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March 5, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Delirium Detection Using EEG

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On Demand: Should We Prone All ARDS Patients?
Practice and Prepare with the Adult Board Review Course
Register for Webcast on Death by Neurological Criteria
Registration Is Now Open for ICU Liberation and Animation Conference
Register Now for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

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ICU Liberation Launches ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative
Start Adding to Your SCCM “ePortfolio”
Delirium Detection Using EEG

Delirium is a significant and prevalent problem among patients in the intensive care unit, but many clinicians struggle to diagnose it. Van der Kooi et al set out to determine the electrode derivation and electroencephalography (EEG) characteristic that have the best capability to distinguish patients with delirium from those without it.

The authors found that with two electrodes and 60 seconds of EEG data, delirium can be discriminated from nondelirium under certain circumstances. This intriguing study is important in that it highlights the possible technological direction in which delirium detection may be headed.

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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On Demand: Should We Prone All ARDS Patients?

The recent webcast, Should We Prone All ARDS Patients?, is now available for On Demand purchase. In this pro/con webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, the most up-to-date evidence on the benefits, limitations and alternatives of prone positioning of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome is presented by an esteemed panel of physicians.

Should We Prone All ARDS Patients? On Demand allows you to access a video containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from the event. Enjoy this access from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and review the content on your own time and at your own pace. This is the next best thing to attending the live event. Following your purchase, you can access the materials as often as you like by logging into www.MySCCM.org.

Should We Prone All ARDS Patients? On Demand is available for purchase in the SCCM store. The registration rate is just $35 for members ($45 for nonmembers).

If you participated in the live event, your subscription to the On Demand service was included in your registration fee. The materials can be accessed by logging into www.MySCCM.org with your customer ID and password.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series 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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Practice and Prepare with the Adult Board Review Course

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2015 Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC) sets the standard in board preparation. Register online today. Whether you need to certify, recertify or simply review, MCCBRC provides an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Comprehensive Learning Experience
Receive 4.5 days of extensive coverage of core concepts in critical care, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal disorders, infectious diseases, monitoring, neurology, nutrition, respiratory care, sepsis, and more. Each comprehensive session is presented by world-class faculty.

Accurate Skills Assessment
Daily interactive board preparation sessions will consist of practice board questions, answers and rationales. Monitor your progress through audience response system technology and receive accurate feedback regarding areas that may need further refinement.

Valuable Study Resources
As a registered participant, you will receive the course syllabus, online access to practice questions and networking opportunities with colleagues and world-renowned experts in critical care. After the event, you will enjoy online access to MCCBRC On Demand videos containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio for every lecture.

The 2015 Adult MCCBRC will be held August 11 to 15, 2015, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Register online using your Customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Register for Webcast on Death by Neurological Criteria

Improve your confidence and knowledge in determining death by neurological criteria (DNC). In the webcast, Death by Neurological Criteria: Diagnosis and Management, the latest offering from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, expert faculty will review the most up-to-date research and processes in determining DNC.

David Greer, MD, FAHA, FNCS, FAAN, FCCM, and Jose Javier Provencio, MD, FAAN, FNCS, FCCM, will examine the appropriate use of ancillary testing and discuss skills to successfully engage families and surrogates in conversation and decision making after DNC.

Learning Objectives

  • List the objective clinical tools needed to arrive at a DNC diagnosis and describe the management and organ support (hemodynamics, electrolytes, endocrine imbalances) for DNC patients
  • Articulate the indications and pros/cons for ancillary testing to support a DNC diagnosis
  • Explain techniques and authoritative and unambiguous terms used by experts to appropriately engage families and surrogates in the discussion of DNC, and recognize the related common cross-cultural, ethnic and religious sensitivities

This webcast will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit.

Register online today using your customer ID and password. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). For institutions seeking unlimited participation at a single location, a $200 group rate is available. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 for details.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series 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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Registration Is Now Open for ICU Liberation and Animation Conference

VanderbiltThe Society of Critical Care Medicine is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to offer ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines. This two-day didactic and simulation conference will review implementation strategies and discuss approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team.

Internationally recognized faculty will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. Hospitals are SCCM-Logo-Color-RGB-600pxencouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will then be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s intensive care unit after the conference.

Register today for the ICU Liberation and Animation conference, which will be held September 9 and 10, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

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Register Now for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

JHM_2C_P_HEarly detection of sepsis, with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, appears to be the single most important factor in reducing morbidity and mortality from sepsis. The Society of Critical Care Medicine is partnering with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to offer Sepsis Without Walls: Ensuring All Patients Receive Optimal, Time-Sensitive Care. This one-day interactive conference will focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of their care unit.

It has become increasingly apparent that there is a long delay in both the recognition of sepsis and the initiation of appropriate therapy in many patients. This translates into an increased SCCM-Logo-Color-RGB-600pxincidence of progressive organ failure and a higher mortality. Healthcare providers, therefore, need a high index of suspicion for the presence of sepsis and must begin appropriate antimicrobials quickly. Join the multiprofessional panel of leading experts who will focus on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

Register today for the Sepsis Without Walls conference, which will be held September 25, 2015, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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ICU Liberation Launches ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Campaign is launching a quality improvement initiative related to implementing the ABCDEF bundle.

The ICU Liberation ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative is seeking U.S. hospitals interested in improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the newly modified bundle. Participating hospitals would work with a team of leading national and regional experts to:

  • Reduce time on mechanical ventilation
  • Engage families to participate in the care and healing of their loved ones
  • Validate compliance and improvement through use of an online data collection tool
  • Enhance teamwork through implementation of evidence-based care
  • Engage with leading experts who have demonstrated improved patient outcomes through the ABCDEF bundle
  • Create partnerships with other institutions doing the same improvement work across the United States

Applications are due May 19, 2015, and must be accompanied by all four commitment letters, which are available on the website.

The Collaborative will be operating in three regions: Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago, but it is not required that applying hospitals be located in these regions. Hospitals of any type or size may apply, and no experience in implementing the bundle is required. Learn more about the Collaborative and application requirements.

If you have any additional questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Diane Byrum at dbyrum@sccm.org.

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Start Adding to Your SCCM “ePortfolio”

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) now offers a list of all of your SCCM teaching, continuing medical education (CME)/continuing education (CE) and volunteer activities in one convenient location on your personalized electronic portfolio webpage. The “ePortfolio” page also allows you to enter your CME/CE activities outside of SCCM so that you can track all of your CME/CE activities in one location.

Log into www.MySCCM.org, choose the MY INVOLVEMENT tab and click on the “ePortfolio” link to see your recent SCCM activities and begin entering your other CME/CE activities.

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