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July 21, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Peak Lactate and Patient Outcome Following High-Risk Gastrointestinal Surgery

Education

Congress Abstract Submission Closes August 3
Obtain Free CE Credit with Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

SCCM News

Last Call: Apply Now for SCCM Awards
SCCM Releases ICU Admission, Discharge, and Triage Guidelines
CCSC Report Addresses Burnout among ICU Professionals
Memorial Service for William C. Shoemaker
Apply for the THRIVE Innovation Award
Peak Lactate and Patient Outcome Following High-Risk Gastrointestinal Surgery

The association between hyperlactatemia and adverse outcome in patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) following gastrointestinal surgery has not been reported. Creagh-Brown et al therefore set out to explore the hypothesis that in a large cohort of gastrointestinal surgical patients, the peak serum lactate (in the first 24 hours) observed in patients admitted to the ICU following surgery is associated with unadjusted and severity-adjusted acute hospital mortality and that the strength of association is greater in patients admitted following emergency surgery than in patients admitted following elective surgery.

They found that elevated lactate is independently associated with in-hospital mortality in the postoperative gastrointestinal surgical patient and is no less significant in the context of elective surgery.

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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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) 46th Critical Care Congress will be accepted until noon, Central Daylight Time, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Those whose abstracts are accepted also enjoy other benefits:

  • Star Research Award presentation opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other CE/CME sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Selected authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work moderated by a professor in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research and practice.

Complimentary registration is available to one author per accepted abstract. To be eligible, the person must be listed as the first author and be an SCCM member and non-full physician at the time of abstract submission.

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

The 2017 Critical Care Congress will be held January 21 to 25, 2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Register online for Congress using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

For information on hotel and travel information, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Obtain Free CE Credit with Activities from the 45th Critical Care Congress

Earn up to 7.5 continuing education credits by viewing any of the following complimentary webcasts and then applying for credit. The webcasts feature industry-supported sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Improving Clinical Outcomes & Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.

Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each webcast. This opportunity is available through April 2017.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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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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SCCM Releases ICU Admission, Discharge, and Triage Guidelines

The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing ICU admission, discharge, and triage.

Titled “ICU Admission, Discharge, and Triage Guidelines: A Framework to Enhance Clinical Operations, Development of Institutional Policies, and Further Research,” the material was published in the August 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

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CCSC Report Addresses Burnout among ICU Professionals

The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) has published a report on burnout syndrome that gives critical care healthcare professionals guidance on mitigating the development of burnout syndrome and calls for initiating research to examine ways to prevent as well as treat burnout syndrome.

After you have read the report, join the conversation on Twitter using #StopICUBurnout.

Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. This exhaustion is typically work-related and is triggered by discrepancies between the expectations and the actual requirements of the job. Burnout syndrome has become a common worldwide phenomenon, especially among members of high-stress professions, such as firefighters, police officers, teachers and all types of health care professionals. As it stands, critical care healthcare professionals have one of the highest rates of burnout syndrome, with nearly half of the workforce exhibiting symptoms.

You are encouraged to read this Critical Connections article that delineates the nuances of ICU burnout.

The CCSC consists of four major U.S. professional and scientific societies with an interest in critical care, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

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Memorial Service for William C. Shoemaker

The memorial service for William C. Shoemaker, MD, MCCM, a founding father of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and its third president, will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Aresty Auditorium at the Keck School of Medicine USC (1450 Biggy Street, Los Angeles, California).

Dr. Shoemaker was a key voice in the effort to have critical care considered a specialized area of medicine, and was a staunch believer that optimal critical care should be delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Today, the robust state of critical care and of the Society is due in large part to his trailblazing efforts.

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Apply for the THRIVE Innovation Award

If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to apply for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) THRIVE Innovation Award.

This award recognizes an individual, team or center for innovation that addresses the needs of survivors of critical illness, including the family, with the goal of optimizing recovery. This may be through novel paradigms of care delivery, improved coordination of care, or the design and implementation of virtual or in-person support groups.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016. If you have any questions regarding this award or the application process, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews at aandrews@sccm.org.

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