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SCCM Pod-222: Therapeutic Hypothermia in Children
Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Philip E. Empey, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, about his Young Investigator Award-winning abstract, “Phenytoin Concentrations Are Elevated in Children Receiving Therapeutic Hypothermia Following Traumatic Brain Injury,” which he presented on during the 42nd Critical Care Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His research found that therapeutic hypothermia significantly reduced phenytoin elimination in children with severe traumatic brain injury, leading to increased, supratherapeutic drug levels for an extended time after cooling. Dr. Empey is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Released: 7/24/13

SCCM Pod-221: Improving Patient and Family Satisfaction in the Surgical ICU
Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Matthew Lissauer, MD, FACS, to discuss his surgical intensive care unit’s efforts to improve the care provided to critically ill and injured patients and their families. His efforts were rewarded when his institution received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2013 Patient and Family-Centered Care Award. Their efforts have led to a noticeable improvement in communication, patient satisfaction, collegiality, and discussion of issues with people who aren’t often in the ICU. Dr. Lissauer is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Clinically, he is an acute care surgeon, surgical intensivist and the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

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