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November 16, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Antibiotic Timing and Mortality in Sepsis

Education

New and Exciting Activities at Congress
Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

SCCM News

Voting Now Under Way for SCCM Elections
SCCM Honors Critical Care Community Members
New VCCR Podcast
Antibiotic Timing and Mortality in Sepsis

The current standard of care for sepsis is the early administration of antibiotics. However, efforts to shorten time to antibiotic administration may also cause harm because more patients may receive unnecessary antibiotics. Liu et al  evaluated the association between antibiotic timing and mortality among patients with sepsis receiving antibiotics within 6 hours of emergency department registration.

They found that hourly delays in antibiotic administration for patients with sepsis were associated with increased odds of hospital mortality, even among patients who received antibiotics within 6 hours.

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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New and Exciting Activities at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress is drawing near. We have an exciting Congress planned, to include these new and exciting activities!

Critical Crosstalk Theater: Participate in stimulating debates hosted by members of SCCM’s specialty sections.

Tech Lab: Learn, collaborate, and network with fellow attendees about the latest and best technologies available in your personal and professional life. Technology demonstrations, experiential learning, social media analysis, and talks about a variety of technology topics will be featured.

Exhibit Hall Roundtable Discussions: Network with peers and contribute to conversations on critical care, professional topics, and career topics.

Register early to receive the lowest rates. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Early registration rates end November 22, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

The MCCKAP examination is offered online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs, or it can be used by fellows to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the examination. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827‑6888. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 22, 2017.

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Voting Now Under Way for SCCM Elections

Voting is now under way for the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Once you have accessed the online ballot here, use your SCCM user name and password to log on.

The deadline to vote is November 24, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Your involvement in the process is encouraged, welcomed, and necessary for the Society to thrive as a member-driven organization. If you need assistance, contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827‑6888.

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SCCM Honors Critical Care Community Members

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is seeking to honor those we lost this year. We ask that you please share the names of any members of the critical care community who passed away.

Please send the person’s name, institution, and any additional information you have (e.g, obituary link) to SCCM staff partner Bethany Fresen.

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New VCCR Podcast

Tune into the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR) podcast series for in-depth interviews on critical care topics addressing the most challenging aspects of intensive care unit fellowship and residency. This series complements SCCM’s VCCR program.

The latest installment in the series is now available:

SCCM Pod-VCCR10 Pathophysiology and Management of AKI

After listening, keep the conversation going on Twitter using #VCCRounds.

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