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January 7, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

VTE Incidence in Patients with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock

Education

Register for Webcast on Preventing Surgical Fires
Advance Registration for Congress Ends January 13
Webcast to Review ICU cEEG Programs
Attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric Course in February
SCCM and A.S.P.E.N. Collaborative Research Workshop

SCCM News

Mark Your Calendar for CPP Section Journal Club Webcast
Check out Great Resource for Patient Safety News and Research
VTE Incidence in Patients with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock

Prospective studies on the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during severe sepsis and septic shock remain absent, hindering efficacy assessments regarding VTE prevention strategies in sepsis. Kaplan et al prospectively evaluated the incidence of VTE in 113 patients from three different academic medical center intensive care units (ICUs) admitted with severe sepsis or septic shock.

They identified a high incidence of VTE in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, despite the use of universal, guideline-recommended thromboprophylaxis.

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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Register for Webcast on Preventing Surgical Fires

Register for the upcoming webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Project Dispatch series, Surgical Fires are Preventable Medical Errors.  Held in collaboration with the Surgery Section’s Patient Safety Committee, this is the third and final session from the unique series titled “Patient Safety During Bedside Procedures in the ICU,” and is organized and moderated by Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee Co-Chair Roy Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM, Assistant Director of Mid-Level Practitioners at St. Francis Hospital – The Heart Center. Registration is complimentary.

Although preventable, hundreds of surgical fires still occur in the United States each year. During this webcast, Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP, Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, will discuss improving the surgical team’s ability to classify, assess, prevent and manage the risk of fires. The implementation of tools and practices to reinforce this safety culture will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify elements of the fire triangle
  • Assess high fire risk in ICU practice
  • Implement fire risk safety initiatives

This 60-minute webcast will take place Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Project Dispatch aims to improve the quality, efficacy, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered research. This project is supported by grant number R18HS21940 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of AHRQ.

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Advance Registration for Congress Ends January 13

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, is the last day to take advantage of advance registration discounts for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress, to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, February 20 to 24, 2016.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. In addition, discounted hotel rates end January 15, 2016; make your hotel reservation online today!

Build your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community at this five-day event. When the right people come together in one place, ideas become reality.

Pre-Congress Educational Sessions
Enhance your experience with a precourse. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on a variety of critical care topics.

This year’s courses include:

  • Adult Airway Management in the Critically Ill
  • Advanced Practice Providers in the ICU: Finances and Productivity
  • Advances in Veterinary Critical Care
  • Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  • Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • Fundamentals Faculty Academy
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring: From Cardiovascular Physiology to Applied Intensive Care Medicine
  • Mechanical Ventilation: Strategies and Implementation

For more information on Congress and to view the advance program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Webcast to Review ICU cEEG Programs

Review the evidence and rationale for continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) in the intensive care unit (ICU) during the webcast Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU, the latest offering from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series.

Jan Claassen, MD, PhD, and Eva Ritzl, MD, will discuss the importance of cEEG in assisting with diagnosis and management of critically ill patients and will review current recommendations and indications for cEEG in the ICU beyond neurologic injury. Key aspects, logistics, expert opinions, and obstacles of implementing a successful cEEG program in the ICU will be explored.

This webcast will take place Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). For institutions seeking unlimited participation at a single location, a $200 group rate is available. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 for details.

This webcast is part of SCCM’s Controversies in Critical Care series and was developed in collaboration with the Neuroscience Section. The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence is available to guide practice decisions.

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Attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric Course in February

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 pediatric patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care ultrasound skills.

Attend the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric course and gain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. You will 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. This course will be held February 19 and 20, 2016, prior to the 45th Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric and not attend Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Ultrasound. If you have already registered for Congress and would like to attend this course, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to have it added to your existing registration.

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SCCM and A.S.P.E.N. Collaborative Research Workshop

Join the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) for their collaborative educational program, Research Workshop – Fat Emulsions and Protein Delivery to the Critically Ill Patient. This workshop is a precourse to A.S.P.E.N.’s Clinical Nutrition Week and will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Austin, Texas, USA.

Morning Session: The Use of New and Traditional IV Fat Emulsions in the Critically Ill Patient Population

The morning session will:

  • Focus on metabolomics/lipidomics as a new biomarker discovery science for personalized medicine in the intensive care unit
  • Explore the impact of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on specialized lipid mediators and inflammation
  • Review the published clinical and metabolic data on low-soy-based fat emulsions versus the longstanding soybean-oil-based emulsions
  • Examine the impact of different lipid emulsions on cellular structure and function
  • Examine the data behind existing guidelines for administration of fat emulsions in critical care

Afternoon Session: The Optimal Dose of Protein Provided to Critically Ill Patients: How Do We Know When Enough Is Enough?

The afternoon session will:

  • Review current literature relating to protein/amino acid administration in the critically ill patient and clinical outcomes
  • Discuss key measurement and methodological features of future studies that should be done to inform the optimal protein/amino acid dose provided to critically ill patients

Registration is handled by A.S.P.E.N. and can be completed online or by phone at +1 301 587-6315 (toll-free: +1 800 727-4567). Participants are eligible to receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. For more information, including a list of faculty and topics, visit the course webpage.

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Mark Your Calendar for CPP Section Journal Club Webcast

Each month, the Society of Critical Care Medicine holds a Journal Club Webcast hosted by the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology (CPP) Section. Resident pharmacists are invited to present on leading journal articles related to critical care. These complimentary Journal Club Webcasts are held on the third Friday of each month. Mark your calendar and join your colleagues for the next event.

Journal Club Webcast
Friday, January 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

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Check out Great Resource for Patient Safety News and Research

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has merged AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) and AHRQ WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) to provide a one-stop shop for patient safety news, research and expert commentary. PSNet now combines all the features of and content from both sites, including PSNet weekly updates, WebM&M Cases and Commentaries, Perspectives on Safety, Patient Safety Primers, and more.

The new site is easy to browse on your tablet or mobile device. PSNet provides powerful searching and browsing capability, and users can choose to customize the site around their interests. To learn more, visit psnet.ahrq.gov.

PSNet publishes weekly updates on patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings. Perspectives on Safety and WebM&M Cases and Commentaries are published monthly. WebM&M Cases feature expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by readers, and continuing education credit is available for Spotlight Cases. The Perspectives on Safety section features expert viewpoints (including podcasts) on current themes in patient safety.

Previous and new WebM&M content can be accessed directly through the WebM&M Cases and Perspectives navigation links from the main menu on the PSNet home page. To read WebM&M Cases, visit psnet.ahrq.gov/webmm.

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