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January 5, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Airway Driving Pressure and Lung Stress in ARDS Patients


Discounted Registration for 2017 MCCKAP Examination Ending Soon
Few Seats Remain for January Pediatric Ultrasound Course


Carry the Entire Congress Program in the Palm of Your Hand
Participate in Industry Education at Congress
Critical Connections Live Broadcast from Congress
Airway Driving Pressure and Lung Stress in ARDS Patients

Since the first description of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in the 1960s, numerous studies have sought the optimal tidal volume, positive end-expiratory pressure, plateau pressure, and inspired fraction of oxygen to reduce ventilator-induced lung injury. Chiumello et al set out to evaluate if airway driving pressure could accurately predict lung stress in ARDS patients.

They found that airway driving pressure can detect lung overstress with an acceptable accuracy.

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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Discounted Registration for 2017 MCCKAP Examination Ending Soon

Register by January 11, 2017, to receive the discounted rate on registration for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2017 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from February 28 to March 7, 2017.

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the examination is offered exclusively online 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.

The MCCKAP online examination assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP examination 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

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the test. Final results will be available through the program director’s MySCCM account approximately five weeks following the examination.

Receive the discounted rate when you register by January 11, 2017. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Few Seats Remain for January Pediatric Ultrasound Course

Just a few seats remain for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric course, which will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on January 25 and 26, 2017, following SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress.

If you wish to attend the ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register online for Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend the ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at

Participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points.

Benefits of the ultrasound course include:

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice.
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency.
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses.
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures.
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one faculty-to-learner ratio.

Registration for the course includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. The text covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations.

Registration for Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult has sold out. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the wait list, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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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) 46th Critical Care Congress by downloading the Congress App.

  • Access the most current listings of the sessions, business meetings, abstracts, research snapshot theaters, and more.
  • Check in to your attended sessions to expedite claiming continuing education credit.
  • Build your own schedule.
  • View faculty disclosures.
  • Connect with colleagues.
  • Access floor plans.

The Congress App is sponsored by Sage Therapeutics and is available within the SCCM App. Download the SCCM App and navigate to the SCCM Events icon.

Log in to get the most out of the Congress App. To log in, use your confirmation code, which is your SCCM Customer ID.

Apps designed specifically for the iPhone, iPad and Android are available now! Search “SCCM” in Google Play or the iTunes store. You can also download the SCCM App at

All of SCCM’s resources are in one central location with the SCCM App! The SCCM App provides access to the 46th Critical Care Congress App, the new Critical Care Quiz, Surviving Sepsis Campaign App, iCritical Care episodes, SCCM Member Directory, Guidelines, News, Career Central, and much more!

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. The 2017 Congress curriculum will be packed with world-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, stimulating educational sessions, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

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Participate in Industry Education at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th 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 super-refractory status epilepticus, resistant gram-negative organisms, perioperative nutrition, and catecholamine-resistant hypotension.

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, January 22, 2017 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, January 23, 2017 – 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 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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Critical Connections Live Broadcast from Congress

Can’t come to this year’s Critical Care Congress? View live sessions, interactive interviews and highlights at Critical Connections Live. Tune in Monday, January 23, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) (see more time zones). Join us at and follow the hashtag #SCCMLive.

To receive a reminder to tune in, please provide your contact information.

Critical Connections Live Program Schedule

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Congress highlights and interviews with key members of the critical care community, SCCM leaders and attendees.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST
Hot Topics and Late-Breaking Science: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Intensive Care Unit: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues
A pro/con debate and panel discussion with Jan Bakker, MD, PhD, FCCP, and E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM, featuring their late-breaking article to be released at Congress in Critical Care Medicine just before the session.

Live Post-Session Discussion Panelist #SCCMLive
Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM
Professor of Medicine
Division Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Brown University School of Medicine
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Congress highlights and interviews featuring key sessions from Sunday’s opening session, including:

  • 2017 Presidential Address by Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN-CS, PhD, FCCM
  • Plenary session: “Fallen”: A Transdisciplinary Tale of Disturbance and Recovery, by Nalini Nadkarni, PhD

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. EST
International Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016
Laura E. Evans, MD, FCCM, Andrew Rhodes, FRCP, FRCA, FFICM, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, review the methodology and what’s new in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines, to be released at Congress in Critical Care Medicine just before the session.

Live Post-Session Discussion Panelists #SCCMLive
Lauren Epstein, MD
Medical Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM
Chairman/Chief, Department of Medicine
Senior Critical Care Attending Physician
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, New Jersey, USA

Live from Congress Hosts
Richard H. Savel, MD, FCCM
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Neurology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, New York, USA

Christopher L. Carroll, MD, MS, FCCM
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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Register for an Industry Education Workshop