Survey: Evaluating the Approach to Fever in the Intensive Care Unit

You are encouraged to participate in a survey evaluating the approach to fever in the intensive care unit (ICU). This survey is being conducted by a pulmonary critical care fellow and surgical intensivist at the University of Minnesota.

Fever in the ICU is sometimes controlled by medication or physical means to improve outcomes and the comfort of febrile patients. However, fever is ill defined, and fever control is not standardized. The objective of the study related to this survey is to examine how healthcare providers from different specialties approach fever in ICU patients.

It will take you five to 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The University of Minnesota Institutional Review Board has reviewed and approved this questionnaire and research study.

Your response is greatly appreciated.

Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand is Now Available

The recent webcast, Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU, is now available for purchase On Demand. In this webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, Jan Claassen, MD, PhD, and Eva Katharina Ritzl, MD, FRCP, discuss the importance of continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) in assisting with diagnosis and management of critically ill patients and review current recommendations and indications for cEEG in the intensive care unit (ICU) beyond neurologic injury. Key aspects, logistics, expert opinions and obstacles of implementing a successful cEEG program in the ICU are explored.

Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand allows you to access a video containing the slide presentations and synchronized speaker audio from the event. Enjoy this access from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and review the content on your own time and at your own pace. This is the next best thing to attending the live event. After your purchase, you can access the materials as often as you like by logging in to www.MySCCM.org.

Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU On Demand is available for purchase in the SCCM store. The purchase price is just $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

If you participated in the live event, your subscription to the On Demand service was included in your registration fee. The materials can be accessed by logging in to www.MySCCM.org with your Customer ID and password.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence is available to guide practice decisions.

Participate in Industry Education at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care. Each year, industry partners invest significant resources in research and development, placing them at the cutting edge of clinical practice. Take advantage of one of the many industry education opportunities offered.

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

Promotional Symposia
These non-continuing medical education programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments, such as sepsis-related mortality, multidrug-resistant infections, feeding the critically ill, and the use of multimodal analgesia in treating acute pain.

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed off-site setting, and attendance is complimentary.

In-Booth Education
Visit the Exhibit Hall to gain new ideas and a heightened level of awareness on clinical topics and new technologies through in-booth learning opportunities. In-booth education will take place during normal Exhibit Hall hours:

Sunday, February 21, 2016  –  9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Monday, February 22, 2016  –  9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016  –   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops
Attend a session on the show floor at the exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops, located in the Exhibit Hall. Increase your learning opportunities and gain insight on a late-breaking technology or clinical technique.

For full details, visit the Congress Industry Education Web page.

Rapid Diagnosis of Infection in the Critically Ill

The rapid diagnosis of infection and early initiation of appropriate antimicrobials is essential to optimizing an intensive care unit patient’s chances of survival. However, current culture-based pathogen identification is slow and unreliable. In contrast, polymerase chain reaction followed by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (PCR/ESI-MS) does not depend on the growth of organisms in culture and may offer a distinct advantage over currently available methods. The Rapid Diagnosis of Infections in the Critically Ill (RADICAL) study is a multicenter observational study conducted by Vincent et al, with the aim of comparing results obtained using PCR/ESI-MS technology and standard culture.

The authors found that PCR/ESI-MS provides rapid pathogen identification in critically ill patients.

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.

SCCM Releases Guidelines Addressing Nutrition in Critically Ill

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently released guidelines addressing the provision and assessment of nutrition support therapy in the adult critically ill patient.

Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Adult Critically Ill Patient: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)

On a separate note, the Society also recently released a policy statement addressing shared decision making in intensive care units.

Shared Decision Making in ICUs: An American College of Critical Care Medicine and American Thoracic Society Policy Statement

ICU: CLABSI/CAUTI Boot Camp

Register today for ICU: CLABSI/CAUTI Boot Camp, which will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are among the most common preventable causes of mortality in the United States, affecting one out of every 25 hospitalized patients. They are a significant cause of illness, death and excess cost in all healthcare settings. Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are common types of healthcare-associated infection.

This afternoon session will review clinical interventions to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI in the intensive care unit (ICU), present strategies for organizational change and discuss ICUs that have successfully implemented quality improvement programs.

The ICU: CLABSI/CAUTI Boot Camp will be held before the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 45th Critical Care Congress on February 20, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida, USA. Register online by February 1, 2016, to secure your seat.

Complimentary registration is made possible by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Attend a Breakfast Symposium at Congress

Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances in patient care during the educational symposia at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress. Each stimulating session is presented by leading experts in critical care and offers a thorough analysis of the developments and issues affecting most intensive care unit (ICU) environments. These sessions are complimentary for all Congress registrants, and no additional registration is needed to attend.

Bleeding Management and Reversal Strategies for the DOAC Patient: New and Future Approaches
Supported by an educational grant from Portola Pharmaceuticals
This session will examine general approaches and prothrombin complex concentrates. Reversal strategies for dabigatran and Xa inhibitors will also be reviewed.

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
This session will explore invasive fungal infections in the critical care setting and how to identify and overcome diagnostic challenges. Managing at-risk patients and optimizing antifungal therapy will also be discussed.

Improving Clinical Outcomes and Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.
This session will offer an overview of epidemiology and current guidelines for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, as well as strategies for implementing a pathogen-directed approach to tailoring therapies and new and emerging therapeutic options for treatment.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen
This session will review the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy, and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacological treatment of chronic heart failure will be discussed.

