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October 20, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Cellular Mechanisms of Prevention of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Education

Register for Adult or Pediatric Current Concepts Courses
Limited Seats Available for January Ultrasound Courses
2018 Congress Call for Session Proposals
Now Available: Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement
New Self-Directed Adult and Pediatric Board Review
Registration Open for 2017 MCCKAP Examination

SCCM News

Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Drug Shortage Alert
ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Program
Cellular Mechanisms of Prevention of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Ischemic preconditioning is the phenomenon whereby brief periods of sublethal ischemia protect against a subsequent, more prolonged, ischemic insult. In remote ischemic preconditioning, ischemia to one organ protects other organs at a distance. Olenchock et al created mouse models to ask if inhibition of the alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase Egln1, which senses oxygen and regulates the hypoxia-inducible factor transcription factor, could suffice to mediate local and remote ischemic preconditioning.

Using somatic gene deletion and a pharmacological inhibitor, they found that inhibiting Egln1 systemically or in skeletal muscles protects mice against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury.

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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Register for Adult or Pediatric Current Concepts Courses

Enhance and update your critical care knowledge by attending Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care or Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care, which will be held on January 20 and 21, 2017, before the 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. These two-day multidisciplinary courses are updated annually and deliver the latest clinical information relevant to patients in the intensive care unit.

Registration for Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care includes a copy of the 2017 edition of Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care and access to the On Demand version of the course. The interactive live course will include presentations on select topics, such as:

  • Seizures and acute intracranial hypertension management
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Sepsis
  • Liver transplant
  • Fluid management in septic shock

Registration for Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care includes a copy of the 2017 edition of Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care and access to the On Demand version of the course. This year, topic areas will include updates on new and cutting-edge approaches in the following areas:

  • Infections
  • Surgical developments
  • Technology
  • The specialized pediatric intensive care unit

Space for each course is limited, so register early for Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care or Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

If you plan to attend a course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you plan to attend a course and not Congress, register in the SCCM store by searching the course title. If you are currently registered for Congress, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to add a pre-Congress educational session to your existing registration and for answers to any of your questions.

Build your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients by attending SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress, to be held January 21 to 25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, 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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Limited Seats Available for January Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day courses Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric, which will take place on January 25 and 26, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Limited seats are available and these courses are expected to sell out.

Assist in the immediate management of patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care ultrasound skills. Benefits of the ultrasound courses include:

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice.
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency.
  • Continuing medical education credit hours, 18.5 hours for the adult course and 19 hours for the pediatric course, available to physicians and nurses.
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures.
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one faculty ratio.

Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. The text covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations. This book is a must-have for healthcare professionals who are interested in or currently practicing critical care ultrasound.

Both courses will follow SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric 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 have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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2018 Congress Call for Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by March 3, 2017, for possible inclusion in the 2018 program.

Session proposals are submitted using the Congress Session Builder on MySCCM.org under the MY INVOLVEMENT tab. You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. Multiple sessions may be suggested 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, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

In 2018, SCCM will bring the critical care community to San Antonio, Texas, USA. Everything is bigger in Texas and the 47th Critical Care Congress will encourage you to embrace new perspectives and develop innovative ideas that push beyond limitations and challenge the current state of critical care. We invite you to join us February 24 to 28, 2018, for the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year. Registration opens June 2017.

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Now Available: Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement

Gain strategies for effectively implementing sedation liberation and promoting patient mobility with Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement, a new online training course developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement is designed to help you create a lean, sustainable and highly functional multiprofessional intensive care unit (ICU) team.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Recognize valid and reliable assessment tools to prevent and manage pain, agitation and delirium in ICU patients, using the ABCDEF Bundle
  • Develop strategies for integrating an multiprofessional team culture
  • Identify weaknesses or gaps in current ABCDEF Bundle practice and data collection
  • Assess skills using case vignettes and self-assessment tools

Participants will employ a template to assess sample patient data and identify areas for improvement. The course also uses tests to evaluate weaknesses and identify opportunities for bundle implementation to improve patient care. Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement includes eight narrated, interactive lesson modules. Physicians and nurses are eligible to receive 7 hours of continuing education credit.

Purchase Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement today at the price of $185 for members ($225 for nonmembers). If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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New Self-Directed Adult and Pediatric Board Review

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Self-Directed Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course: Adult (MCCBRC) and Self-Directed Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course: Pediatric (MCCBRC) provide a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the live courses. MCCBRC is the preferred resource for critical care professionals seeking a comprehensive review of content focused on the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

Learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and then assess your knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 41.75 hours of continuing education credit upon completion of the adult course. 36 hours of continuing education credit are available to physicians, nurses and pharmacists upon completion of the pediatric course. Maintenance of Certification credits are also available for both courses. Registrants have two years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.

Enhance your learning experience by purchasing the Comprehensive Board Prep Bundle. Available in adult and pediatric versions.

For more details, visit www.sccm.org/adultboardreview or www.sccm.org/pediatricboardreview. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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Registration Open for 2017 MCCKAP Examination

Registration is now open 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.

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.

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

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.

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 16, 2016.

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Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Drug Shortage Alert

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Drug Shortages Committee has developed a comprehensive guide for responding to the current intravenous sodium bicarbonate shortage.

The Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage Alert provides pertinent information on the shortage’s impact on intensive care unit care. It also details related management strategies, pharmacotherapeutic considerations and safety implications.

Visit www.sccm.org/currentissues to access all Drug Shortage Alerts, including those addressing:

  • Fosphenytoin Injection
  • Alternative Medications for Procedural Sedation
  • Electrolyte Medication Shortages
  • Web Resources
  • Intravenous Loop Diuretics
  • General Considerations
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ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Program

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant Program.

The ASHP Foundation will award $25,000 grants to eligible institutions. The goal of this program is to expand the number of ASHP-accredited PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions for the 2017-2018 training year.

The deadline to submit applications is January 6, 2017.

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