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September 21, 2017

Concise Critical Appraisal

Optimal Position for Intubation

Education

Webcast on APP Leadership Development
Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions
Critical Care Review Resources
Free CE Opportunity
Publication for Patients and Families

SCCM News

Central Mexico Earthquake
Hurricane Maria
SCCM Journal Seeks Associate Editor
Optimal Position for Intubation

Hypoxemia is the most common complication during endotracheal intubation of critically ill adults. Intubation in the ramped position has been hypothesized to prevent hypoxemia by increasing functional residual capacity and decreasing the duration of intubation, but has never been studied outside of the operating room. Therefore, Semler et al conducted a multicenter, randomized trial comparing the ramped position with the sniffing position among 260 adults undergoing endotracheal intubation by pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows in four intensive care units between July 22, 2015, and July 19, 2016.

They found that the ramped position did not improve oxygenation during endotracheal intubation of critically ill adults compared with the sniffing position.

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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Webcast on APP Leadership Development

Register today for the upcoming webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

In an ever-changing healthcare environment, an increasing amount of nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), collectively referred to as APPs, are assuming leadership roles both on clinical teams and in organizations. However, few have been formally prepared through leadership training for the new and expanded responsibilities that come with these positions.

As a result, many APPs are challenged by tasks such as building teams, developing talent, managing change, transforming care, communicating effectively, building a business case, and managing relationships and partnerships. During this webcast, Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, AP, of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, and Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, of Saint Vincent Hospital, will introduce some foundational leadership principles and discuss leadership styles, strategies, and competencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe differences in leadership styles and define qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader
  • Discuss the language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understand the basic principles of change and change management

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM. The registration fee for this webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). Register online today 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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Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th 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.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • 2018 Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • ECMO Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and Thrive: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Preliminary Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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Critical Care Review Resources

If you weren’t able to attend the recent Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult, you can still experience the complete line of adult critical care review solutions. These resources can be customized to meet your goals, schedule, and learning style. Benefit from high-quality educational programming and flexible, effective self-study options.

ENHANCE your learning experience with the Comprehensive Board Prep Bundle: Adult.

  • Save 20%
  • Includes Self-Directed MCCRC: Adult, the Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult book, and both versions of the self-assessment
  • Available in print and electronic versions

LEARN all you need to know with the updated Self-Directed MCCRC: Adult. View didactic sessions from the 2017 course from your home or office.

REVIEW the full gamut of critical care topics in the new edition of Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult.

ASSESS your knowledge with the new edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care.

EVALUATE your critical care knowledge with the Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care, Question Sets 1 and 2.

Visit www.sccm.org/adultreview for product details and to make a purchase.

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Free CE Opportunity

The opportunity to earn free continuing education (CE) credits will expire on October 31, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph, from the 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen.

The monograph contains discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Topics include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

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

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Publication for Patients and Families

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new publication, Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patients and Families, covers 13 comprehensive topics and resources in plain language so that patients and families can make better-informed decisions about their care. This booklet is perfect for individual family use, to be offered in waiting rooms, or loaned through the hospital library.

Chapters include:

  • Sepsis: What You Should Know
  • Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
  • Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death)
  • Life Support Equipment
  • What to Expect When Your Child Is in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • And more

Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patients and Families is available for purchase in the SCCM Store using your Customer ID and password. The booklet can be purchased individually at a price of $4 for members ($5 nonmembers), or in packages of 25 at a price of $90 for members ($115 for nonmembers).

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

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Central Mexico Earthquake

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to the recent earthquake in Central Mexico. Leadership is in contact with those in the affected area and stands ready to assist and provide support. The Society has already distributed disaster response-related materials to those in the affected area and is poised to send calls for volunteers should such requests be made.

The Society has posted a number of complimentary disaster-related resources helpful in the response to earthquakes at www.sccm.org/disaster. This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to the earthquake.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at emergency@sccm.org.

If you are in the affected area, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during this disaster are so very much appreciated! We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the remainder of SCCM’s community to support you as much as possible.

Our best wishes during this challenging situation.

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Hurricane Maria

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to Hurricane Maria. Leadership is in contact with those in the affected regions and stands ready to assist and provide support. The Society has already distributed disaster response-related materials to those in the affected areas and is poised to send calls for volunteers should such requests be made.

The Society has posted a number of complimentary disaster-related resources helpful in the response to hurricanes at www.sccm.org/disaster. This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to Hurricane Maria and any other storms that may form.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at emergency@sccm.org.

If you are in the affected areas, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during this disaster are so very much appreciated! We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the remainder of SCCM’s community to support you as much as possible.

Our best wishes during this challenging situation.

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SCCM Journal Seeks Associate Editor

Research, teaching and clinical work in critical care medicine are increasingly reliant on data generated by many devices, accumulated in diverse databases, pre-processed according to unique study requirements, analyzed with sophisticated tools, and reported with composite outcomes. Readers of Critical Care Medicine rely on its reviewers and editors to evaluate manuscripts using very large datasets. The quality of the review process is intended to provide readers—clinicians and investigators alike—with reasonable assurance that the interpretations can be relied upon for integration into clinical practice. Such assurance increasingly relies upon effective application of data science and engagement of data scientists: command of the subject matter; expertise in sophisticated statistics; and advanced skills retrieving, visualizing and evaluating data (more colloquially, “hacker skills”).

Accordingly, the editorial leadership of Critical Care Medicine seeks nominations and applications for a new position: Associate Editor for Data Science (AEDS).

The AEDS will have several unique responsibilities. She/he will

  • act as the handling editor for manuscripts that are heavily dependent on complex manipulations of multiple databases. Handling editors select qualified reviewers, evaluate the reviews, make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief about final disposition, and propose editorial commentaries;
  • work with authors of accepted manuscripts to make their data cubes (multidimensional data arrays) accessible to readers using contemporary front-end visualization tools similar to those commonly employed in the business and financial industries;
  • work with authors towards design, preparation, and publication of informational graphics synthesizing authors’ results that illuminate new insights and promote new actions; and
  • write and publish editorial commentaries on selected articles

Self-nominations and recommendations should be sent to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, MCCM, at journals@sccm.org not later than October 6.

The journal will consider highly qualified individuals regardless of career stage. It is estimated that 10 hours per week will be required. As with all SCCM committee appointments, appointees must be active members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. As with all Associate Editor appointments, the term is two years with option for renewal. Associate Editors are appointed to the journal by the Editor-in-Chief and such appointments are contingent on approval by SCCM Council.

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