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July 18, 2013

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Does Sodium Bicarbonate Prevent Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery?


Optimize Antibiotic Timing and Dosing for Sepsis
Arrive Early for Pre-Congress Educational Sessions


Journals Rank High Among Critical Care Resources
SCCM Awards Recognize Dedication to Critical Care
Does Sodium Bicarbonate Prevent Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery?

Up to 50% of all patients requiring cardiopulmonary bypass during cardiac surgery develop acute renal failure, with less than 5% requiring renal replacement therapy. Consequently, post-cardiac surgery acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In the July Critical Care Medicine, McGuinness and colleagues designed a multicenter Phase IIb trial to test the hypothesis that a perioperative infusion of sodium bicarbonate might attenuate AKI in cardiac surgery patients. Read more…

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Journals Rank High Among Critical Care Resources

PCCM CCMThe Society of Critical Care Medicine extends its congratulations and thanks to Critical Care Medicine editor-in-chief Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, MCCM, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine editor Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM, as well as to the editorial boards and staff involved in both journals on maintaining their standings among critical care journals. CCM received a 2012 impact factor of 6.124 and an immediacy index of 2.614, maintaining its position as the premier peer-reviewed journal in critical care medicine. PCCM received a 2012 impact factor of 2.354, with an immediacy index (an indicator of how quickly articles are cited) of 1.093 (an increase compared with last year’s 0.937), it now ranks 26th among pediatric journals and 14th among all critical care journals.

Read the Journals on Your iPad

Read CCM and PCCM whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. Both journal iPad apps offer a print-like reading experience plus article-sharing features, website links and more. Search “Critical Care Medicine” or “Pediatric Critical Care Medicine” in the iTunes store.

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SCCM Awards Recognize Dedication to Critical Care

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 a complimentary registration to the 43rd Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2013.

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 and/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 intensive care unit team that has succeeded in instituting a novel approach to compassionate care and has a desire to share that innovation with other teams.

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 on Architecture for Health. The award recognizes an operating critical care unit designed with attention to both functional and humanitarian issues.

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Optimize Antibiotic Timing and Dosing for Sepsis

Studies have demonstrated that timely administration of appropriate antibiotics reduces mortality in patients with severe sepsis. Proper selection of antibiotics that provide broad coverage and adequate dosing to achieve therapeutic concentrations are essential to positive outcomes. A team-based approach to protocol-initiated antibiotics, including a representative from pharmacy, can optimize time-to-antibiotic and appropriate selection and dosing, thereby improving patient care.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage, will take place on August 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, will provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal impact from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients. At the conclusion of this webcast, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize literature that supports appropriate choice and timing of antibiotics in sepsis
  • Using a patient case, develop an antimicrobial dosing regimen to achieve early and optimal exposure to appropriate antimicrobial agents
  • Recognize patient factors that may affect antibiotic dosing for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock

This event, part of SCCM’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. This webcast was developed in collaboration with the SCCM Pharmacy Section. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.

Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. No CME is available. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Arrive Early for Pre-Congress Educational Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you well-informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care. Each year the Pre-Congress educational sessions reflect the most up-to-date topics and evidence-based information so you can incorporate the latest clinical treatments and administrative strategies into your everyday practice. Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choices.

Pre-Congress educational sessions will be offered on Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9, 2014. Choose from the following:

  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care

Postgraduate courses will explore the following topics:

  • Case-Based Pearls in Neurocritical Care
  • Fundamentals of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • ICU Management Paradigms for the 21st Century
  • Less Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Optimizing Mechanical Ventilation: Sharing Data Between Adult and Pediatric Patients
  • Veterinary Respiratory Diagnostics and Therapeutics

SCCM’s 43rd Critical Care Congress will be held January 9 to 13, 2014, at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco, California, USA. The Society’s annual Congress is the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year and the “City by the Bay” is the ideal setting to combine creative and inspirational ideas for the critical care field.

Register online today with your username (INSERT_CUSTOM02) and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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