Resources

What resources do you use in your intensive care unit to improve patient care? Add on to the list of resources provided in this post.

App for Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Report

Share your thoughts on a new app created by Robert Demers, BS, RRT, FAARC.

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Check out SCCM’s New NIH Grant Indexer

Are you curious about National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants related to critical care medicine?

If so, you are encouraged to utilize the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new NIH Grant Indexer. You can use this tool to search for NIH grants related to critical care. Users can search by subject, project title, organization, principal investigator, or project leader name.

To access this tool, you must log in with your SCCM Customer ID and password.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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