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June 4, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

The Efficacy of a Two-Tier Rapid Response System

Education

Early Registration Deadline Nearing for Adult Board Review Course
Early-Bird Rates for Ultrasound Courses End Soon

SCCM News

Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award
Apply Now for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding
Comments Sought on Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems
Still Time to Apply for SCCM Awards
Save the Date for SCCM Study Mission to India
Register Today: 2015 Critical Care World Congress
The Efficacy of a Two-Tier Rapid Response System

Rapid response systems (RRSs) have been implemented to facilitate the early recognition and treatment of deteriorating ward patients. Evidence of their effectiveness is conflicting, but recent reviews suggest RRS utilization improves patient safety. Aneman et al recently assessed the clinical attributes and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU of Liverpool Hospital both before and after implementation of a two-tier RRS. In this system, the clinical team responds to less serious first-tier criteria, and the RRS is activated when the patient meets more serious second-tier criteria.

The authors found that ICU mortality rates were significantly lower after two-tier implementation, as compared to mortality rates under the preexisting one-tier RRS. Although this study’s applicability is limited by its retrospective design, implementing a two-tier system seemingly improves patient outcomes.

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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Early Registration Deadline Nearing for Adult Board Review Course

The early registration deadline for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC) is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This 4.5-day course provides the most comprehensive review in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients. The course includes interactive board preparation sessions and features practice board questions, answers and rationales. World-class faculty focus on preparing fellows and attendings for their critical care certification and recertification. The course also provides an excellent update for any critical care professional seeking the most current review of the field.

As a registered participant, you will benefit from:

  • Online access to practice questions
  • A comprehensive course syllabus
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues and world-renowned experts
  • Post-course online access to MCCBRC On Demand, which features slides and recorded speaker audio from all sessions of the live course

The 2015 Adult MCCBRC will be held August 11 to 15, 2015, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. For details, including the agenda, faculty and hotel and travel information, visit SCCM’s website.

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Early-Bird Rates for Ultrasound Courses End Soon

Register by June 17, 2015, to take advantage of discounted early registration rates for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Ultrasound courses, to be held August 16 to 18, 2015, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. SCCM now offers four Critical Care Ultrasound courses to help you increase your ultrasound knowledge.

Critical Care Ultrasound and Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric are two-day courses that provide the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. 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.

Expand upon your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge with Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric on August 18, 2015. These courses focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient and provide participants with important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient.

Space for these courses is limited. Visit the ultrasound courses webpage and register today using your Customer ID and password to guarantee your seat, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive SCCM’s discounted hotel rate, make your reservation by July 13, 2015.

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Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the 2015 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 already in operation that combines functional design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are reviewed in a blinded fashion and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an 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 a plaque. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2015.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015.

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Apply Now for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the first 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 up to five sites to inaugurate the initial networks. 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. SCCM expects to add additional groups in each of the next two years.

Applications are due June 15, 2015.

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

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Comments Sought on Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group (CCSQSC), issued directions in November 2014 on the off-label/modified use of bedside blood glucose monitoring systems. In the supporting document, off-label use of capillary glucose monitoring was noted to apply to several healthcare settings, including intensive care units. Subsequently, a temporary withdrawal was issued by CCSQSC, effective March 13, 2015. Comments are being submitted via e-mail and panels are being formed to work on this important issue.

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Save the Date for SCCM Study Mission to India

The 2016 Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Study Mission to India is scheduled for March 7-16, 2016. Participants will meet with their colleagues in a number of local hospitals and clinics in northern India and will also visit various historical sites in Delhi (the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat), Agra (the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort), and Jaipur (the Amber Fort, Palace of Winds and the Jantar Mantar).

You can also extend your experience with a trip to central India from March 16-22, 2016. This experience will feature visits to various temples in Khajuraho, a two-day tiger safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park and a two-day excursion to Mumbai.

Registration information will be available in the coming months. Consider joining in on this adventure!

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Still Time to Apply 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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Register Today: 2015 Critical Care World Congress

The 12th Critical Care World Congress, whose theme is “One Step Further: The Pursuit of Excellence in Critical Care,” will be held August 29 through September 1, 2015, in Seoul, South Korea. This meeting brings together international critical care medicine and nursing societies and is co-hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM), the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS). The Congress will provide opportunities for international networking, sharing and education.

You are encouraged to register today!

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