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May 2, 2013

Concise Critical Appraisal

Effect of Cardiac Function and Systemic Vascular Resistance in Premature Infants

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$50,000 in Funding Available for Research Projects

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Be Critical Care Aware in May
Recognizing Nursing Excellence
Call for CCM Editor Applicants
Effect of Cardiac Function and Systemic Vascular Resistance in Premature Infants

Permissive hypercapnia is a well-accepted ventilator strategy for the management of acute respiratory distress syndrome as well as other causes of respiratory failure, such as the respiratory distress syndrome seen in premature infants. Multiple studies have demonstrated that both myocardial contractility and systemic vascular resistance (SVR) decrease with hypercapnic acidosis, the ultimate effect being that cardiac function is maintained or even augmented. The effects of hypercapnic acidosis on cardiac function in the preterm infant have not been elucidated. In a prospective observational study, published in the May issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, the authors analyzed paired blood gasses and echocardiograms from 29 hemodynamically stable preterm infants at 30 weeks gestation

Samples were taken within the first two weeks of life, either during the transitional period (days 1-3) or post-transitional period (days 4-14). In all, there were 103 paired blood gasses and echocardiograms from 21 subjects in the transitional period and 44 paired studies from 15 subjects in the post-transitional period. During the transitional period, pH and PaCO2 had no effect on any of the hemodynamic measures, including shortening fraction, stress-velocity index, or SVR. However, during the post-transitional period, the infants’ hemodynamics resembled those seen in adult patients. The results of the study demonstrated differences in the way the older infants responded to acidosis and hypercapnia. Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal.

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Be Critical Care Aware in May

During National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM), be sure to share your celebration ideas and stories with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and your colleagues. This month-long celebration allows critical care team members to exemplify their dedication to patient care while creating more awareness of this demanding, life-saving practice.

Some hospitals organize tours of the intensive care unit to outside staff, offer an educational symposium or simply remember to wear blue on Friday, May 17. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to post your stories and photos on the Society’s Facebook page.

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Recognizing Nursing Excellence

Barbara McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, FNP, FCCM, received this year’s Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence in recognition of her dedication to critical care as both a clinician and educator.

McLean BarbaraAs a critical care specialist at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, McLean exemplifies excellence in critical care nursing through her tireless efforts as a patient care provider and advocate. A well-known educator, she has been invited to speak all over the world including the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Spain. She has been active in Nursing Section leadership and has served on numerous Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) committees. In 2001, McLean became the 20th nurse to be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Additionally, she was elected to an at-large seat on SCCM’s Council in 2004, then re-elected in 2007. Her care for the critically ill and injured are evidenced through her service after Hurricane Katrina and again in Haiti after the devastating earthquake; she has made more than eight trips back to Haiti in continued support of those in need. In recognition of her contributions, SCCM presented her with the Distinguished Service Award in 2011.

It is time again to nominate a colleague for the SCCM’s Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence. If you know someone who demonstrates dedication and commitment to critical care nursing, nominate them today.

Additional SCCM Awards

The Society offers several other awards. Most offer a complimentary registration for the Critical Care Congress, and all provide the unique opportunity to recognize colleagues for their dedication to the field. Award applications are due August 1, 2013.

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Call for CCM Editor Applicants

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is seeking an Editor-in-Chief for its journal Critical Care Medicine. This position requires a commitment to publication excellence and timely but fair editorial decision, upholding and enhancing the journal’s quality and reputation. To this end, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for directing the journal’s editorial board, including the Associate Editors, and the Editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, to ensure they are following all appropriate procedures and working within the journals’ defined budgets. Job responsibilities include maintaining and establishing editorial policies, ensuring the content, quality, and timeliness of each issue, directing the peer review process, ensuring that accepted manuscripts conform to defined standards, and meeting all publishing responsibilities assigned.

Preferred applicants should have:

– 5 years of service on an Editorial Board
– Experience as Editor-in-Chief, or Associate Editor for a medical journal
– Current member of SCCM for 10+ years
– Active in international medical networks
– Reputation for clinical acumen

This part-time position offers a competitive stipend. Interested applicants should submit a CV, statement outlining a vision for the journal and cover letter to humanresources@sccm.org. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2013.

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Submit Your Abstract for Congress

Abstract submission for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress is now open. Contribute to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports for presentation at the 2014 Congress to be held in San Francisco, California, USA. If accepted, your work will be on display from January 10 to 12, 2014, and will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care sub-specialty journal. You also will benefit from:

  • Peer evaluation: Select posters will be visited by critical care experts who provide indispensable feedback.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered, including scientific awards, educational scholarships and research awards.

Presenting authors who are SCCM members at the time of abstract submission may have an opportunity to apply for complimentary Congress registration.

Abstracts will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. Central Time on September 3, 2013. Submission categories are: Administration, Basic Science, Case Reports, Clinical Science, and Education. Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission guidelines and categories.

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$50,000 in Funding Available for Research Projects

Through generous funding from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), a Vision Grant of $50,000 is offered to support member researchers. Submit your application by August 31, 2013, to be considered for grant support in 2014.

Eligible research should focus on one or more of the following areas of investigation:
Education: Evaluation, enhancement, and expansion of education to caregivers and families in providing patient-centered critical care.
Integrated Team of Dedicated Experts: Promotion of patient-centered critical care delivered by an integrated team of dedicated experts, including quality and health service delivery.

Outcome Measurements and Reporting: Development and measurement of quality of care provided in the ICU, thereby reducing errors and increasing patient safety.

Continuous Improvement: Focus on patient-centered care in the ICU, which includes ongoing efforts in quality improvement.

For more information or to download the application, visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant. Learn more about last year’s winner.

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