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January 18, 2018

Concise Critical Appraisal

Informing Patient Decisions Through Video

Education

Congress Plenary Sessions
Program Directors’ Luncheon
2019 Congress Session Proposals

SCCM News

Discovery Call for Proposals
Optimizing Critical Care with the ABCDEF Bundle
Informing Patient Decisions Through Video

Understanding the concepts associated with deciding a patient’s code status can be difficult for patients and family members. To help overcome some of the barriers to their ability to make informed code status choices, some institutions have used videos to explain these difficult concepts. Merino et al (J Hosp Med. 2017;12(9):700-704) examined the effect of a video versus usual care on code status choice.

Their study findings provide further evidence that videos can impact code status choice and that videos may be a helpful adjunct for patients who must make informed decisions.

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 Plenary Sessions

Attend thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress. Plenary sessions are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

How Critical Illness Affects the Brain . . . and Vice Versa
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FNCS, MCCM

Rethinking Mentorship
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN

Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD

Military Lessons Learned for the Modern ICU
Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS

Sepsis: A Threat That Needs a Global Solution
Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD

Bioelectronic Medicine: A Jump-Start in Critical Illness
Kevin Tracey, MD

Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them from a Global Perspective
Steve A. Webb, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACP, FCICM, FAAHMS

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Program Directors’ Luncheon

Not just for program directors! Calling all those interested in curriculum development and the training of successful critical care professionals. You are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors Luncheon, to be held Monday, February 26, 2018, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. This luncheon is designed to provide discussion of current and important issues within multiprofessional critical care postgraduate education.

Please note that the session requires advance registration and an additional fee to attend. To register, visit the Congress program page.

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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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2019 Congress Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 48th Critical Care Congress? The deadline to submit your suggestion for possible inclusion in the 2019 program is January 31, 2018.

Session proposals are submitted using the Congress Session Builder on MySCCM.org under the MY INVOLVEMENT tab. You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. 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.

Please note: The Congress Program Planning Committee reserves the right to change, alter, merge, and reject sessions, titles, content, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

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Optimizing Critical Care with the ABCDEF Bundle

In an article published in Beckers Healthcare (Kumar A, et al. 2017), a magazine geared toward health system executives, ICU Liberation Collaborative leaders highlight the ABCDEF bundle as a “newly packaged, high-yield opportunity” for institutions to optimize critical care services.

The ABCDEF care bundle elements, developed as part of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Campaign, individually and collectively can help reduce delirium, improve pain management, and reduce long-term consequences for adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

Implementing the ABCDEF bundle is one way to maximize the efficiency of care, reduce costs, improve quality and optimize the safety of care associated with ICU services. This includes post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), a health condition following critical illness characterized by post-ICU-acquired dementia and physical and psychological impairments. Stressing that administrator support is essential in implementing and sustaining the ABCDEF bundle, the authors make a strong case for healthcare leaders to become better stewards of available resources, such as those provided by the ICU Liberation initiative.

For example, within seven community hospitals in California, in a study of over 6,000 patients that adjusted for severity of illness and age, the authors found a 15% higher odds of survival for every 10% improvement in overall bundle compliance by the ICU teams. They also reported a similar increase in the number of days alive without delirium or coma (thus able to have meaningful interactions with their family and loved ones).

“While policymakers and healthcare financiers are looking to improve the value of care purchased, innovations like the ICU Liberation Collaborative provide a roadmap of not only delivering such care in a location that is well-known for its high cost of care, but also aims to decrease the sequelae of such care via reductions in the toll that PICS takes on both patients and their families,” the authors conclude.

Learn more about SCCM’s ICU Liberation Campaign and access ABCDEF bundle resources by visiting www.iculiberation.org.

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