Participate in Survey on Ethics Issues

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is conducting a survey as part of a research project to identify the types and frequency of ethics issues experienced by critical care providers. The survey questions center on those issues encountered in daily practice. SCCM members are invited to participate.

The online survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Responses will be confidential, and no identifying information (such as your name, email address or IP address) will be collected. Participation is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time.

Be certain to disable any pop-up blocker on your browser as you take the survey. Your assistance in completing the survey prior to the July 17 deadline is greatly appreciated.

The results will be used to inform education programming and for scholarly purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Prasad Abraham, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM, of Grady Health System at

Participate in SCCM’s App Challenge

Show us what you’ve got! The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) App Challenge seeks to harness the creativity and talent of the critical care community by collecting ideas for mobile tools while also highlighting potential partnership opportunities. We want your best ideas for mobile technology that can improve the delivery of critical care and/or enhance the patient and family experience. Applications are due October 1, 2015.

The App Challenge has two submission tiers: one for ideas and concepts, the other for projects already developed or in prototype.

Tier 1 – Ideas and Concepts

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish there was an app for that,” but don’t have the expertise, resources or time to turn your idea into a reality, this is your opportunity. Submit your mobile app idea to the SCCM App Challenge.

Tier 2 – Prototype or Developed App

Tier 2 is for ideas that are in some stage of development, from a prototype to a fully functioning app.

Entries in both tiers will be evaluated on numerous criteria, including development feasibility (especially for Tier 1 submissions) and the potential impact on patient and family care and/or clinical practice.

The top two entries in each tier will receive complimentary registration to SCCM’s 45th Critical Care Congress.

Registration Now Open for the 45th Critical Care Congress

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress, to be held February 20 to 24, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA. The Society’s annual Congress cultivates inspiration and creativity by bringing together all members of the multiprofessional, multidisciplinary team.

Join more than 6,000 critical care clinicians for this unique five-day event. Participate in cutting-edge educational sessions and hands-on workshops that expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Connect with world-renowned leaders, experience a stimulating environment of new ideas and encounter passionate perspectives. Return home to your intensive care unit refreshed and motivated to share and apply new knowledge.

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

Register early and save! Early registration and reservations are recommended. Register by December 16, 2015, and save over 15% off the Congress full rate tuition. For information on hotel and travel reservations and available discounts, visit

Reduced Registration Rates Available for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

Reserve your seat today to receive discounted registration rates for Sepsis Without Walls: Ensuring All Patients Receive Optimal, Time-Sensitive Care. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to offer this one-day interactive conference, which will be held September 25, 2015, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Early detection of sepsis, with the timely administration of appropriate antibiotics, may be the single most important factor in reducing the morbidity and mortality of sepsis. This conference will focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of the care unit in which they are located. Join the multiprofessional panel of leading experts who will focus on problem solving through case studies in developing effective strategies in specific patient populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify cutting-edge diagnostic algorithms for pathogen identification in sepsis
  • Analyze and implement sepsis pathways for patients who are not yet located in the intensive care unit
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy of current infection control practices
  • Summarize effective antibiotic recommendations for common nosocomial infections

Register online using your Customer ID and password by August 5, 2015, to receive the reduced rate, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates. A limited block of hotel rooms has been reserved for conference attendees and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your hotel reservation by August 18, 2015, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate.

Early Registration Deadline Nearing for ICU Liberation Conference

Register today to receive reduced registration rates for ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines, which will be held on September 9 and 10, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to bring you this two-day conference staffed by internationally recognized faculty who will present lectures on patient management strategies and engage participants in clinical scenarios through small-group simulation labs. Hospitals are encouraged to send a team of two or more participants who will be able to implement these strategies within their hospital’s intensive care unit after the conference.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regards to the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines and ABCDEF bundle
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions of breathing and sedation trials
  • Describe strategies for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, and immobility in the intensive care unit
  • Apply the available tools and simulate multiple patient scenarios
  • Design a culture change model for PAD monitoring and management using PDSA cycles
  • Develop and implement discipline-specific interventions in the intensive care unit

Register online using your Customer ID and password by July 15, 2015, to receive the discounted rate, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive SCCM’s discounted hotel rate, make your reservation by August 11, 2015.

Webcast to Review Ethics Relating to Recent Ebola Outbreak

Review the myriad ethical dilemmas encountered in caring for patients, families and communities during the recent Ebola outbreak in the webcast, The Ethics of Outbreaks. A collaboration of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Controversies in Critical Care series, this webcast will discuss vaccine trials, cultural imperatives and the ethics of preparing for future outbreaks.

Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General for the WHO, will explore research ethics and the use of clinical trials during the Ebola outbreak. Dr. Abha Saxena, Coordinator of Global Health Ethics for the WHO, will analyze autonomy and distributive justice as they relate to this outbreak and the cultural imperatives encountered.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the challenges faced in the implementation of clinical trials during an epidemic
  • Recognize the cultural imperatives during an outbreak
  • Discuss the challenges in forming a global plan for intervention in future outbreaks

This webcast will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This webcast was organized by SCCM’s Controversies in Critical Care series in collaboration with the WHO. The Controversies in Critical Care series is supported by SCCM’s Ethics Committee and 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.

