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June 16, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Use of High-Flow Oxygen Therapy in Low-Risk Postextubation Patients

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Registration Now Open for the 46th Critical Care Congress
No Cost, Online CE Activity on Acute Kidney Injury

SCCM News

Participate in Journal Club Twitter Chat on Sepsis Definitions
Last Call: Apply Now for SCCM Awards
SCCM Releases Bedside Cardiac Ultrasound Guidelines
Application Deadline Tomorrow for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding
Apply for the THRIVE Innovation Award
Use of High-Flow Oxygen Therapy in Low-Risk Postextubation Patients

Studies of mechanically ventilated critically ill patients that combine populations that are at high and low risk for reintubation suggest that conditioned high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy after extubation improves oxygenation compared with conventional oxygen therapy. However, conclusive data about reintubation are lacking. Therefore, Hernández et al set out to determine whether high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy is superior to conventional oxygen therapy for preventing reintubation in mechanically ventilated patients at low risk for reintubation.

They found that among extubated patients at low risk for reintubation, the use of high-flow nasal cannula oxygen compared with conventional oxygen therapy reduced the risk of reintubation within 72 hours.

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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Registration Now Open for the 46th Critical Care Congress

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress, to be held January 21 to 25, 2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Join us at the Society’s annual Congress, which will bring together more than 6,000 members of the critical care community to collaborate and explore new tools, technologies and processes. The 2017 Congress will feature internationally renowned faculty and content sessions highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine.

Register early and save! Register by November 16, 2016, and save over 15% off the Congress full rate tuition. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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No Cost, Online CE Activity on Acute Kidney Injury

Experience the educational content from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment, from the comfort of your home or office. This session was supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc. Expert faculty discuss the pathophysiology, etiology and epidemiology of acute kidney injury (AKI). Risk stratification scores, first-generation AKI markers and new markers of AKI and risk assessment are examined.

This complimentary product includes videos containing slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio of the session, as well as pre- and posttests. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. This opportunity is available through April 2017.

Other Online CE Available
Whether you missed SCCM’s 2016 Critical Care Congress or couldn’t make it to all the sessions you were interested in, you can still experience several of the industry-supported sessions online. Earn free CE credits by viewing any of the following webcasts and then applying for credit:

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

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

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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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Participate in Journal Club Twitter Chat on Sepsis Definitions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Social Media Task Force will host a Journal Club Twitter chat regarding the new sepsis definitions on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Special guest, SCCM President Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM, will be on hand as SCCM Social Media Task Force member Mary E. Lough, CCRN, CNS, PhD, RN, moderates.

Clifford S. Deutschman, MS, MD, FCCM, a lead author of the article, The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3), and Manu Shankar-Hari, MD, MSc, also an author on Sepsis-3, will discuss and take questions via Twitter about the article. Released in February by the Journal of the American Medical Association, this popular article has been viewed more than 1 million times, making it one of the top 5% research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.

Dr. Shankar-Hari also offers insight into the processes of the Sepsis Definitions Task Force in Developing a New Definition and Assessing New Clinical Criteria for Septic Shock, of which he is the lead author.

These thought leaders will offer highlights for understanding Sepsis-3 and related clinical assessment, take questions via Twitter related to the material and offer additional resources. We expect robust discussion about the impact of Sepsis-3, items of clarification and thoughtful questions from the audience.

Come prepared with relevant questions and make sure to use #SCCMJC and #SepsisRedefined in your tweets.

What is a Twitter chat?
A Twitter chat is a live event on Twitter, moderated and focused around a general topic. To filter all the chatter on Twitter into a single conversation, a hashtag is used. A set time is also established.

Find your chat leaders.

– Follow these sepsis thought leaders on Twitter: @CDMD62 (Dr. Deutschman) and @msh_manu (Dr. Shankar-Hari)

– Follow these key contributors on Twitter: @SCCMPresident (Dr. Dorman) and @maryloughPhD_RN (Dr. Lough)

– Follow these organizations that will offer key content: @SCCM (Society of Critical Care Medicine) and @ESICM (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine)

How do you participate?
To participate, all you need to do is tweet during the designated time using the conversation hashtags #SCCMJC and #SepsisRedefined. It’s easiest to follow and participate at www.twubs.com/SCCMJC.

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SCCM Releases Bedside Cardiac Ultrasound Guidelines

The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing bedside cardiac ultrasound.

Titled “Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Bedside General and Cardiac Ultrasonography in the Evaluation of Critically Ill Patients—Part II: Cardiac Ultrasonography,” the material was published in the June 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

After reviewing the document, you’re encouraged to revisit “Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Bedside General and Cardiac Ultrasonography in the Evaluation of Critically Ill Patients—Part I: General Ultrasonography,” which was released in the November 2015 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

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Application Deadline Tomorrow for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the second round of seed grants to foster an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. These groups will offer survivors mutual support and the opportunity to share solutions to the challenges of recovery after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

Via a brief, expedited application process, SCCM will select five new sites to join the collaborative. Participation is open to institutions that already have a support group in place, as well as those that wish to establish a new support system for patients. Participants will join together in regular calls to share knowledge about nurturing such groups and helping them grow. The goal of these grants is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing an international network.

Applications are due June 17, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews at aandrews@sccm.org.

Also, learn more about post-intensive care syndrome and the efficacy of peer support groups by reading an informative peer-reviewed article that recently appeared in Advanced Critical Care.

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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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