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November 3, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Assessing Tissue Oxygenation and Microvascular Reactivity in ICU Patients

Education

Congress Early Registration Ends Wednesday, November 16
Free, Online CE Activities on Chronic Heart Failure
Early Registration Deadline Approaching for MCCKAP

SCCM News

Guidelines for Neuromuscular Blockade in the Adult Critically Ill Patient
The AMA Outlines Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act
Assessing Tissue Oxygenation and Microvascular Reactivity in ICU Patients

Impaired microcirculatory perfusion and tissue oxygenation during critical illness are associated with adverse outcome. The aim of a study by Donati et al was to detect alterations in tissue oxygenation or microvascular reactivity and their ability to predict outcome in critically ill patients using thenar near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) with a vascular occlusion test (VOT).

They found that in critically ill patients, NIRS with a VOT enables identification of alterations in tissue oxygen extraction capacity and microvascular reactivity that can predict mortality.

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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Congress Early Registration Ends Wednesday, November 16

Register by Wednesday, November 16, 2016, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress and save over 15% off the registration fee. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Network and collaborate with critical care leaders, and explore new tools, technologies and processes. The 2017 Congress will include plenary sessions, which will feature presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics. Attendees can participate in cutting-edge educational sessions, hands-on workshops and an interactive debate theater.

Join us January 21 to 25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, as we work together to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by December 14, 2016.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Free, Online CE Activities on Chronic Heart Failure

Earn free continuing education credits by viewing the educational content from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen. Available in two formats, you can choose from the webcast version, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in CHF, or the electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph.

Both versions contain discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Topics include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

Other Online CME Available
Whether you missed SCCM’s 2016 Critical Care Congress or couldn’t make it to all the sessions of interest, you can still participate in the most popular sessions online at your convenience. Earn free continuing medical education credits by viewing any of the following webcasts and then applying for credit:

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Improving Clinical Outcomes and Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.

Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with ADHF
(Available as a webcast or an electronic publication)
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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Early Registration Deadline Approaching for MCCKAP

Register by November 16, 2016, to receive the lowest rates on registration for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2017 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from February 28 to March 7, 2017. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The MCCKAP online examination assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors:

  • 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 individual fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s national ranking

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the examination is offered exclusively 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.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the test. Final results will be available through the program director’s MySCCM account approximately five weeks following the examination.

Receive the early bird rate when you register by November 16, 2016. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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Guidelines for Neuromuscular Blockade in the Adult Critically Ill Patient

The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient.

Titled “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sustained Neuromuscular Blockade in the Adult Critically Ill Patient,” the material was published in the November 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

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The AMA Outlines Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a final rule detailing regulations for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

The American Medical Association (AMA) has outlined the major provisions of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program for physicians that was created by MACRA. Access these AMA resources to learn more about this historic Medicare reform law and its various components and key policy improvements.

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