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July 16, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Study Questions the Efficacy of Therapeutic Hypothermia

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ECMO Management Course Discounted Registration Rates End Soon
Webcast to Address ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management
Early Registration Rates End Soon for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

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Last Call: Apply Now for SCCM Awards
Congress Abstract Submission Closes August 3
Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge
Grant Funding Available for Research Projects
Study Questions the Efficacy of Therapeutic Hypothermia

Therapeutic hypothermia is recommended for comatose adults after witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but there have been recent questions about its effectiveness and data about this intervention in children are limited. Moler et al recruited children older than two days and younger than 18 years of age who remained unconscious after having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with return of spontaneous circulation. The authors then randomized these patients into either a therapeutic hypothermia arm or a therapeutic normothermia arm. The primary outcome was survival at 12 months with a good neurobehavioral outcome.

In comatose children who survived out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, therapeutic hypothermia, as compared with therapeutic normothermia, did not confer a significant benefit in survival with a good functional outcome at one year.

With this study’s findings, a general lack of clarity about the efficacy of therapeutic hypothermia in general has materialized. Previously, Nielsen et al described the lack of benefit in mortality or neurologic outcomes in adult cardiac arrest patients who underwent therapeutic hypothermia compared to those patients in the therapeutic normothermia arm. Further studies will be needed to definitively judge this therapy’s overall usefulness in both the adult and pediatric population.

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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ECMO Management Course Discounted Registration Rates End Soon

Discounted registration ends Wednesday, July 29, 2015, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ECMO Management course. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs for both adult and pediatric patients during this intense two-day simulation course. Participants will rotate through lectures and simulation scenarios led by expert faculty. Each simulation group will have a maximum of 10 participants and two facilitators.

Topics include: basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different components of the ECMO circuit and diagnose equipment malfunction
  • Determine the optimal ECMO settings in diseases commonly treated by ECMO
  • Recognize and manage the most common ECMO emergencies

This course is held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and will take place August 28 and 29, 2015, at the University of Arizona Center for Simulation and Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. For more details, including hotel and travel information, visit www.sccm.org/ECMO.

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Webcast to Address ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management

Register now for the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series, An Integrated Approach to ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management.  In this webcast, Michele Balas, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, CCRN, FCCM, associate professor, Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and John Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, professor of pharmacy at Northeastern University, scientific staff and critical care pharmacist, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, will discuss the importance of routine delirium screening in the critically ill and integrated strategies to boost the use of a validated instrument, such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) or the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC). The speakers will also address frequently asked questions about delirium management, and the presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer segment.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of routine delirium screening in the ICU using the CAM-ICU or the ICDSC
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for delirium in the critically ill
  • Apply non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce the burden of delirium in the critically ill
  • Understand the limited role that medication-focused interventions have in treating delirium in the ICU

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. 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 examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences from an ICU stay.

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Early Registration Rates End Soon for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

Register by August 5, 2015, to receive the lowest registration rates for Sepsis Without Walls: Ensuring All Patients Receive Optimal, Time-Sensitive Care. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to offer this one-day interactive conference, which will be held September 25, 2015, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Early detection of sepsis, with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, may be the single most important factor in reducing the morbidity and mortality of sepsis. This conference will focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of the care unit in which they are located. Join the multiprofessional panel of leading experts who will focus on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify cutting-edge diagnostic algorithms for pathogen identification in sepsis
  • Analyze and implement sepsis pathways for patients who are not yet located in the intensive care unit
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of current infection control practices
  • Summarize effective antibiotic recommendations for common nosocomial infections

Reserve your seat by August 5, 2015, to receive the reduced rate using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates. A limited block of hotel rooms has been reserved for conference attendees and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your hotel reservation by August 18, 2015, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate.

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Last Call: Apply Now for SCCM Awards

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field in a variety of areas. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive complimentary registration to the 46th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2016.

Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award – Recognize an SCCM member who has advanced multiprofessional quality care at the regional or local level through exceptional leadership contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of chapters or affiliates.

