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June 18, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Impact of ICH Duration and Intensity on TBI Patients

Education

ECMO Management Course: Early Registration Deadline Nearing
Webcast to Review Ethics Relating to Recent Ebola Outbreak
Early Registration Deadline Nearing for ICU Liberation Conference
Reduced Registration Rates Available for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

SCCM News

Registration Now Open for the 45th Critical Care Congress
Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge
Participate in Survey on Ethics Issues
Apply for the THRIVE Innovation Award
SCCM Unveils Recognition for Global Partners
Impact of ICH Duration and Intensity on TBI Patients

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of permanent disability and death in young patients. Monitoring and manipulation of intracranial pressure (ICP) has been a cornerstone in the management of these patients. Güiza et al sought to determine if the cumulative ICP burden was associated with outcomes in adult and pediatric TBI patients.

The authors showed that the ICP burden, defined by intensity and duration of intracranial hypertension, was associated with outcomes in both patient groups. They also found that children cannot tolerate high ICPs for the same amount of time as adults.

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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ECMO Management Course: Early Registration Deadline Nearing

The early registration deadline for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ECMO Management course is Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Led by expert faculty, 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 of 10 participants and two facilitators.

Topics include: basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations.

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 August 28 and 29, 2015, 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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Webcast to Review Ethics Relating to Recent Ebola Outbreak

Review the myriad ethical dilemmas encountered in caring for patients, families and communities during the recent Ebola outbreak in the webcast, The Ethics of Outbreaks. A collaboration of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, this webcast will discuss vaccine trials, cultural imperatives and the ethics of preparing for future outbreaks.

Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General for the WHO, will explore research ethics and the use of clinical trials during the Ebola outbreak. Dr. Abha Saxena, Coordinator of Global Health Ethics for the WHO, will analyze autonomy and distributive justice as they relate to this outbreak and the cultural imperatives encountered.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the challenges faced in the implementation of clinical trials during an epidemic
  • Recognize the cultural imperatives during an outbreak
  • Discuss the challenges in forming a global plan for intervention in future outbreaks

This webcast will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

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

This webcast was organized by SCCM’s Controversies in Critical Care series in collaboration with the WHO. The Controversies in Critical Care series is supported by SCCM’s Ethics Committee and is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence is available to guide practice decisions.

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Early Registration Deadline Nearing for ICU Liberation Conference

Register today to receive reduced registration rates for ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines, which will be held on September 9 and 10, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to bring you this two-day conference staffed by internationally recognized faculty who will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s intensive care unit after the conference.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regards to the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines and ABCDEF bundle
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, and immobility in the intensive care unit
  • Apply the available tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PAD monitoring and management using PDSA cycles
  • Develop and implement discipline-specific interventions in the intensive care unit

Register online using your Customer ID and password by July 15, 2015, to receive the discounted rate, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive SCCM’s discounted hotel rate, make your reservation by August 11, 2015.

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Reduced Registration Rates Available for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

Reserve your seat today to receive discounted registration rates for Sepsis Without Walls: Ensuring All Patients Receive Optimal, Time-Sensitive Care. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to offer this one-day interactive conference, which will be held September 25, 2015, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Early detection of sepsis, with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, may be the single most important factor in reducing the morbidity and mortality of sepsis. This conference will focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of the care unit in which they are located. Join the multiprofessional panel of leading experts who will focus on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify cutting-edge diagnostic algorithms for pathogen identification in sepsis
  • Analyze and implement sepsis pathways for patients who are not yet located in the intensive care unit
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of current infection control practices
  • Summarize effective antibiotic recommendations for common nosocomial infections

Register online using your Customer ID and password by August 5, 2015, to receive the reduced rate, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates. A limited block of hotel rooms has been reserved for conference attendees and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your hotel reservation by August 18, 2015, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate.

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Registration Now Open for the 45th Critical Care Congress

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress, to be held February 20 to 24, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA. The Society’s annual Congress cultivates inspiration and creativity by bringing together all members of the multiprofessional, multidisciplinary team.

Join more than 6,000 critical care clinicians for this unique five-day event. Participate in cutting-edge educational sessions and hands-on workshops that expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Connect with world-renowned leaders, experience a stimulating environment of new ideas and encounter passionate perspectives. Return home to your intensive care unit refreshed and motivated to share and apply new knowledge.

Register online for Congress using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Register early and save! Early registration and reservations are recommended. Register by December 16, 2015, and save over 15% off the Congress full rate tuition. For information on hotel and travel reservations and available discounts, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge

Show us what you’ve got! The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) App Challenge seeks to harness the creativity and talent of the critical care community by collecting ideas for mobile tools while also highlighting potential partnership opportunities. We want your best ideas for mobile technology that can improve the delivery of critical care and/or enhance the patient and family experience. Applications are due October 1, 2015.

The App Challenge has two submission tiers: one for ideas and concepts, the other for projects already developed or in prototype.

Tier 1 – Ideas and Concepts

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish there was an app for that,” but don’t have the expertise, resources or time to turn your idea into a reality, this is your opportunity. Submit your mobile app idea to the SCCM App Challenge.

Tier 2 – Prototype or Developed App

Tier 2 is for ideas that are in some stage of development, from a prototype to a fully functioning app.

Entries in both tiers will be evaluated on numerous criteria, including development feasibility (especially for Tier 1 submissions) and the potential impact on patient and family care and/or clinical practice.

The top two entries in each tier will receive complimentary registration to SCCM’s 45th Critical Care Congress.

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Participate in Survey on Ethics Issues

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is conducting a survey as part of a research project to identify the types and frequency of ethics issues experienced by critical care providers. The survey questions center on those issues encountered in daily practice. SCCM members are invited to participate.

The online survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Responses will be confidential, and no identifying information (such as your name, email address or IP address) will be collected. Participation is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time.

Be certain to disable any pop-up blocker on your browser as you take the survey. Your assistance in completing the survey prior to the July 17 deadline is greatly appreciated.

The results will be used to inform education programming and for scholarly purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Prasad Abraham, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM, of Grady Health System at pabraham@gmh.edu.

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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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SCCM Unveils Recognition for Global Partners

The Safar Global Partner Award, sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), is presented annually to up to three individuals or institutions that expand the impact of SCCM’s mission around the globe.

The award is named for former SCCM President Peter Safar, who in 1974 predicted the rising influence of SCCM when he wrote, “We shall become a truly international society whose members are proud of being world citizens.”

The Safar Global Partner Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions making material contributions to SCCM’s achievement of its international strategic priorities. Nominees may be from anywhere in the world, including the United States.

The Society’s current strategic priorities are:

  • Increase distribution of the Fundamentals programs (i.e., Fundamental Critical Care Support [FCCS], Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support, Fundamental Disaster Management) in Latin America, Asia (with a focus on China) and the Middle East/Northern Africa (MENA).
  • Produce and distribute the FCCS tropical diseases supplement.
  • Prepare and administer an international critical care knowledge assessment examination through partnerships with local critical care organizations.
  • Combine the domestic and international review course programs into a single, flexible program that meets local needs.
  • Explore opportunities to pilot projects that customize SCCM program materials for specific markets and/or make programs available for wholesale distribution through a local publisher/provider.
  • Implement the project, Sepsis in Resource-Limited Regions.

Nominations may be made via a letter that addresses the selection criteria.  SCCM members and staff are eligible to make nominations, which are due August 1, 2015.

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Ensuring the Safe Use of Parenteral Nutrition