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January 4, 2018

Concise Critical Appraisal

Prehospital Antibiotics for Sepsis

Education

Congress Discounted Registration Ends
Pediatric and Neonatal Ultrasound Course
2018 MCCKAP Reduced Registration Rates

SCCM News

Translations of Sepsis Guidelines
CDC Reports Seasonal Influenza Activity Increase
Congress Attendee Travel Alert
Prehospital Antibiotics for Sepsis

Due to the high prevalence, morbidity, and mortality of sepsis, its early recognition and treatment has become a target for research and quality improvement over the past decade. Timely administration of antibiotics presumably improves outcomes. Therefore, Alam et al (Lancet Respir Med. 2017. [Epub ahead of print]) set out to identify whether diagnosis of sepsis and administration of antibiotics in the prehospital setting has an impact on survival.

Their study findings determined that they cannot recommend the initiation of antibiotics in septic patients in the prehospital setting.

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 Discounted Registration Ends

Register by Wednesday, January 17, 2018, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress and save up to $85 off the registration fee.

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

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. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by January 26, 2018.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Please note: Registration and housing for the 2018 Congress are handled exclusively by SCCM and Orchid Events. Housing reservations should be made only through the 2018 SCCM Congress website. If you are contacted by anyone besides SCCM promoting registration and/or housing for Congress, please contact SCCM Customer Service.

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Pediatric and Neonatal Ultrasound Course

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal course, which will take place February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Limited seats remain.

During this course, participants 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

Seats are filling fast for this popular course, which will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend the ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend the ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration page.

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2018 MCCKAP Reduced Registration Rates

Reduced registration rates are ending soon for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). Save $50 when you register by January 10, 2018.

The MCCKAP examination will be administered online from March 6 to 13, 2018, and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

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

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare 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 or it can 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 test. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Register by January 10, 2018, to save on registration.

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Translations of Sepsis Guidelines

In its effort to reduce mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released translations of its guidelines in several languages:

Titled “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016,” the guidelines were originally published in the March 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Access the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines online and download the translations for free.

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CDC Reports Seasonal Influenza Activity Increase

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent FluView Activity Update, seasonal influenza activity has increased sharply in the United States, with 36 states now reporting widespread flu activity.

While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness. The CDC recommends the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Visit the CDC’s current FluView and FluView Interactive for more information.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine also has numerous resources related to influenza at www.sccm.org/disaster.

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Congress Attendee Travel Alert

Starting on January 22, 2018, some U.S. travelers will need an alternative form of ID for domestic air travel, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The changes are connected with new identification standards required by the REAL ID Act, which requires U.S. travelers to have a driver’s license that meets federal standards—or an alternative form of identification—for domestic flights.

All U.S. Congress attendees who will be flying to San Antonio should check with the TSA to see whether their state is compliant with the new domestic travel requirements. Travelers from states that are compliant may use their driver’s licenses or state IDs.

The TSA has confirmed that U.S. travelers may use alternative forms of identification, such as U.S. passports, military IDs, or permanent resident cards.

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