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September 17, 2015

Concise Critical Appraisal

What Is the Incidence of Subclinical and Clinical Seizures in Pediatric TBI?

Education

On-Site Registration Available for Sepsis Without Walls Conference
Webcast on Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU

SCCM News

Participate in a Pre-Congress Educational Session
New Article Spotlights ICU Liberation Initiative
Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge
Reminder: Participate in International Survey on CLABSI
What Is the Incidence of Subclinical and Clinical Seizures in Pediatric TBI?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children. The primary medical management of TBI relies on minimization of secondary injury. Posttraumatic seizures are relatively common and can cause secondary injury or worsen other sources of secondary injury. O’Neill et al sought to determine the incidence of seizures in children with TBI using a protocol for early continuous electroencephalography monitoring.

This study affirmed that posttraumatic seizures are relatively common in pediatric patients with TBI.

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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On-Site Registration Available for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

On-site registration will be available on Friday, September 25, 2015, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) Sepsis Without Walls conference, which will be held at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. A staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk in the Turner Concourse beginning at 7:00 a.m. on September 25.

SCCM is partnering with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to offer this one-day interactive conference, which will focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of the care unit in which they are located. Early detection of sepsis, with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, appears to be the single most important factor in reducing morbidity and mortality from sepsis. Join the multiprofessional panel of leading experts who will focus on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify cutting-edge diagnostic algorithms for pathogen identification in sepsis
  • Analyze and implement sepsis pathways for patients who are not yet located in the intensive care unit
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of current infection control practices
  • Summarize effective antibiotic recommendations for common nosocomial infections

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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Webcast on Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU

Register today for Early Progressive Mobility in the ICU – AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project, the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ICU Liberation series. It will explore the implementation of an early progressive mobility protocol by Duke Raleigh Hospital’s medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU), under the guidance of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy.

The goal of this protocol was to decrease ICU lengths of stay and ventilator days, while increasing mobility and positive patient outcomes through reduced incidence of hospital-acquired infections and complications.

Implementation of the protocol has resulted in a large number of successful outcomes, a strengthened ICU team and a collaborative interprofessional culture in the unit. Presenters will discuss the team’s approach to implementation, project planning and protocol structure. They will also highlight challenges, qualitative and quantitative outcomes, and meaningful patient stories.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify different goals and strategies for successful implementation of an early progressive mobility protocol for critically ill patients, including tests of change, staff education, interprofessional collaboration, and addressing perceived barriers
  • Discuss initial and sustained outcomes and measurements resulting from the project
  • Describe how meaningful recognition and nurse leadership impact the success or failure of a project of this scale

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This webcast is held in collaboration with Project Dispatch, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and AACN.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an ICU stay.

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Participate in a Pre-Congress Educational Session

Review airway management principles or discover the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) popular Fundamentals courses by participating in a pre-Congress educational session. These full-day courses will be held on February 20, 2016, before the 45th Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend either course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you have already registered for Congress, please contact SCCM Customer Service to add either course to your existing registration.

Adult Airway Management in the Critically Ill
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This hands-on course will provide information on airway anatomy, management of the difficult airway, anatomic surprises, airway devices, and pharmacologic support. The afternoon will consist of skill stations for direct laryngoscopy, percutaneous and surgical cricothyroidotomy, channeled and non-channeled airway devices, and King airway insertion and removal.

Fundamentals Faculty Academy
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This single-day course will introduce intensivists and other intensive care unit clinicians to Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) and Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM). Offered for both those interested in bringing FCCS, PFCCS or FDM to their institutions and individuals from institutions currently hosting a Fundamentals course, leading course consultants and developers will share strategies for ways to improve how the course is provided within a variety of environments. In addition, each registrant will be able to choose a complimentary version of Self-Directed FCCS, Self-Directed PFCCS, or Self-Directed FDM.

To view other available precourses, visit the Congress Program page.

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 Article Spotlights ICU Liberation Initiative

You are encouraged to read the following article, “Undone in the ICU,” which recently appeared in Vanderbilt Medicine, a magazine published by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The article centers on efforts to better measure, understand and treat delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU). It also explores efforts to mitigate the long-term impact of delirium on ICU patients.

Discussed throughout is the work of Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM, as co-chair of the ICU Liberation Initiative and as leader of Vanderbilt’s ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. Both ABCDEF Bundle implementation and SCCM’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit are featured. So, too, is the ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Improvement Collaborative, which involves 77 U.S. hospital ICUs committed to improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the bundle.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility.

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Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge

Show us what you’ve got! The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) App Challenge seeks to harness the creativity and talent of the critical care community by collecting ideas for mobile tools while also highlighting potential partnership opportunities. We want your best ideas for mobile technology that can improve the delivery of critical care and/or enhance the patient and family experience. Applications are due October 1, 2015.

The App Challenge has two submission tiers: one for ideas and concepts, the other for projects already developed or in prototype.

Tier 1 – Ideas and Concepts

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish there was an app for that,” but don’t have the expertise, resources or time to turn your idea into a reality, this is your opportunity. Submit your mobile app idea to the SCCM App Challenge.

Tier 2 – Prototype or Developed App

Tier 2 is for ideas that are in some stage of development, from a prototype to a fully functioning app.

Entries in both tiers will be evaluated on numerous criteria, including development feasibility (especially for Tier 1 submissions) and the potential impact on patient and family care and/or clinical practice.

The top two entries in each tier will receive complimentary registration to SCCM’s 45th Critical Care Congress.

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Reminder: Participate in International Survey on CLABSI

You are invited to participate in an international survey on the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units.

This survey was created by a team from the Healthcare Associated Infections Unit, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Belgium, in collaboration with the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, part of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The Society of Critical Care Medicine joins the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, and the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in distributing this survey.

This survey seeks to document knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding CLABSI prevention in intensive care units worldwide. The team conducting this survey recently carried out a similar survey on prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia, which gathered replies from 61 countries.

The survey is aimed at medical doctors and nurses working in intensive care units worldwide. It is provided in 10 languages for ease of use by respondents. The survey is short and can be completed in 10 minutes.

English
Spanish
Mandarin
Japanese
Portuguese
German
Russian
Italian
French
Dutch

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