Age of Red Cells for Transfusion and Outcomes

Blood banks usually function by issuing the oldest available, patient-compatible products first. The goal is to preserve viability and functionality of cells and minimize waste of blood products.  Previous studies have shown conflicting evidence as to whether transfusion of older blood products is related to increased mortality. Therefore, Cooper et al set out to determine whether transfusion of older red blood cells (RBC) increased mortality for critically ill patients.

Their study findings support the current practice of using the oldest available RBCs for transfusion of critically ill adults, since there does not seem to be a benefit of using the freshest available RBCs.

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.

APP Leadership On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, Surgical Critical Care of Saint Vincent Hospital, and Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, Advanced Practice, of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, cover the following topics:

  • Qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader, including differences in leadership styles
  • Language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understanding the basic principles of change and change management

Moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers On Demand can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Focal Seizures CE Series

Making the Connection: Improving ICU Healthcare Teams’ Response and Management of Focal Seizures is a two-part complimentary interactive educational program designed to improve the diagnosis and management of focal seizures in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Part 2 of the series, Multidisciplinary Care of the Critical Care Patient with Seizures, is now available. Join expert faculty as they continue the discussion on current and emerging therapies and strategies to overcome specific epilepsy-related challenges in the critical care patient.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from UCB, Inc., and is jointly provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 0.5 hours of continuing medical education/continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through September 2018.

Part 1 of the series, Early Diagnosis and Individualized Management of Focal Seizures in the Intensive Care Unit, is available in the SCCM store.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service with any questions.

Secure Your Seat for Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses which feature a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Limited seats are available for these popular courses.

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

  • High-quality education from nationally recognized faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others
  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice​​
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A review by field experts on 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 and nurses

Both courses will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration page.

The World Day of the Critical Lung

On November 17, 2017, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will partner in the first edition of The World Day of the Critical Lung, hosted by the Pan American and Iberian Federation of Critical Medicine and Intensive Care Societies.

This free global, bilingual (Spanish and English) online event will feature well-recognized professionals from around the world and provide updates on advances in the field of critical lung care and treatment of patients with severe lung diseases. Visit the event website for more information and to register.

Critical Care Community Hurricane Response

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) was recently profiled on the .orgCommunity website in recognition of its response to Hurricane Maria. The article highlights the various efforts of the Society and the response of the critical care community in providing aide to those in Puerto Rico. We thank all the members of the critical care community who responded to calls for volunteers and who shipped non-medical supplies in our Amazon donation drive. Special thanks also is due to our vendor partners, who donated medical supplies to those in need on the island. Look for the Giving Issue of Critical Connections in November for a full profile on SCCM’s response to the hurricanes that impacted the critical care community.

Congress Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 48th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by January 31, 2018, for possible inclusion in the 2019 program.

You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. You may submit multiple sessions 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.

The 2019 Congress will be held in San Diego, California, USA, February 17 to 20, 2019. Registration opens June 2018.

Discover San Antonio at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress is quickly approaching! During your stay in San Antonio, make plans to see the sights and experience the unique culture of the host city.

  • Visit the Alamo, the site of a pinnacle battle in 1836 during the Texas Revolution March.
  • Explore the Riverwalk on foot or by open-air barge. The Riverwalk features an assortment of restaurants, theaters, shops, and entertainment.
  • Check out Market Square, which highlights the rich culture of San Antonio and boasts an abundance of family-owned cafes, working artists, and the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande.
  • Tour the Spanish Missions, which contain historically and architecturally significant sculptures and other important cultural resources.
  • Take an outing to La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. This historic village houses shops, art galleries, and many restaurants.

Discover what makes San Antonio unforgettable. Visit www.sccm.org/SanAntonio for more information.

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. Register online today.

APP Webcast On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Vishal Bakshi, PA-C, Chief APP Intensivist of Emory Healthcare, and Deborah E. Stein, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Clinical Program Director, NP Fellowship, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, cover the following topics:

  • Importance of a strong onboarding process
  • Mentorship and collegial relationships
  • Tracking methods that can be incorporated into performance metrics

Moderated by Roy H. Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency On Demand, can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

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.

The MCCKAP examination is offered online 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 fellows 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)

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. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 22, 2017.

Outcomes of Mandated Sepsis Bundles

It is a requirement in some hospitals to follow protocols for the early identification and treatment of sepsis. However, there is controversy about whether more rapid treatment of sepsis improves outcomes in patients. Therefore, Seymour et al set out to determine the association between the time until completion of the 3-hour bundle and risk-adjusted mortality.

They found that more rapid completion of the 3-hour bundle of sepsis care and rapid antibiotics, but not rapid completion of an initial bolus of intravenous fluids, were associated with lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality.

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.

THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the third round of seed grants to foster an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. These groups will offer survivors mutual support and the opportunity to share solutions to the challenges of recovery after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

The goal of these grants is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing an international network.

Applications are now open and close on November 3, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Phase 2 of the THRIVE Program

The THRIVE initiative aims to help educate patients, their families, and the healthcare community about post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and provides resources for how to thrive after an ICU stay. There are a few openings for members to serve on the THRIVE Task Force. Interested members should send an email to president@sccm.org with a brief statement on why you are interested in serving.

ICU Liberation On Demand

The latest version of ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand is now available for purchase. Experience all the same didactic sessions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) live 2017 ICU Liberation and Animation conference, held in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, from the comfort and convenience of your home or office, an ideal solution for those who are unable to leave the workplace for training.

Learn about implementation strategies and approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team. Internationally recognized faculty present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs.

Videos containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from every session of the live course are provided in a searchable format, so you can access the entire program as if you were there. Once you have purchased ICU Liberation and Animation On Demand, you can access it as often as you like by logging into MySCCM.org.

Purchase online using your Customer ID and password for the price of $155 for members ($195 nonmembers). For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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