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SCCM Pod-231: Family Presence: Evidence vs. Emotion

Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM speaks with Cathie Guzzetta, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN, Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Guzzetta has been mentoring nurses and physicians in conducting family presence research and developing family presence programs since the mid-1990s. She will discuss Family Presence during CPR and invasive procedures. This podcast made possible through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in support of Project Dispatch — Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals. Learn more at (Project Dispatch)

SCCM Pod-230: Pulmonary Artery Catheters in ICU Patients

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Hayley Beth Gershengorn, MD, lead author on an article published in the August Critical Care Medicine, "Understanding Changes in Established Practice: Pulmonary Artery Catheter Use in Critically Ill Patients." Study investigators found that use of pulmonary artery catheters in intensive care unit (ICU) patients has declined with significant variation across units, with most removal occurring in non-surgical ICUs and patients. Dr. Gershengorn is an Intensivist and Pulmonary Physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York. She is also Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. (Crit Care Med. 2013; 41[12] 2667-2676

SCCM Pod-229: Lifetime Achievement Award, Sepsis Research

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Mitchell P. Fink, MD, FCCM, who is the 2013 recipient of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Lifetime Achievement Award; he discusses his background in critical care, as well as his research endeavors in sepsis and the future of this disease. Dr. Fink is Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Program for Critical Care Medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. He also serves as Professor in Residence in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Anesthesiology at UCLA.

SCCM Pod-228 CCM: Screening Criteria for Palliative Care

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Judith Nelson, MD, JD, lead author on an article published in the October issue of Critical Care Medicine, "Choosing and Using Screening Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation in the Intensive Care Unit: A Report from the IPAL-ICU (Improving Palliative Care in the ICU) Advisory Board." The authors found that use of specific criteria to prompt proactive referral for palliative care consultation seems to help reduce utilization of ICU resources without changing mortality, while increasing involvement of palliative care specialists for critically ill patients and families in need. Dr. Nelson is professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, USA. She is also the director of the IPAL-ICU Project. (Crit Care Med. 2013;41(10):2318-2327.)

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