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Risk-Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.
This session will discuss the pathophysiology, etiology and epidemiology of AKI. Risk stratification scores, first-generation AKI markers and new markers of AKI and risk assessment will be examined.

Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF)
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This session will review the diagnosis and classification of ADHF, existing therapies, new guidelines and the safety and efficacy data for new and emerging treatment therapies, as well as identify strategies for individualizing therapy to improve patient outcomes.

These symposia will be held Monday, February 22, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A continental breakfast will be available before each symposium, beginning at 6:00 a.m. The sessions will start promptly at 6:30 a.m.

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password. Also, remember to secure your hotel accommodations. For more details, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

MCCKAP Advance Registration Deadline Is Approaching

The advance registration deadline is January 27, 2016, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 3 to 11, 2016.

The MCCKAP online examination assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors:

  • 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 national ranking

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the examination is offered exclusively 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.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the examination. Final results will be available approximately five weeks following the examination.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. Sign-up by January 27, 2016, to take advantage of discounted registration rates.

Preventing Early Seizures in Children with TBI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in children. Early posttraumatic seizures can exacerbate some of the metabolic and physiologic derangements seen with TBI. In a prospective observational study by Chung and O’Brien, the authors sought to evaluate the prevalence of early seizures after levetiracetam prophylaxis in children with moderate to severe TBI.

They found that early clinical posttraumatic seizures occurred frequently in children with moderate to severe TBI despite seizure prophylaxis with levetiracetam.

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.

Check out Great Resource for Patient Safety News and Research

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has merged AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) and AHRQ WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) to provide a one-stop shop for patient safety news, research and expert commentary. PSNet now combines all the features of and content from both sites, including PSNet weekly updates, WebM&M Cases and Commentaries, Perspectives on Safety, Patient Safety Primers, and more.

The new site is easy to browse on your tablet or mobile device. PSNet provides powerful searching and browsing capability, and users can choose to customize the site around their interests. To learn more, visit psnet.ahrq.gov.

PSNet publishes weekly updates on patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings. Perspectives on Safety and WebM&M Cases and Commentaries are published monthly. WebM&M Cases feature expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by readers, and continuing education credit is available for Spotlight Cases. The Perspectives on Safety section features expert viewpoints (including podcasts) on current themes in patient safety.

Previous and new WebM&M content can be accessed directly through the WebM&M Cases and Perspectives navigation links from the main menu on the PSNet home page. To read WebM&M Cases, visit psnet.ahrq.gov/webmm.

Mark Your Calendar for CPP Section Journal Club Webcast

Each month, the Society of Critical Care Medicine holds a Journal Club Webcast hosted by the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology (CPP) Section. Resident pharmacists are invited to present on leading journal articles related to critical care. These complimentary Journal Club Webcasts are held on the third Friday of each month. Mark your calendar and join your colleagues for the next event.

Journal Club Webcast
Friday, January 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

SCCM and A.S.P.E.N. Collaborative Research Workshop

Join the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) for their collaborative educational program, Research Workshop – Fat Emulsions and Protein Delivery to the Critically Ill Patient. This workshop is a precourse to A.S.P.E.N.’s Clinical Nutrition Week and will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Austin, Texas, USA.

Morning Session: The Use of New and Traditional IV Fat Emulsions in the Critically Ill Patient Population

The morning session will:

  • Focus on metabolomics/lipidomics as a new biomarker discovery science for personalized medicine in the intensive care unit
  • Explore the impact of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on specialized lipid mediators and inflammation
  • Review the published clinical and metabolic data on low-soy-based fat emulsions versus the longstanding soybean-oil-based emulsions
  • Examine the impact of different lipid emulsions on cellular structure and function
  • Examine the data behind existing guidelines for administration of fat emulsions in critical care

Afternoon Session: The Optimal Dose of Protein Provided to Critically Ill Patients: How Do We Know When Enough Is Enough?

The afternoon session will:

  • Review current literature relating to protein/amino acid administration in the critically ill patient and clinical outcomes
  • Discuss key measurement and methodological features of future studies that should be done to inform the optimal protein/amino acid dose provided to critically ill patients

Registration is handled by A.S.P.E.N. and can be completed online or by phone at +1 301 587-6315 (toll-free: +1 800 727-4567). Participants are eligible to receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. For more information, including a list of faculty and topics, visit the course webpage.

Attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric Course in February

Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in the immediate management of pediatric patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care ultrasound skills.

Attend the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric course and gain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. You will benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant. This course will be held February 19 and 20, 2016, prior to the 45th Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you wish to attend Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric and not attend Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Ultrasound. If you have already registered for Congress and would like to attend this course, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to have it added to your existing registration.

Webcast to Review ICU cEEG Programs

Review the evidence and rationale for continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) in the intensive care unit (ICU) during the webcast Continuous Electroencephalography in the ICU, the latest offering from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series.

Jan Claassen, MD, PhD, and Eva Ritzl, MD, will discuss the importance of cEEG in assisting with diagnosis and management of critically ill patients and will review current recommendations and indications for cEEG in the ICU beyond neurologic injury. Key aspects, logistics, expert opinions, and obstacles of implementing a successful cEEG program in the ICU will be explored.

This webcast will take place Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). For institutions seeking unlimited participation at a single location, a $200 group rate is available. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 for details.

This webcast is part of SCCM’s Controversies in Critical Care series and was developed in collaboration with the Neuroscience Section. The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence is available to guide practice decisions.

Page 20 of 51« First...10...1819202122...304050...Last »