ECMO Management Course: Early Registration Deadline Nearing

The early registration deadline for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ECMO Management course is Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Led by expert faculty, this intense two-day simulation course will explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs for both adult and pediatric patients. Participants will rotate through lectures and simulation scenarios. Each simulation group will have a maximum of 10 participants and two facilitators.

Topics include: basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different components of the ECMO circuit and diagnose equipment malfunction
  • Determine the optimal ECMO settings in diseases commonly treated by ECMO
  • Recognize and manage the most common ECMO emergencies

This course will be held August 28 and 29, 2015, at the University of Arizona Center for Simulation and Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. For more details, including hotel and travel information, visit

Impact of ICH Duration and Intensity on TBI Patients

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of permanent disability and death in young patients. Monitoring and manipulation of intracranial pressure (ICP) has been a cornerstone in the management of these patients. Güiza et al sought to determine if the cumulative ICP burden was associated with outcomes in adult and pediatric TBI patients.

The authors showed that the ICP burden, defined by intensity and duration of intracranial hypertension, was associated with outcomes in both patient groups. They also found that children cannot tolerate high ICPs for the same amount of time as adults.

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.

Register Today: 2015 Critical Care World Congress

The 12th Critical Care World Congress, whose theme is “One Step Further: The Pursuit of Excellence in Critical Care,” will be held August 29 through September 1, 2015, in Seoul, South Korea. This meeting brings together international critical care medicine and nursing societies and is co-hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM), the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS). The Congress will provide opportunities for international networking, sharing and education.

You are encouraged to register today!

Save the Date for SCCM Study Mission to India

The 2016 Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Study Mission to India is scheduled for March 7-16, 2016. Participants will meet with their colleagues in a number of local hospitals and clinics in northern India and will also visit various historical sites in Delhi (the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat), Agra (the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort), and Jaipur (the Amber Fort, Palace of Winds and the Jantar Mantar).

You can also extend your experience with a trip to central India from March 16-22, 2016. This experience will feature visits to various temples in Khajuraho, a two-day tiger safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park and a two-day excursion to Mumbai.

Registration information will be available in the coming months. Consider joining in on this adventure!

Comments Sought on Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group (CCSQSC), issued directions in November 2014 on the off-label/modified use of bedside blood glucose monitoring systems. In the supporting document, off-label use of capillary glucose monitoring was noted to apply to several healthcare settings, including intensive care units. Subsequently, a temporary withdrawal was issued by CCSQSC, effective March 13, 2015. Comments are being submitted via e-mail and panels are being formed to work on this important issue.

Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the 2015 ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit already in operation that combines functional design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are reviewed in a blinded fashion and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with a plaque. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2015.

Visit for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015.

Early-Bird Rates for Ultrasound Courses End Soon

Register by June 17, 2015, to take advantage of discounted early registration rates for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Ultrasound courses, to be held August 16 to 18, 2015, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. SCCM now offers four Critical Care Ultrasound courses to help you increase your ultrasound knowledge.

Critical Care Ultrasound and Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric are two-day courses that provide the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. Participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations featuring live models and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant.

Expand upon your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge with Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric on August 18, 2015. These courses focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient and provide participants with important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient.

Space for these courses is limited. Visit the ultrasound courses webpage and register today using your Customer ID and password to guarantee your seat, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive SCCM’s discounted hotel rate, make your reservation by July 13, 2015.

Early Registration Deadline Nearing for Adult Board Review Course

The early registration deadline for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC) is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This 4.5-day course provides the most comprehensive review in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients. The course includes interactive board preparation sessions and features practice board questions, answers and rationales. World-class faculty focus on preparing fellows and attendings for their critical care certification and recertification. The course also provides an excellent update for any critical care professional seeking the most current review of the field.

As a registered participant, you will benefit from:

  • Online access to practice questions
  • A comprehensive course syllabus
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues and world-renowned experts
  • Post-course online access to MCCBRC On Demand, which features slides and recorded speaker audio from all sessions of the live course

The 2015 Adult MCCBRC will be held August 11 to 15, 2015, at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. For details, including the agenda, faculty and hotel and travel information, visit SCCM’s website.

The Efficacy of a Two-Tier Rapid Response System

Rapid response systems (RRSs) have been implemented to facilitate the early recognition and treatment of deteriorating ward patients. Evidence of their effectiveness is conflicting, but recent reviews suggest RRS utilization improves patient safety. Aneman et al recently assessed the clinical attributes and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU of Liverpool Hospital both before and after implementation of a two-tier RRS. In this system, the clinical team responds to less serious first-tier criteria, and the RRS is activated when the patient meets more serious second-tier criteria.

The authors found that ICU mortality rates were significantly lower after two-tier implementation, as compared to mortality rates under the preexisting one-tier RRS. Although this study’s applicability is limited by its retrospective design, implementing a two-tier system seemingly improves patient outcomes.

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.

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