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July 7, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Delirium and the Efficacy of Dexmedetomidine

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Register On Site for Critical Care Ultrasound Courses
Register Today for Live Board Review Course
Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award
ECMO Management Early Registration Deadline is Next Week

SCCM News

Memorial Service for William C. Shoemaker
Multistate Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Infections
Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts
Delirium and the Efficacy of Dexmedetomidine

Some contend that effective therapy has not been established for patients with agitated delirium receiving mechanical ventilation. Therefore, Reade et al set out to determine the effectiveness of dexmedetomidine when added to standard care in patients with agitated delirium receiving mechanical ventilation.

They found that among patients with agitated delirium receiving mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit, the addition of dexmedetomidine to standard care (compared with standard care alone [placebo]) resulted in more ventilator-free hours at seven days.

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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Register On Site for Critical Care Ultrasound Courses

Register on site for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular Critical Care Ultrasound courses. This year, the ultrasound courses will be held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. On-site registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. on July 16, in the Artist Foyer, where a staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk.

The registration fee for this course includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. The text covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations. Full-color images and online video are also included.

Critical Care Ultrasound and Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric will be held on July 16 and 17, 2016, and are intended for those looking to obtain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. During these two-day courses, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations, featuring live models and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant.

Attend Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric on July 18, 2016, to expand upon your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge and focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient. Participants of these one-day courses are provided with important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient.

This year, the ultrasound courses will be held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Complimentary shuttle transportation is available to and from O’Hare International Airport and other nearby destinations.

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

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Register Today for Live Board Review Course

There’s still time to register for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult and Pediatric Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review courses (MCCBRC). Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Registration will also be accepted on site at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel during registration hours:

Adult MCCBRC

Monday, July 18 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 –  6:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20 – 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 21 – 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 22 – 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 – 6:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pediatric MCCBRC

Monday, July 18 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 – 7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20 – 7:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 21 – 7:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Friday, July 22 –  7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 – 7:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Receive 4.5 days of expert guidance on the core areas of critical care medicine led by expert faculty. Whether you need to certify, recertify, or simply review, these courses provide an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Both the Adult and Pediatric board review courses include interactive board preparation sessions using audience response technology and feature practice questions, answers and rationales. Participants benefit by fulfilling continuing medical education requirements and gaining accurate assessments of their knowledge in critical care.

The 2016 board review courses will be held in a new location: the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Rosemont offers the convenience and amenities of downtown Chicago but at a lower price, and it’s just minutes from O’Hare International Airport. Complimentary shuttle transportation is available to and from O’Hare International Airport and other nearby destinations. The courses will be held July 19 to 23, 2016. Check out the adult or pediatric course online for details, including the agenda, faculty and hotel and travel information.

Can’t make it to the live event? SCCM offers a comprehensive line of board prep and review products that can be customized to your goals, schedule and learning style. For more information, visit www.sccm.org/adultboardreview or www.sccm.org/pediatricboardreview.

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Apply for the 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 2016.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2016.

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ECMO Management Early Registration Deadline is Next Week

The early registration deadline for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ECMO Management course is Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Led by expert faculty and held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, this intense two-day simulation course will explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs for both adult and pediatric patients. Participants will rotate through lectures and simulation scenarios. Each simulation group will have a maximum ratio of six participants to one facilitator.

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 will be held September 29 and 30, 2016, 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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Multistate Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing to monitor and investigate a multistate outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia infections. The CDC has a dedicated webpage to keep healthcare providers informed of the latest developments.

Any questions regarding this outbreak can be directed to the CDC at haioutbreak@cdc.gov.

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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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Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you haven’t checked out our iCritical Care podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at www.sccm.org/iCriticalCare.

SCCM Pod-322 Disaster and Mass Casualty Response Strategies

SCCM Pod-321 Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Adult Critically Ill Patient

SCCM Pod-320 Impact of Sepsis Classification and Multidrug-Resistance Status on Outcome Among Patients Treated With Appropriate Therapy

SCCM Pod-319 Learning from Others: What We Can All Take from the Pediatrics Experience

SCCM Pod-318 A Multicenter Evaluation of Prolonged Empiric Antibiotic Therapy in Adult ICUs in the U.S.

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