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May 19, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Higher Versus Lower Blood Pressure Targets for Vasopressor Therapy in Shock

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Submit Your Abstract for SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress
Virtual Critical Care Rounds: Pediatric Now Available

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Wear Blue Tomorrow to Support Critical Care
Survey: Determining Pediatric Palliative Care Practices in the United States
Application Deadline Tomorrow for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding
Higher Versus Lower Blood Pressure Targets for Vasopressor Therapy in Shock

In shock, hypotension may contribute to inadequate oxygen delivery, organ failure and death. Lamontagne et al conducted the Optimal Vasopressor Titration (OVATION) pilot trial to inform the design of a larger trial examining the effect of lower versus higher mean arterial pressure (MAP) targets for vasopressor therapy in shock.

They concluded that their pilot study supports the feasibility of a large trial comparing lower versus higher MAP targets for shock. Further research may help delineate the reasons for vasopressor dosing in excess of prescribed targets and how individual patient characteristics modify the response to vasopressor therapy.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to 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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Submit Your Abstract for SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress

Abstract submission for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress is now open. Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports for the 46th Critical Care Congress, which will be held January 21 to 25, 2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Those whose abstracts are accepted also enjoy other benefits:

  • Star Research Award presentation opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other CE/CME sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work moderated by a professor in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education and/or practice.

Complimentary registration is available to one author per accepted abstract. To be eligible, the person must be listed as the first author and be a SCCM member and non-full physician at the time of abstract submission.

Abstracts may be submitted until noon, Central Daylight Time, on August 3, 2016. Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines and available awards.

The 2017 Critical Care Congress will bring together more than 6,000 members of the critical care community and will feature internationally renowned faculty and content sessions highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine. Registration opens June 2016 at www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Virtual Critical Care Rounds: Pediatric Now Available

Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR): Pediatric, developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), is designed to better prepare students, residents and fellows to contribute to the diagnosis and management of the critically ill pediatric patient during their pediatric intensive care unit rounds.

VCCR: Pediatric, the enhanced replacement for the Pediatric Resident ICU (RICU) program, features:

  • Professionally narrated modules with clear learning objectives, engaging case studies, interactive questions and a list of additional resources for further exploration
  • An expanded topic selection, with lectures developed by leading experts on each subject
  • SCCM’s new, more efficient, learning management platform, which allows program directors to view and monitor participants’ progress throughout the courses

The VCCR: Pediatric program is composed of two courses. VCCR I: Pediatric focuses on student level learning and features 8 modules covering topics such as pediatric airway management, mechanical ventilation and pediatric shock. VCCR II: Pediatric, aimed at the resident and fellow levels, contains 13 modules exploring such topics as traumatic brain injury, acute kidney injury in children and acute severe asthma. The VCCR: Pediatric courses are available as program director-led or self-directed products.

To make a purchase or for more details, visit www.sccm.org/VCCRPeds.

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Wear Blue Tomorrow to Support Critical Care

You are encouraged to wear blue tomorrow in celebration of National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM)!

Also, remember to share your photos on Twitter using #NCCARM, or post them to the Society’s Facebook page. We’d especially love to see any photos of you and your ICU team reuniting with former patients and their families! You can also send your pictures to criticalconnections@sccm.org.

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Application Deadline Tomorrow for THRIVE Support Group Network Funding

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the second 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 five new sites to join the collaborative. 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.

Applications are due June 17, 2016.

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

Also, learn more about post-intensive care syndrome and the efficacy of peer support groups by reading an informative peer-reviewed article that recently appeared in Advanced Critical Care.

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Survey: Determining Pediatric Palliative Care Practices in the United States

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is conducting a national research study of pediatric hematologists/oncologists and pediatric intensive care physicians. As you know, pediatric palliative care has become a “hot topic” recently and there is an increasing demand for hospitals to provide these services. In order to provide the best care and the best education for trainees, we need to truly understand what the current state of pediatric palliative care is.

The goals of the survey are:

  • To define current trends in pediatric palliative care education and clinical care
  • To understand the factors that inform these trends
  • To identify areas for improvement and growth locally and nationally

In order to meet these goals, your help is needed. Please consider taking a 10-minute online survey. After the data is analyzed, the results will be shared with those who participated in the research.

If you have any questions, you may email the study chairs, Rina Meyer, MD, and Laura Czulada, DO, at rina.meyer@stonybrookmedicine.edu or laura.czulada@stonybrookmedicine.edu, respectively.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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