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July 6, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Evaluating Transfusion Strategies

Education

ICU Liberation Early Registration
Nutrition Research Workshop
Earn Free CE Online

SCCM News

ICU Design Citation Award
Journal Impact Factors
Resolution on Sepsis
PBS Features ICU Liberation Team
Healthcare-Associated Infection Podcast
Evaluating Transfusion Strategies

Cancer patients are at increased risk of septic shock. Therefore, Bergamin et al set out to assess whether a restrictive strategy of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion reduces 28-day mortality when compared with a liberal strategy in cancer patients with septic shock.

They observed a survival trend favoring a liberal transfusion strategy in cancer patients with septic shock when compared with the restrictive strategy.

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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ICU Liberation Early Registration

Register by July 19, 2017, to receive the lowest rates for ICU Liberation and Animation: Operationalizing the PAD Guidelines Through the ABCDEF Bundle. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Course participants will gain strategies for effective implementation of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines during this two-day didactic and simulation conference, which is held in partnership with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Internationally-recognized faculty will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. During the course, participants will:

  • Review the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle
  • Learn strategies for implementation and management of the PAD guidelines and ABCDEF Bundle in the intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Gain a significant hands-on experience by applying strategies during patient scenario simulations
  • Earn 14 continuing medical education credit hours (available to physicians, nurses and pharmacists)

Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will then be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s ICU after the conference.

ICU Liberation and Animation will be held September 12 and 13, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. For more information including the agenda, faculty listing, and continuing education details, visit the course webpage.

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Nutrition Research Workshop

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) newly released Self-Directed Nutrition Research Workshop: From Bench to Bedside provides a flexible learning experience with access to more than 5 hours of cutting-edge content including implementation of new guidelines, pilot study results, and implications of nutrition and mobility, circadian rhythms, and lipid mediators.

This complimentary course also features:

  • Discussion of the top four novel and cutting-edge investigations in the field of critical care medicine and nutrition that are expected to have clinical impact at the bedside in the ICU
  • Review of the scientific rationale for the recent changes in the interdisciplinary national guidelines for nutrition support in critically ill adults and children
  • Description of the bedside applications of the SCCM/American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition critical care nutrition guidelines 2015-2016 for adults and children

This course is supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.

The self-directed course format allows learners to:

  • Work through the content at their own pace from the comfort and convenience of their home or office
  • Review all lectures through interactive learning modules
  • Explore questions, answers, and rationales
  • Review current guidelines and references
  • Assess their knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians are eligible to receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through May 2018.

Access this free course today.

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Earn Free CE Online

The opportunity to earn free continuing education credits is still available for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen. It is available as an electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph.

It contains discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Topics include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Journal Impact Factors

The 2016 impact factors for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) two journals, Critical Care Medicine (CCM) and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), have been released. CCM’s impact factor is now 7.050, and PCCM’s impact factor is now 3.495.

Stay up to date with these top journals in critical care by subscribing to their respective electronic table of contents (eTOC) at CCM and PCCM online. And don’t forget to follow CCM and PCCM on Twitter to stay caught on the latest journal releases, including ahead-of-print and editor’s choice articles, and the SCCM guidelines.

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ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are blindly reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to promote a healing environment
  • Safety, security and efficiency of the unit
  • Innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with two plaques. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2017.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

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Resolution on Sepsis

On May 26, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. During this assembly, delegates agreed on a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, outlining these important actions for WHO:

  • Urge governments to strengthen policies and processes related to sepsis and emphasize the importance of reinforcing health worker training to more effectively diagnose and treat sepsis
  • Develop a report on sepsis and guidance for its prevention and management
  • Help countries develop the necessary infrastructure, laboratory capacity, strategies and tools to reduce the burden of sepsis
  • Assist developing countries in gaining access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable sepsis treatments and tools for infection prevention and control

Learn more about this resolution on sepsis by visiting the WHO assembly website.

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PBS Features ICU Liberation Team

“I am very aware that I am not the same person who went into the hospital with sepsis,” said intensive care unit (ICU) survivor Paul Turpin in an interview with PBS NewsHour.

This broadcast, entitled, Why a Stay in the ICU Can Leave Patients Worse Off, shares the story of Turpin’s experience with post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and what the ICU Liberation team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and others across the country are doing to prevent and manage PICS for patients.

Learn more about SCCM’s ICU Liberation Campaign and access the pain, agitation, and delirium clinical practice guidelines by visiting http://www.iculiberation.org.

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Healthcare-Associated Infection Podcast

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a podcast series as part of its Healthcare-Associated Infection Program.

In this series of podcasts, senior leaders from the field are interviewed about their efforts to reduce the rate of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospital intensive care units with elevated rates of these infections.

Podcast 1: Why Senior Leadership Engagement Matters (Transcript)
Podcast 2: What Does It Mean to Be Engaged? (Transcript)
Podcast 3: Implementing Strategies and Tools (Transcript)

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