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June 15, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Sepsis and Therapeutic Interventions


Critical Care Review Course
Ultrasound Reduced Rates Ending
Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult
Study Mission to Cuba


Research Grants
Apply for Awards
Sepsis and Therapeutic Interventions

The global burden of sepsis is substantial. Therefore, in a retrospective before-after clinical study, Marik et al compared the outcome and clinical course of consecutive septic patients treated with intravenous vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine during a seven-month period (treatment group) at an intensive care unit (ICU) at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital compared to a control group treated (without intravenous vitamin C or thiamine) during the preceding seven months at the same ICU. The primary outcome was hospital survival.

The study’s results suggest that the early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine, may prove to be effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction and in reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

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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Critical Care Review Course

Registration discounts end Wednesday, June 28, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Led by co-chairs Pamela A. Lipsett, MC, MHPE, MCCM, and Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FCCM, the 2017 MCCRC: Adult will provide the most comprehensive review and update of the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

Course highlights include:

  • Modular course content, allowing for single or multiday registration to meet comprehensive or specific learning needs
  • Accurate assessments of your knowledge in critical care
  • Interactive sessions that utilize audience response technology and practice questions, answers and rationales
  • World-class faculty that provide the most up-to-date information in critical care across all healthcare professions
  • Cutting-edge topics such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, choice of vasopressor in shock states, renal replacement therapy techniques, environmental injuries, emerging infections, and delirium
  • Online access to practice questions and post-course audio recordings of the lectures

The course will be held July 25 to 29, 2017, at 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.

For more information including the agenda, faculty listing, and continuing education details, visit the course webpage.

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Ultrasound Reduced Rates Ending

Reduced registration rates end July 5, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) summer Critical Care Ultrasound courses.  Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. All courses will take place at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

The two-day courses, Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal, will take place on July 30 and 31, 2017.

These courses provide the ability to:

  • Immediately integrate learned skills into your clinical practice
  • Increase your diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Learn from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Experience high-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more
  • Receive a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one learner-to-faculty ratio

Following these courses on August 1, 2017, is the one-day Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course, which provides an opportunity to expand your echocardiographic skills and knowledge. Participants will:

  • Focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient
  • Gain hands-on experience with faculty-assisted skill stations including, new in 2017, transesophageal echocardiography
  • Learn important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient

All courses offer continuing medical education credit hours to physicians, nurses, and physician assistants. Register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult, Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult

Review the full scope of critical care topics with Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult. The most complete critical care textbook in adult practice, this resource includes dozens of charts and tables to aid studying, as well as copious references to guide further reading.

Developed by leading experts in critical care, this comprehensive textbook covers 10 topic areas, including:

  • Neurologic Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Respiratory Critical Care
  • Critical Care Infectious Disease
  • Hepatic, Gastrointestinal and Hematologic/Oncologic Disease in the ICU
  • Renal and Metabolic Disorders in the ICU
  • Environmental and Toxicologic Injury
  • Pharmacologic Issues in the ICU
  • Surgical and Obstetrical Critical Care
  • Administrative and Ethical Issues in the Critically Ill

Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult is available in print and electronic formats. Visit the SCCM store to get your copy.

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Study Mission to Cuba

Reserve your spot today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to Cuba, which is scheduled for December 4 to 9, 2017. Space is limited and filling up fast. The deadline to register is August 1, 2017.

The Study Mission to Cuba will offer participants a unique opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture and engage with fellow Cuban medical professionals while learning about the challenges and advances of medicine in Cuba. Participants will gain firsthand experience and knowledge on the inner workings of healthcare in this country, and attend meetings and meaningful site visits each day.

Topics to be covered include:

  • organizational structure and healthcare delivery systems of various critical care units in Cuba
  • quality processes and how change is implemented to improve patient care
  • cultural differences for patients and families faced with end-of-life decisions
  • resource limitations in caring for critically ill patients
  • and more

Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses.

Following the study mission is an optional Excursion to Matanzas, from December 9 to 12, 2017. During this excursion, participants will discover local architecture, learn from artisans skilled in ceramics and the creation of hand crafted books, visit the Elian Gonzalez Museum and Castle of San Severino, and much more.

For complete details, please visit the event webpage. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Research Grants

Applications are now being accepted for investigator-initiated research focused on improving patient care both during and after an intensive care unit stay. SCCM member researchers should apply by August 1, 2017, to be considered for grant support in 2018.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several funding opportunities through the SCCM Research Grants for critical care professionals seeking support for their research that helps advance and improve clinician understanding of critical illness and patient care.

Funding will be provided by the following grants:

  • SCCM-Weil Research Grants, including up to two grants of $50,000 each
  • Discovery Research Grants, for a total of $100,000

To begin the application process for a grant, log in to, and click on “Submit an application for SCCM Research Grants” located in the right column.

Help spread the word and make sure to share these opportunities with your colleagues. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for the SCCM Research Grants.

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

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Apply for 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 47th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2017.

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.

Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri 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.

ICU Heroes Award – Acknowledge a heroic ICU patient, their respective family members and the multiprofessional ICU team that delivered the care.

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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