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March 16, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Examining Very Short Antibiotic Courses

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New Edition of SCCM’s Self-Assessment
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Examining Very Short Antibiotic Courses

Many patients started on antibiotics for possible ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) do not have pneumonia. Patients with minimal and stable ventilator settings may be suitable candidates for early antibiotic discontinuation. Therefore, Klompas et al set out to compare outcomes amongst patients with suspected VAP but minimal and stable ventilator settings treated with one to three versus more than three days of antibiotics.

Very short antibiotic courses (one to three days) were associated with outcomes similar to longer courses (more than three days) in patients with suspected VAP but minimal and stable ventilator settings.

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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New Edition of SCCM’s Self-Assessment

Assess your knowledge with the new edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care.

The eighth edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care offers hundreds of multiple-choice study questions designed to help you pass your subspecialty board examination or to refresh and expand your overall knowledge of critical care medicine. Developed by leading experts in critical care, this self-assessment covers the top 20 critical care focus areas. Questions are based on real-world case studies, and an answer key helps you measure your progress. This publication is available in the SCCM Store in print and electronic versions.

Test your knowledge on the go with the interactive edition. This web-based version of the popular print publication consists of a series of test questions pertaining to all areas of critical care knowledge. This online learning experience offers immediate feedback to identify areas of strength and weakness, and provides rationales and references for missed questions.

Buy more, save more! Save up to 30% by purchasing the Self-Assessment Bundle: Adult, which contains both the textbook and its online companion.

For questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Alarm & Alert Fatigue Webcasts

Register today for the upcoming two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). This series is held in collaboration with the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

The first session, Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies, will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. During this session, Maria M. Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN, Director of Policy Management and Integration at The Johns Hopkins Health System, and Bradford D. Winters, MD, PhD, FCCM, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss how alarm fatigue has become a health technology hazard and will offer strategies for management. Missed alarms have resulted in patient injury and death; this hazard has been listed on the Emergency Care Research Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list since its inception in 2007. The Joint Commission instituted a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management in 2014 with a requirement that hospitals fully implement it by January 2016.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss clinical alarm hazards and The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management
  • Rate available evidence regarding alarm fatigue literature
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and research needs
  • Discuss alarm management strategies based on quality improvement initiatives

The second session, Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics, will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Central Time. In this session, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will discuss how clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are commonly used for preventing medication errors, and how they are gaining interest as electronic syndromic surveillance systems for events such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. While CDSSs improve patient outcomes, the number of alerts increases the risk of alert fatigue. Approaches to managing alert fatigue are needed to ensure effective use of CDSSs.

Learning Objectives

  • Choose evidence-based guidance on tested interventions that reduce alert quantity with the intent of reducing fatigue with clinical decision support systems
  • Apply standardized metrics for alert fatigue

Both 60-minute webcasts will be moderated by Joseph D. Catino, BS, MD. Register online for Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies and Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Register for Ultrasound Courses

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) summer 2017 Critical Care Ultrasound courses. These courses will be held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

The comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal courses will be held July 30 to 31, 2017. The ultrasound courses will provide the ability to:

  • Immediately integrate learned skills into your clinical practice
  • Increase your diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Earn continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses
  • 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

Expand your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge with the one-day Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course, which will follow on August 1, 2017. This course will focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient, and participants will explore the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient. New this year, expert faculty will provide hands-on training in the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).

Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook, which covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations.

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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Stay Up to Date on the Latest SCCM Guidelines with Free Access

Help ensure that critical care patients are receiving consistent, evidence-based care by staying up-to-date on the latest Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) guidelines.

Members and nonmembers alike can access the SCCM guidelines for free by visiting www.sccm.org/guidelines and Critical Care Medicine online or by downloading the Guidelines App.

SCCM’s guidelines cover a variety of topics including family-centered care, sustained neuromuscular blockade, reversal of antithrombotics in intracranial hemorrhage, and the management of sepsis and septic shock. View the complete list online.

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