2019 Congress Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 48th Critical Care Congress? The deadline to submit your suggestion for possible inclusion in the 2019 program is January 31, 2018.

Session proposals are submitted using the Congress Session Builder on MySCCM.org under the MY INVOLVEMENT tab. You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. Multiple sessions may be suggested for consideration. For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Please note: The Congress Program Planning Committee reserves the right to change, alter, merge, and reject sessions, titles, content, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Informing Patient Decisions Through Video

Understanding the concepts associated with deciding a patient’s code status can be difficult for patients and family members. To help overcome some of the barriers to their ability to make informed code status choices, some institutions have used videos to explain these difficult concepts. Merino et al (J Hosp Med. 2017;12(9):700-704) examined the effect of a video versus usual care on code status choice.

Their study findings provide further evidence that videos can impact code status choice and that videos may be a helpful adjunct for patients who must make informed decisions.

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

Optimizing Critical Care with the ABCDEF Bundle

In an article published in Beckers Healthcare (Kumar A, et al. 2017), a magazine geared toward health system executives, ICU Liberation Collaborative leaders highlight the ABCDEF bundle as a “newly packaged, high-yield opportunity” for institutions to optimize critical care services.

The ABCDEF care bundle elements, developed as part of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Campaign, individually and collectively can help reduce delirium, improve pain management, and reduce long-term consequences for adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

Implementing the ABCDEF bundle is one way to maximize the efficiency of care, reduce costs, improve quality and optimize the safety of care associated with ICU services. This includes post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), a health condition following critical illness characterized by post-ICU-acquired dementia and physical and psychological impairments. Stressing that administrator support is essential in implementing and sustaining the ABCDEF bundle, the authors make a strong case for healthcare leaders to become better stewards of available resources, such as those provided by the ICU Liberation initiative.

For example, within seven community hospitals in California, in a study of over 6,000 patients that adjusted for severity of illness and age, the authors found a 15% higher odds of survival for every 10% improvement in overall bundle compliance by the ICU teams. They also reported a similar increase in the number of days alive without delirium or coma (thus able to have meaningful interactions with their family and loved ones).

“While policymakers and healthcare financiers are looking to improve the value of care purchased, innovations like the ICU Liberation Collaborative provide a roadmap of not only delivering such care in a location that is well-known for its high cost of care, but also aims to decrease the sequelae of such care via reductions in the toll that PICS takes on both patients and their families,” the authors conclude.

Learn more about SCCM’s ICU Liberation Campaign and access ABCDEF bundle resources by visiting www.iculiberation.org.

Discovery Call for Proposals

Gain valuable peer feedback on your clinical proposal by submitting your clinical research proposal to Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network. Proposals will be accepted from January 15, 2018, through March 12, 2018.

Submit your proposal online today.

Accepted proposals will be presented at a 2018 Clinical Investigators Meeting, where investigators will receive:

  • An opportunity to obtain written feedback on their proposal from the Discovery Steering Committee before they present at the meeting
  • Peer feedback and discussion on the presented proposal
  • Access to site expansion opportunities for their research
  • Formal letter endorsing the proposal from Discovery, the Critical Research Network, which may aid in future funding requests

2018 Clinical Investigator Meetings

  • May 21, 2018: This meeting will be held during the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference in San Diego, California, USA.
  • October 1, 2018: This meeting will be held at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

Program Directors’ Luncheon

Not just for program directors! Calling all those interested in curriculum development and the training of successful critical care professionals. You are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors Luncheon, to be held Monday, February 26, 2018, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. This luncheon is designed to provide discussion of current and important issues within multiprofessional critical care postgraduate education.

Please note that the session requires advance registration and an additional fee to attend. To register, visit the Congress program page.

Congress Plenary Sessions

Attend thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress. Plenary sessions are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

How Critical Illness Affects the Brain . . . and Vice Versa
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FNCS, MCCM

Rethinking Mentorship
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN

Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD

Military Lessons Learned for the Modern ICU
Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS

Sepsis: A Threat That Needs a Global Solution
Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD

Bioelectronic Medicine: A Jump-Start in Critical Illness
Kevin Tracey, MD

Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them from a Global Perspective
Steve A. Webb, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACP, FCICM, FAAHMS

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Congress Attendee Travel Alert

Starting on January 22, 2018, some U.S. travelers will need an alternative form of ID for domestic air travel, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The changes are connected with new identification standards required by the REAL ID Act, which requires U.S. travelers to have a driver’s license that meets federal standards—or an alternative form of identification—for domestic flights.

All U.S. Congress attendees who will be flying to San Antonio should check with the TSA to see whether their state is compliant with the new domestic travel requirements. Travelers from states that are compliant may use their driver’s licenses or state IDs.

The TSA has confirmed that U.S. travelers may use alternative forms of identification, such as U.S. passports, military IDs, or permanent resident cards.

Translations of Sepsis Guidelines

In its effort to reduce mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released translations of its guidelines in several languages:

Titled “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016,” the guidelines were originally published in the March 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Access the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines online and download the translations for free.

Prehospital Antibiotics for Sepsis

Due to the high prevalence, morbidity, and mortality of sepsis, its early recognition and treatment has become a target for research and quality improvement over the past decade. Timely administration of antibiotics presumably improves outcomes. Therefore, Alam et al (Lancet Respir Med. 2017. [Epub ahead of print]) set out to identify whether diagnosis of sepsis and administration of antibiotics in the prehospital setting has an impact on survival.

Their study findings determined that they cannot recommend the initiation of antibiotics in septic patients in the prehospital setting.

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.

Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you have not checked out our iCritical Care podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at www.sccm.org/iCriticalCare.

SCCM Pod-357 Initial Crystalloid Resuscitation in Sepsis and Septic Shock

SCCM Pod-356 Repeated Critical Illness and Unplanned Readmissions to PICUs

SCCM Pod-355 The Epidemiology of Hospital Death Following Pediatric Severe Sepsis

SCCM Pod-354 The Septic Shock 3.0 Definition and Trials

SCCM Pod-353 Are Biomarkers Ready for Prime Time?

CDC Reports Seasonal Influenza Activity Increase

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent FluView Activity Update, seasonal influenza activity has increased sharply in the United States, with 36 states now reporting widespread flu activity.

While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness. The CDC recommends the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Visit the CDC’s current FluView and FluView Interactive for more information.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine also has numerous resources related to influenza at www.sccm.org/disaster.

2018 MCCKAP Reduced Registration Rates

Reduced registration rates are ending soon for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). Save $50 when you register by January 10, 2018.

The MCCKAP examination will be administered online from March 6 to 13, 2018, and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and individual fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each individual fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs or it can be used by individuals to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the test. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Register by January 10, 2018, to save on registration.

Pediatric and Neonatal Ultrasound Course

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal course, which will take place February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Limited seats remain.

During this course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Additional course benefits include:

  • Complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio
  • A review of the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians, nurses, and physician assistants

Seats are filling fast for this popular course, which will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend the ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend the ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration page.

Congress Discounted Registration Ends

Register by Wednesday, January 17, 2018, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress and save up to $85 off the registration fee.

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

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. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by January 26, 2018.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Please note: Registration and housing for the 2018 Congress are handled exclusively by SCCM and Orchid Events. Housing reservations should be made only through the 2018 SCCM Congress website. If you are contacted by anyone besides SCCM promoting registration and/or housing for Congress, please contact SCCM Customer Service.

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