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June 1, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Sevoflurane for Sedation

Education

Virtual Rounds Podcast Series

SCCM News

Hemodynamic Support Guidelines
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Survey
Physician Preparedness Survey
Call for Award Nominations
Sevoflurane for Sedation

Sevoflurane improves gas exchange, and reduces alveolar edema and inflammation in preclinical studies of lung injury, but its therapeutic effects have never been investigated in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Jabaudon et al set out to assess whether sevoflurane would improve gas exchange and inflammation in ARDS.

They found that in patients with ARDS, use of inhaled sevoflurane improved oxygenation and decreased levels of a marker of epithelial injury and of some inflammatory markers, compared with midazolam.

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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Virtual Rounds Podcast Series

The iCritical Care Podcasts have launched a new podcast series, Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR), aimed at addressing the most challenging aspects of intensive care unit fellowship and residency.

Check out the latest episodes and subscribe via iTunes or Google Play. If you like what you hear, be sure to leave a rating.

Check out our latest episodes and follow #VCCRounds for regular updates. This series complements the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s VCCR online education program, which is designed to better prepare students, residents and fellows to contribute to the diagnosis and management of the critically ill patient during their intensive care unit rounds.

SCCM Pod-VCCR1 Treatment Approaches for ACE Inhibitor-Induced Angioedema
SCCM Pod-VCCR2 New Onset Atrial Fibrillation in Septic Shock
SCCM Pod-VCCR3 Activated Charcoal in the Overdose Patient
SCCM Pod-VCCR4 Common Sedatives and Paralytics for Rapid Sequence Intubation
SCCM Pod-VCCR5 Rumack-Matthew Nomogram and Acetaminophen Toxicity
SCCM Pod-VCCR6 Vasopressor Selection in Septic Shock

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Hemodynamic Support Guidelines

The American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) recently released guidelines addressing hemodynamic support of pediatric and neonatal septic shock.

Titled “American College of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Practice Parameters for Hemodynamic Support of Pediatric and Neonatal Septic Shock,” the material was published in the June 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

This update of the 2007 ACCM guidelines is available for free download and includes major new recommendations such as the need to address hemodynamic support of septic shock at the institutional level.

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Patient- and Family-Centered Care Survey

The World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) is launching an initiative to solicit exemplars from national scientific societies on the types of patient- and family-centered care/engagement practices being implemented worldwide. A growing number of studies are addressing patient-centered care and strategies to engage family members to promote best outcomes for critically ill patients. However, the degree to which these practices are being implemented worldwide is not known.

The survey “Patient and Family Centered Care in the ICU: Worldwide Exemplars” is being launched to obtain information on a global scale. The information provided will be useful to inform the global critical care community of current initiatives and strategies, and potential barriers to implementing patient-centered outcomes research and family-centered care/engagement to enhance intensive care unit care delivery.

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Physician Preparedness Survey

Society of Critical Care Medicine member physicians are encouraged to take a brief survey on physician preparedness for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). This survey is being sponsored by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to gather information from physicians on their plans to participate in these incentive programs.

This survey will remain open for the next few weeks. This is a short survey that will take less than five minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for your participation.

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Call for Award Nominations

Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? The Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care is seeking to honor programs that can serve as models for other healthcare organizations working to embed palliative and end-of-life care in a variety of care settings.

The Circle of Life Awards recognize models that improve access and care delivery for palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, healthcare systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. Top honors will go to up to three programs or organizations.

Learn more about this award from past honorees and by visiting the Circle of Life Award website.

Applications for the 2018 award are due August 14, 2017, and are now available at www.aha.org/circleoflife. For any questions, please contact circleoflife@aha.org.

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