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June 6, 2013

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Can Metabolomics Help Diagnose Pediatric Sepsis?

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Registration Open for the Critical Care Event of the Year
Board Review: Discount Registration Deadline Approaching
Take Advantage of Discounted Ultrasound Registration

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Major Grant Will Support Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Access the Latest Clinical Practice Guidelines
Recognize Teaching and Clinical Practice Excellence
Can Metabolomics Help Diagnose Pediatric Sepsis?

Metabolomics is a relatively new technology that involves the measurement of an organism’s global metabolic response to some physiologic stress. The study of this technology is gaining momentum, as measurement of a person’s metabolic profile in easily accessible biological fluids can help distinguish disease states from non-disease states earlier. Thus, patients could receive appropriate therapies earlier, which can improve outcomes in cases such as pneumonia and sepsis. In the May 2013 issue of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the authors used 1H proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to measure the concentrations of 58 different metabolites in serum samples taken from 140 pediatric subjects from 11 different institutions. Read more…

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Major Grant Will Support Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has been awarded a grant in support of its new Project DisPatCH — Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that SCCM is the recipient of this grant, marking the first time the Society has received federal funding in support of a program.

Project DisPatCH, under the leadership of SCCM members Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FCCM, and Timothy Buchman, MD, MCCM, aims to help fulfill the goals of the AHRQ by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered outcomes research over the grant’s three-year period. The AHRQ supports this type of research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States. Read more…

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Access the Latest Clinical Practice Guidelines

Get the information you need, whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Guidelines app provides summaries of select American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) guidelines for quick reference as well as an opportunity to download PDFs of full guidelines to your device. Developed by the ACCM and approved by the Board of Regents and SCCM Council, these guidelines provide the essential recommendations, protocols and parameters for intensive care unit activities. Read more…

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Recognize Teaching and Clinical Practice Excellence

Margaret Wojnar, MDCongratulations to Margaret Wojnar, MD, who received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2013 Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award. As Director of Medical Critical Care, Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Critical Care Council, and Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wojnar provides outstanding leadership and education to fellows and residents. A member of the SCCM Pennsylvania Chapter since 2006, she served as its president from 2009 to 2012, contributing to the groups growth and success.

Wojnar’s efforts embody the spirit of the Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award, which recognizes individuals who have significantly advanced multidisciplinary quality care for critically ill patients at the regional or local level. Nominate yourself or a colleague by August 1, 2013, by submitting an application to Carol Prendergast at cprendergast@sccm.org.

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Registration Open for the Critical Care Event of the Year

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress, to be held January 9 to 13, 2014, in San Francisco, California, USA.

San FranciscoThe Society’s annual Congress is the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year and the “City by the Bay” is the ideal setting to combine creative and inspirational ideas for the critical care field. This five-day event will provide outstanding networking opportunities and innovative learning experiences, highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine. Read more…

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Board Review: Discount Registration Deadline Approaching

The deadline to receive early-bird rates for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC) is Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Led by an internationally recognized faculty, this four-and-a-half-day course will provide the most comprehensive review in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients. Attendees benefit by fulfilling continuing medical education requirements and gaining accurate assessments of their knowledge in critical care. The course also provides an excellent update for any critical care professional seeking the most current review of the field. Read more…

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Take Advantage of Discounted Ultrasound Registration

Register for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Fundamentals of Critical Care Ultrasound and Advanced Ultrasound courses by Wednesday, June 19, 2013, to take advantage of discounted registration rates.

In the evaluation and treatment of acute illness and injury, every second makes a difference. Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in the immediate management of patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care ultrasound skills. Read more…

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