Grenvik Family Award for Ethics – Acknowledge an SCCM member who has made significant contributions toward addressing ethical problems in critical care.

Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence – Recognize an SCCM nurse member who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice, education and/or administration in the field of critical care.

Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management – Nominate an SCCM member who has made significant contributions to the design and/or implementation of evidence-based practices that have improved clinical, operational or fiscal outcomes.

Family-Centered Care Innovation Award – Commend an ICU team that has succeeded in instituting a novel approach to compassionate care and has a desire to share that innovation with other teams.

Dharmapuri Vidyasagar Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – Recognize an individual for sustained exemplary and pioneering achievement in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.

THRIVE Innovation Award – Recognize an individual, team or center for innovation in partnership that addresses the needs of survivors of critical illness, including the family, to optimize recovery through novel paradigms of care delivery, improved coordination of care and/or the design and implementation of virtual or in-person support groups.

Safar Global Partner Award – Recognize individuals and/or institutions making material contributions to SCCM’s achievement of its international strategic priorities.

ICU Design Citation Applications Due August 15

Submit your application for the ICU Design Citation, which is co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health. The award recognizes an operating critical care unit designed with attention to both functional and humanitarian issues.

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Congress Abstract Submission Closes August 3

Submit your original investigative research and case reports and make your contribution to the advancement of critical care. Abstracts for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress will be accepted until 12 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time on Monday, August 3, 2015. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted.

If accepted, your work will be on display from February 21 to 23, 2016, and will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the number one critical care subspecialty journal. You also will benefit from:

  • Star Research Presentation Opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other continuing education/continuing medical education sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short moderated presentations of their work in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education and/or practice.

Complimentary registration is available to one author per accepted abstract. To be eligible, the individual must be listed as the primary author on the original abstract submission form and be a member of SCCM in a category other than full physician as of August 3, 2015.

Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines and available awards.

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

For more information, including details on hotel and travel reservations, visit www.sccm.org/Congress or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge

Show us what you’ve got! The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) App Challenge seeks to harness the creativity and talent of the critical care community by collecting ideas for mobile tools while also highlighting potential partnership opportunities. We want your best ideas for mobile technology that can improve the delivery of critical care and/or enhance the patient and family experience. Applications are due October 1, 2015.

The App Challenge has two submission tiers: one for ideas and concepts, the other for projects already developed or in prototype.

Tier 1 – Ideas and Concepts

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish there was an app for that,” but don’t have the expertise, resources or time to turn your idea into a reality, this is your opportunity. Submit your mobile app idea to the SCCM App Challenge.

Tier 2 – Prototype or Developed App

Tier 2 is for ideas that are in some stage of development, from a prototype to a fully functioning app.

Entries in both tiers will be evaluated on numerous criteria, including development feasibility (especially for Tier 1 submissions) and the potential impact on patient and family care and/or clinical practice.

The top two entries in each tier will receive complimentary registration to SCCM’s 45th Critical Care Congress.

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Grant Funding Available for Research Projects

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several grant opportunities for critical care professionals seeking funding for activities to improve care. SCCM member researchers may apply for funding through the following grants:

THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery
Application Deadline: September 8, 2015

Through generous funding from SCCM, the THRIVE Grant offers $50,000 to support SCCM members conducting research aimed at improving patient and family support after critical illness. Investigator-initiated research should help advance and improve our understanding of survivorship from critical illness, as well as support and improve the experience of survivors and their families. For further information, visit www.sccm.org/THRIVEGrant.

Vision Grants
Application Deadline: August 18, 2015

Through generous funding from SCCM and the SCCM-Weil Research Trust, two Vision Grants of $50,000 each are now being offered to support member researchers. Basic, translational and clinical research submissions are encouraged. For further information, please visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant, and learn about the research of last year’s recipient.

To begin the application process for these grants, log into www.My.SCCM.org. Click on the “Submit an Application for Vision Grant or THRIVE Grant” link located in the right column. You must be an SCCM member to apply for the THRIVE and Vision Grants.

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