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October 6, 2016

Concise Critical Appraisal

Dysbiosis Across Multiple Body Sites in Critically Ill Adult Surgical Patients

Education

AKAACC Question Set 2 Now Available
Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric – Second Edition Available
Free, Online CE Activities on Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

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Explore Hawaii During the 46th Critical Care Congress
Dysbiosis Across Multiple Body Sites in Critically Ill Adult Surgical Patients

Current evidence suggests that symbiosis of commensal microflora play a significant role in health and illness. The effect that commensal microflora play in critical care is less well known. Yeh et al set out to assess the dynamics of colonization of critically ill surgical and trauma patients. The authors examined 32 critically ill surgical and trauma patients in a major tertiary care intensive care unit (ICU) and collected information on bacterial colonization at gastrointestinal, tracheal, urinary, oral, and skin sites.

Over the course of the study (and in comparison to healthy controls) colonization in the ICU group showed a decrease in diversity of microflora across multiple sites and a change in colonization from non-pathogenic to pathogenic bacteria.

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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AKAACC Question Set 2 Now Available

The newly released Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care Question Set 2 allows you to assess your critical care knowledge with a new, unique set of questions. This self-study tool is designed for physicians wanting to review their critical care knowledge while receiving maintenance of certification (MOC) credit. Comprising 150 questions and rationales with accompanying study materials, Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care Question Set 2 provides a comprehensive review of the whole range of critical care topics.

Participants will benefit from:

  • 150 multiple-choice questions and evidence-based rationales
  • List of keywords and references from missed questions for further study

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 5 hours of continuing education credit. Five points toward MOC in internal medicine is also available.

Purchase Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care Question Set 2 today, just $150 for members ($195 for nonmembers), 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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Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric – Second Edition Available

Purchase the second edition of Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric, available in both print and eBook format,  and increase your pediatric critical care knowledge. This new edition was developed by leading experts in the field, includes the newest research and information, and is the most complete textbook for the study of pediatric critical care.

This compendium explores 16 core knowledge areas, including:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Disease, Immunology and Inflammation
  • Renal and Electrolyte Disturbances
  • Metabolism and Endocrinology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma
  • Pharmacology
  • Anesthesiology, Pain and Sedation
  • Technical Procedures
  • Principles of Monitoring
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Core Knowledge in Scholarly Activities

Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric includes up-to-date information on the full range of pediatric critical care topics, with hundreds of charts and tables to aid study and suggested readings to guide further exploration.

The publication is available for purchase in the SCCM Store, just $195 for members ($255 for nonmembers).

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Free, Online CE Activities on Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Obtain free continuing education credits by viewing the educational content from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF), supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Available in two formats, you can choose from the webcast version, Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with ADHF, or the electronic publication, Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Monograph.

Both versions contain discussions from experts Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, of Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, Javed Butler, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, MBA, of Stony Brook University, and Peter S. Pang, MD, MS, FACEP, FACC, FAHA, of Indiana University School of Medicine. Topics include the diagnosis and classification of ADHF, existing therapies, new guidelines and safety and efficacy data for new and emerging treatment therapies, as well as strategies for individualizing therapy to improve patient outcomes. Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits.

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 (CME) 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.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

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

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Explore Hawaii During the 46th Critical Care Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has arranged discounts and special offers on exciting sightseeing activities to enhance the Congress experience.

Aha Aina, A Royal Luau
Experience Waikiki’s only oceanfront dinner show! In ancient times the Hawaiian people came together to celebrate momentous occasions. These gatherings were called ‘Aha‘aina (which translates to “gathering for a meal”). The luau will be held Monday, January 23, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The resort is located on sacred grounds and has created a modern, yet timeless Aha Aina, a Royal Luau, to honor the land’s majestic history through food, song, stories, hula, and culture—a true celebration!

To purchase discounted tickets, please call +1 808 921-4600 and use the code SCCM. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Congress Sightseeing Activities page.

Additional Sightseeing Activities
SCCM is also offering sightseeing tours for attendees who want to explore and discover all that this Pacific island paradise has to offer. Please visit the SCCM Congress activity website to make a reservation and for more details on the following:

  • Whale Watching
  • Turtle Snorkel Sail
  • Arizona Memorial Excursion
  • Diamond Head Crater Adventure
  • Jurassic Park Waterfalls Adventure
  • Volcano Tour
  • And much more!
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