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October 15, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

Comparing Utility of First-Line Vasoactive Drugs in Pediatric Septic Shock

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Register for the 2016 Study Mission and Excursion to India
2016 MCCKAP Registration Open
Sepsis Without Walls On Demand is Now Available
Controversies in Fluid Resuscitation On Demand is Now Available

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Participate in SCCM Journal Club Twitter Chat
Participate in Survey on Moral Responsibilities in Critical Care
Experience Some of Central Florida’s Theme Park Attractions at Congress
Access Educational Content on ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Implementation
Comparing Utility of First-Line Vasoactive Drugs in Pediatric Septic Shock

There have been many international consensus statements on the diagnosis and management of pediatric sepsis and septic shock during the past few decades. However, because of the complexity and variability in the presentation and natural course of the disease, specific recommendations regarding the ideal vasoactive agent remain controversial. Ventura et al used clinical and laboratory parameters to determine whether children with fluid-refractory septic shock would benefit more from a potent inotrope (i.e., epinephrine) than from dopamine.

Overall, the study suggested a significant benefit to using epinephrine as a first-line agent (compared to dopamine).

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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Register for the 2016 Study Mission and Excursion to India

Registration is now open for a unique opportunity to earn continuing education credits while visiting local intensive care units in northern India during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to India, which will be held March 8-18, 2016. Participants will meet with their colleagues in a number of local hospitals and clinics in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and will also visit various historical sites in these cities. These historical sites include the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat in Delhi; the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra; and the Amber Fort, Palace of Winds and the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.

The opportunity to explore the culture and scenery of central India is also available, during SCCM’s Excursion to India, which will be held March 17-23, 2016, immediately following the Study Mission. Participants will visit the Khajuraho stone temples, participate in tiger safaris in the Bandhavgarh National Park and visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park in Mumbai.

Register online for the Study Mission to India and Excursion to India using your Customer ID and password. For complete details, including the preliminary agenda and terms and conditions, please visit the event webpage. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Please note that the Study Mission to India and the Excursion to India are two separate events. You must register for each event that you wish to attend. Study Mission attendance is not required to register for the Excursion to India.

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2016 MCCKAP Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 3 to 11, 2016.

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 analyses are available to both the examinee and the program director upon completion of the examination. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive the best rates, register by November 25, 2015.

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Sepsis Without Walls On Demand is Now Available

Sepsis Without Walls On Demand is now available for purchase. Experience the same didactic sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) live 2015 Sepsis Without Walls course from the comfort of your home or office. With searchable slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio, you can access the entire program as if you were there.

Sepsis Without Walls On Demand provides strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of their care unit. A multiprofessional panel of leading experts focuses on problem solving through case studies and developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

SCCM members can purchase Sepsis Without Walls On Demand for $155. Cost for nonmembers is $195.

Once you have purchased Sepsis Without Walls On Demand, you can access it as often as you like by logging in to MySCCM.org using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Controversies in Fluid Resuscitation On Demand is Now Available

The recent webcast, Controversies in Fluid Resuscitation: A Clinical Debate on Colloids Versus Crystalloids, is now available for purchase On Demand. Advance your knowledge of fluid resuscitation with this offering from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, held in collaboration with SCCM’s Physician Assistant Section.

Controversies in Fluid Resuscitation: A Clinical Debate on Colloids Versus Crystalloids On Demand allows you to access the video containing slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from the event. Enjoy this access from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and review the content on your own time and at your own pace.

Available in the SCCM Store, Controversies in Fluid Resuscitation: A Clinical Debate on Colloids Versus Crystalloids On Demand can be purchased for $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

Once you have made your purchase, you can access the materials as often as you like by logging in to MySCCM.org using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Participate in SCCM Journal Club Twitter Chat

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Social Media Task Force is hosting its first-ever Journal Club Twitter chat. The chat will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, October 29, 2015.

Christopher Seymour, MD, will be discussing his Critical Care Medicine article, County-Level Effects of Prehospital Regionalization of Critically Ill Patients: A Simulation Study, with moderator and SCCM Social Media Task Force Co-chair Anthony Gerlach, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FCCM. Join Dr. Seymour (@seymoc) and Dr. Gerlach (@SICUPharmD) in this highly informative discussion. Come prepared with any relevant questions you may have for Dr. Seymour and make sure to use #SCCMJC in your tweets.

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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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Experience Some of Central Florida’s Theme Park Attractions at Congress

Central Florida is home to many exciting theme parks. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has arranged the following discounts and special offers to enhance the Congress experience. For more information, visit the Congress Sightseeing Activities page.

Universal Orlando Parks

At Universal Orlando® Resort you’ll find two spectacular theme parks, nonstop nightlife and more, all in one convenient location. Experience the pulse-pounding thrills of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Take a starring role in some of the biggest movies and TV shows ever created at Universal Studios®. And enjoy the best in restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, movies and more at Universal CityWalk®. It’s an entire universe of action, fun and excitement that takes you where you never thought you’d go.

Purchase tickets online and access special ticket options not available anywhere else!

Note: Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Walt Disney World® Resort

Special ticket offers and pricing are available to Critical Care Congress attendees and accompanying family or guests. Purchase exclusive afternoon (after 2:00 p.m. and after 4:00 p.m.) tickets and special discounted multiday tickets online or by calling +1 407 566-5600. Multiday tickets include an additional complimentary admission to one of the following Disney Experiences:

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • A round of golf at Disney’s Winter Summerland or Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4:00 p.m.) or Disney’s Oak Trail 9-hole Golf Course
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Special events excluded. Admission to general area only.)

Note: The cutoff date for advance purchase savings is February 19, 2016. If you choose to book a hotel at a Disney property, you will be responsible for your own daily transportation to and from the Orange County Convention Center located on International Drive.

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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Access Educational Content on ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Implementation

Educational content centered on ABCDEF Bundle implementation strategies are now available in PDF format on the ICU Liberation website.

Implementing the A Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (2.5 MB)

Implementing the B Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.8 MB)

Implementing the C Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1 MB)

Implementing the D Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.6 MB)

Implementing the E Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.3 MB)

Implementing the F Component of the ABCDEF Bundle (1.5 MB)

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility, along with educating and empowering patients and families.

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