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September 5, 2013

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Can Surfactant Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ALI/ARDS?

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Webcast on Pediatric Guidelines from the SSC
Registration Now Open for January 2014 Ultrasound Course
Access Webcasts from the 42nd Critical Care Congress
Critical Care Training Offered to Pharmacists

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Join the Sepsis Point Prevalence Study November 7
Can Surfactant Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ALI/ARDS?

Surfactant depletion and dysfunction play an important role in the pathophysiology of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Reports have detailed impairments in surfactant activity related both to dilutional effects from leaking alveolar proteins and effects from chemical alterations by phospholipases and reactive oxygen species. Additionally, the content of large surfactant aggregates and surfactant proteins A and B, necessary to maintain alveolar integrity, are reduced secondary to problems with processing and metabolism.

As such, the notion that repletion of surfactant could improve outcomes in adult and pediatric patients with ARDS has been studied in a number of investigations. The authors of a trial published in the September issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine detail some of these works, explaining that most successes have been in small trials whose results were not replicated in larger ones.

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Webcast on Pediatric Guidelines from the SSC

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Too often we have heard of a usually healthy child’s complaints being attributed to “just the flu” or “he seemed out of sorts,” when early recognition of sepsis symptoms can mean the difference between life and death.  Overall mortality from sepsis is much lower in children than in adults in the well-resourced setting, but specific concerns related to age-specific factors must be top of mind when treating a pediatric patient with severe sepsis or septic shock.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Pediatric Guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC): Considerations for Care, will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time. SCCM Past-President Margaret M. Parker, MD, will present an hour-long program focused on applying the SSC guidelines in the pediatric population. Attendees will be able to:

  • Apply the key recommendations of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign to the care of the pediatric sepsis patient
  • Describe the special considerations in the guidelines for care of pediatric sepsis patients and the differences between adult and pediatric patients
  • Utilize data from central line placement to benefit the patient’s care

This event, part of SCCM’s SSC webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.

Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This program is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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sq-Quality-Project-Dispatch v1_0There’s Still Time to Register for End-of-Life Care Webcast
Registration is still open for the inaugural Project Dispatch series webcast, Improving End-of-Life Care through Better Clinician-Patient Communication, which will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, from the University of Washington in Seattle, will review the importance of his Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded study that focuses on ensuring patients receive the care they desire through improved patient-clinician communication. today. This webcast is support by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Registration Now Open for January 2014 Ultrasound Course

Ultrasonography has become an invaluable tool in the management of critically ill and injured patients due to its portability, ease of use and accurate evaluation. Ultrasound is relatively inexpensive and presents little threat to patients and practitioners. With demand for ultrasound on the rise and new developments in technology, it is imperative that critical care practitioners stay up to date in this advanced modality.

Obtain the latest ultrasound information available at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular course, Fundamentals of Critical Care Ultrasound, to be held January 8 and 9, 2014, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California, USA.  At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundation of ultrasound knowledge
  • Practice acquisition of high-quality images via hands-on exercises
  • Demonstrate image interpretation and utilization of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool

Register online today using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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Access Webcasts from the 42nd Critical Care Congress

Several videos featuring the industry-supported sessions from the Society’s Critical Care Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are now available free of charge at LearnICU.org. Access these presentations and earn continuing education credit:

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Critical Care Training Offered to Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation is offering a Critical Care Traineeship to pharmacists who would like specialized training in caring for critically ill or injured patients. During this five-month educational experience, pharmacists will be trained to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of critically ill patients. Trainees will receive intensive distance and experiential training that prepares them to participate within multiprofessional teams as the health professional responsible and accountable for patients’ medication-related outcomes. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2013.

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Join the Sepsis Point Prevalence Study November 7

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) will conduct a point prevalence study, the International Multicentre PREvalence Study on Sepsis (IMPRESS), on November 7, 2013, to better understand the global burden of severe sepsis and septic shock in adult patients. Conducted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, under the framework of the SSC, IMPRESS aims to help clinicians and researchers better understand the global burden of sepsis. De-identified patient-level data will be collected on patients presenting to a participating intensive care unit (ICU) or emergency department with severe sepsis or septic shock within a 24-hour period, midnight to midnight on November 7, 2013. Data collected as part of routine clinical care, including hospital and ICU characteristics, patient characteristics, severity of illness, adherence to SSC bundle elements, and mortality, will be used for this study.

Interested hospitals from all countries are encouraged to visit www.impress-ssc.com for further details or to register for the study. Instructions and information on institutional review board approvals are also provided.

Stay up to date on SSC events and resources at www.survivingsepsis.org. Recent updates include:

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