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November 5, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Can Changes in Plasma Glycoproteins Predict Mortality in Severe Sepsis?

Education

Participate in Pre- and Post-Congress Educational Sessions
New Educational Resources on Sedation Liberation and Patient Mobility

SCCM News

Earthquake in Southern Asia
2017 Congress Call for Session Proposals
Participate in Survey on Moral Responsibilities in Critical Care
Apply for a 2016 Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant
Can Changes in Plasma Glycoproteins Predict Mortality in Severe Sepsis?

Sepsis remains a major cause of mortality in the intensive care unit. Numerous studies have attempted to elucidate the exact pathophysiology of sepsis at the cellular level, including identifying specific proteins in common pathways associated with survival. Although prior studies have had promising but limited success, the recent development and utilization of advanced genomic and proteomic databases have yielded intriguing findings that may link particular proteins and mechanisms to sepsis mortality. DeCoux et al used glycoprotein analysis to determine whether changes in plasma glycoproteins may predict mortality in severe sepsis.

This study ultimately identified proteins linked to patient outcomes and provided insight into unexplored mechanisms that can be investigated for the identification of novel therapeutic targets.

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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Participate in Pre- and Post-Congress Educational Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th 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. The pre- and post-Congress educational sessions reflect the most up-to-date topics and evidence-based information so you can incorporate the latest clinical treatments and administrative strategies into your everyday practice.

Pre-Congress Educational Sessions

Friday, February 19, and Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Advances in Veterinary Critical Care
  • Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
  • Critical Care Ultrasound
  • Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care

Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Advanced Practice Providers in the ICU: Finances and Productivity (half-day course)
  • Adult Airway Management in the Critically Ill
  • Fundamentals Faculty Academy
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring: From Cardiovascular Physiology to Applied Intensive Care Medicine
  • Mechanical Ventilation: Strategies and Implementation

Post-Congress Educational Session

Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26, 2016

  • ECMO Management

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choices. If you plan to attend a course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend a course and not attend Congress, register in the SCCM store by searching for the course title. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Build your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients by attending SCCM’s 45th Critical Care Congress, to be held February 20 to 24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA. Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community at this five-day event. When the right people come together in one place, ideas become reality. Register online today.

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New Educational Resources on Sedation Liberation and Patient Mobility

Gain strategies to effectively implement sedation liberation and promote patient mobility in the intensive care unit (ICU) with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) complete line of ICU Liberation resources.

Maximize your learning potential and save when you purchase the ICU Liberation Bundle. The bundle includes the publication, ICU Liberation: The Power of Pain Control, Minimal Sedation, and Early Mobility, and unlimited access to the ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand course. The ICU Liberation Bundle is available for $200 for members ($265 for nonmembers).

ICU Liberation: The Power of Pain Control, Minimal Sedation, and Early Mobility

Created by a team of intensive care experts, this must-have publication offers practical information to help frontline staff implement sedation liberation and promote ICU patient mobility. Topics include performing gap analyses, delirium in the ICU, the need for sleep, and ventilator strategies. This publication is available in print and electronic formats and available to members for $75 ($95 for nonmembers).

ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand

Experience the educational content from SCCM’s 2015 live conference, ICU Liberation and Animation, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. Internationally recognized faculty present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. With searchable slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio, you can access the entire program as if you were there. Members can purchase ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand for $155 ($195 for nonmembers).

Visit www.sccm.org/LIBERATE for product details and to make a purchase. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Earthquake in Southern Asia

The Society of Critical Care Medicine extends its deepest condolences to all those affected by the devastating earthquake that recently struck southern Asia. At this time, there is no call for critical care volunteers, but the Society will be closely monitoring the situation.

Please note that the Society maintains a website with various emergency response resources at www.sccm.org/disaster. You’re encouraged to visit this site to access pertinent disaster-related resources.

For general information about disaster preparedness, learn more about the Society’s Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) program. Also, visit LearnICU.org/Disaster for additional disaster resources, including these FDM sample chapters:

Intensive Care Unit Microcosm Within Disaster Medical Response

Disaster Preparation for the Critical Care Provider—Setting the Stage

What Matters? The Role of an ICU During Disaster

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2017 Congress Call for Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress? Submit your proposals by March 3, 2016, for possible inclusion in the 2017 program.

Session proposals are submitted using the Congress Session Builder on www.MySCCM.org under the MY INVOLVEMENT tab. You need not be an SCCM member to submit a proposal. Multiple sessions may be proposed for consideration. For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Please note: The Congress Program Planning Committee reserves the right to change, alter, merge, and reject sessions, titles, content, chaperones, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

The 2017 Critical Care Congress will be held January 21 to 25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. This five-day event 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.

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Participate in Survey on Moral Responsibilities in Critical Care

You are encouraged to participate in a survey that is part of a groundbreaking exploratory study centered on moral responsibilities of patient care in the intensive care unit. Specifically, the study explores the types of clinical situations that often become ethically difficult and physicians’ and nurses’ perspectives on moral responsibilities inherent in their professional identities. The results will provide information for developing interprofessional ethics education and fostering early, collaborative intervention guidelines.

To be eligible for this survey, you must currently be a licensed physician or registered nurse who works in critical care at an acute care facility. Nurses who belong to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses have also been invited to participate. This study is being conducted by researchers from the UCLA Healthcare Ethics Center and UCLA School of Nursing.

If you would like to participate, the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Clicking on the above survey link will take you to an anonymous and secure survey website with additional study information.

Participation is voluntary. Clicking on the survey link signals your consent to participate in this research. You can choose which questions to answer or you can withdraw at any time. Your participation concludes when you submit the survey.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Brown-Saltzman at brownsaltzman@mednet.ucla.edu or Carol Pavlish at cpavlish@sonnet.ucla.edu.
Thank you for your consideration and for the important work you do.

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Apply for a 2016 Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant Program. This program seeks to address the shortage of residency program positions by helping residency sites with funding to establish additional positions.

This year, the program seeks to expand the number of ASHP-accredited PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions for the 2016–2017 training year by awarding grants of $25,000 each to eligible sites (to be supplemented by the sites’ institutions).

The application deadline is January 8, 2016.

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