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November 2, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Age of Red Cells for Transfusion and Outcomes

Education

Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions
Secure Your Seat for Ultrasound Courses
Nutrition Research Workshop
Focal Seizures CE Series
APP Leadership On Demand

SCCM News

THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative
The World Day of the Critical Lung
Age of Red Cells for Transfusion and Outcomes

Blood banks usually function by issuing the oldest available, patient-compatible products first. The goal is to preserve viability and functionality of cells and minimize waste of blood products.  Previous studies have shown conflicting evidence as to whether transfusion of older blood products is related to increased mortality. Therefore, Cooper et al set out to determine whether transfusion of older red blood cells (RBC) increased mortality for critically ill patients.

Their study findings support the current practice of using the oldest available RBCs for transfusion of critically ill adults, since there does not seem to be a benefit of using the freshest available RBCs.

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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Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you well-informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and THRIVE: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. 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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Secure Your Seat for Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses which feature a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Limited seats are available for these popular courses.

During each course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Additional course benefits include:

  • High-quality education from nationally recognized faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others
  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice​​
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A review by field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses

Both courses will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration page.

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Nutrition Research Workshop

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) newly released Self-Directed Nutrition Research Workshop: From Bench to Bedside provides a flexible learning experience with access to more than 5 hours of cutting-edge content including implementation of new guidelines, pilot study results, and implications of nutrition and mobility, circadian rhythms, and lipid mediators.

This complimentary course also features:

  • Discussion of the top four novel and cutting-edge investigations in the field of critical care medicine and nutrition that are expected to have clinical impact at the bedside in the intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Review of the scientific rationale for the recent changes in the interdisciplinary national guidelines for nutrition support in critically ill adults and children
  • Description of the bedside applications of the SCCM/American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition critical care nutrition guidelines 2015-2016 for adults and children

This course is supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.

The self-directed course format allows learners to:

  • Work through the content at their own pace from the comfort and convenience of their home or office
  • Review all lectures through interactive learning modules
  • Explore questions, answers, and rationales
  • Review current guidelines and references
  • Assess their knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians are eligible to receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through May 2018.

Access this free course today.

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Focal Seizures CE Series

Making the Connection: Improving ICU Healthcare Teams’ Response and Management of Focal Seizures is a two-part complimentary interactive educational program designed to improve the diagnosis and management of focal seizures in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Part 2 of the series, Multidisciplinary Care of the Critical Care Patient with Seizures, is now available. Join expert faculty as they continue the discussion on current and emerging therapies and strategies to overcome specific epilepsy-related challenges in the critical care patient.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from UCB, Inc., and is jointly provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 0.5 hours of continuing medical education/continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through September 2018.

Part 1 of the series, Early Diagnosis and Individualized Management of Focal Seizures in the Intensive Care Unit, is available in the SCCM store.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service with any questions.

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APP Leadership On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, Surgical Critical Care of Saint Vincent Hospital, and Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, Advanced Practice, of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, cover the following topics:

  • Qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader, including differences in leadership styles
  • Language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understanding the basic principles of change and change management

Moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers On Demand can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the third 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.

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 now open. They will close on November 3, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews.

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The World Day of the Critical Lung

On November 17, 2017, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will partner in the first edition of The World Day of the Critical Lung, hosted by the Pan American and Iberian Federation of Critical Medicine and Intensive Care Societies.

This free global, bilingual (Spanish and English) online event will feature well-recognized professionals from around the world and provide updates on advances in the field of critical lung care and treatment of patients with severe lung diseases. Visit the event website for more information and to register.

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