On-Site Registration Accepted for ECMO Management Course

Explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs by attending the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) ECMO Management course, to be held August 28 and 29, 2015, at the University of Arizona Center for Simulation and Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Registration for a limited number of participants will be accepted on site on a first-come, first-served basis at the SCCM registration desk at the University of Arizona Center for Simulation and Innovation in the first floor lobby next to the elevators during the following hours:

Friday, August 28 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and led by expert faculty, this intense two-day simulation course will provide a comprehensive overview of ECMO programs. 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.

Indications and Effects of Plasma Transfusions in Critically Ill Children

Plasma transfusions are frequently prescribed for critically ill children, although their indications lack a strong evidence base. Many physicians often transfuse critically ill children who have abnormal coagulation tests and who are not bleeding. Karam et al conducted an international multicenter observational point-prevalence study involving 101 pediatric intensive care units in 21 countries. They sought to characterize indications leading to plasma transfusions in critically ill children and assess the effect of plasma transfusions on coagulation tests.

They found that approximately one-third of transfused patients were not bleeding and had no planned procedure. In addition, in most patients, coagulation tests were not sensitive to increases in coagulation factors resulting from plasma transfusion.

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.

ICU Design Citation Award Applications Due August 15

The deadline to submit an application for the 2015 ICU Design Citation award is Saturday, August 15, 2015. Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process.

Cosponsored 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 ICU 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 will be notified in November 2015 and receives a plaque and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN.

THRIVE Innovation Award Application Deadline Extended to September 8

The THRIVE Innovation Award application deadline has been extended to September 8, 2015. This award recognizes an individual, team or center for innovation in partnership that addresses the needs of survivors of critical illness, including the family, to optimize recovery through novel paradigms of care delivery, improved coordination of care and/or the design and implementation of virtual or in-person support groups.

Application Deadlines Approaching for Research Grants

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several grant opportunities for critical care professionals seeking funding for activities to improve care, with grant support beginning in 2016. SCCM member researchers may apply for funding through the following grants:

Vision Grants
Application Deadline is August 18, 2015

Through generous funding from SCCM and the SCCM-Weil Research Trust, two Vision Grants of $50,000 each are being offered to support member researchers. Basic, translational and clinical research submissions are encouraged.

Eligible research should focus on one or more of the following areas of investigation:

  • Basic Research: Expand our understanding of complex critical illness processes.
  • Bench to Bedside: Improve patient care by translating basic scientific findings into therapeutic interventions for critical care patients.
  • Clinical Outcomes: Advance our understanding of patient outcomes and continuous improvement practices.

For further information on the Vision Grant, please visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant, and learn about the research of last year’s recipient.

THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery
Application Deadline Extended to September 8, 2015

Through generous funding from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the THRIVE Grant offers $50,000 to support SCCM members conducting research aimed at improving patient and family support after critical illness. Investigator-initiated research should help advance and improve our understanding of survivorship from critical illness, as well as support and improve the experience of survivors and their families.

Eligible areas of investigation include:

  • Clinical interventions to improve patient experience or outcomes
  • Identification of modifiable mechanisms or testing of innovations that promote recovery
  • Explorations of cultural and educational factors among survivors to facilitate networks and improve support

For further information on this grant and other THRIVE initiatives, visit www.sccm.org/THRIVE.

To begin the application process for these grants, log in to www.My.SCCM.org. Click on the “Submit an application for Vision Grant or THRIVE Grant” link located in the right column. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for the THRIVE and Vision Grants.

Results from IMPreSS Study Released

Results from the International Multicentre Prevalence Study on Sepsis (IMPreSS) were recently released.

IMPreSS was a global observational study undertaken by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) as part of their joint collaboration, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC). The study looked at 1,794 patients from 62 countries who had either severe sepsis or septic shock. Compliance with the SSC bundles was tracked, as were outcomes. Compliance with all of the evidence-based bundle metrics was not high. However, successful completion of all elements was associated with a greater likelihood of survival after adjustment for confounders at both three and six hours.

The SSC is a joint collaboration of SCCM and ESICM committed to reducing mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide.

SCCM Releases New Statements Regarding Care in the ICU

New statements developed in whole or in part by the Society of Critical Care Medicine address such varied topics as the structure and process of care in the intensive care unit (ICU), management of the potential organ donor in the ICU, and responding to requests for potentially inappropriate treatments in the ICU.

Critical Care Delivery: The Importance of Process of Care and ICU Structure to Improved Outcomes

Management of the Potential Organ Donor in the ICU

Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units

You are encouraged to listen to a recent iCritical Care podcast for a discussion of the consensus statement on ICU management of the potential organ donor.

On-Site Registration Available for 2015 Adult Board Review Course

Join your colleagues August 11 to 15, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC).

MCCBRC is the premier source for any critical care professional seeking the most comprehensive review in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients. Led by internationally recognized faculty, Adult MCCBRC offers 4.5 days of expert guidance on the core areas of critical care medicine. Whether you need to certify, recertify or simply review, MCCBRC provides an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Registration will be accepted on-site at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the registration desk located in the Imperial Ballroom Foyer during the following hours:

Monday, August 10 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11 – 6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12 – 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 13 – 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 14 – 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 15 – 6:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

New Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set

Assess your pediatric critical care knowledge with the new Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 3 from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

This self-study tool is designed for physicians wanting to review their critical care knowledge while receiving maintenance of certification (MOC) credit. A collection of 100 questions and rationales with accompanying study materials, Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 3 joins two earlier question sets and expands SCCM’s pediatric product offerings.

Participants will benefit from:

  • 100 multiple-choice questions, as well as evidence-based rationales
  • A list of content areas and references from missed questions for further study
  • 20 points toward MOC part 2 in pediatrics

In addition, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 6 hours of continuing education credit.

Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Pediatric Critical Care Question Set 3 is available for purchase in the SCCM Store for $150 for members ($195 for nonmembers). Question Sets 1 and 2 are also available for purchase.

On-Site Registration Available for Critical Care Ultrasound Courses

On-site registration will take place August 16, 2015, through August 18, 2015, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular Critical Care Ultrasound courses, which will be held at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk in the International Ballroom Foyer beginning at 6:15 a.m. on August 16.

Critical Care Ultrasound and Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric will be held on August 16 and 17, 2015, and are intended for those looking to obtain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging. During these two-day courses, 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.

Attend Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound or Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric on August 18, 2015, to expand upon your fundamental echocardiographic skills and knowledge and focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient. Participants in these one-day courses are provided with important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

Register for Upcoming ICU Liberation Events

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. Take advantage of two upcoming learning opportunities that will provide strategies to help reduce the risk of long-term consequences from an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

Live Event: ICU Liberation and Animation: Implementing the Pain, Agitation and Delirium Guidelines
September 9-10, 2015
Register online today

Reduced registration rates end August 12, 2015, for the ICU Liberation and Animation conference, which will be held September 9 and 10, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This two-day didactic and simulation conference, a partnership of SCCM and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will review implementation strategies and discuss approaches to enable a more effective and lasting application of the pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines by utilizing the multiprofessional team.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the state of science in regards to the 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 ICU
  • 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 ICU

Make your hotel reservation by August 11, 2015, to receive SCCM’s discounted rate at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville. Reservations made after this date may not receive SCCM’s discounted rate. For more details on hotel and travel, visit www.sccm.org/ICULiberation.

Webcast: Family Engagement – AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy Project
August 26, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Registration is complimentary
Register online today

August 6 eNews AACN CIS Academy PictureThe American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is composed of four nurses from the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). This team administered an educational program on the ABCDEF bundle to an audience of intensive care unit nurses at MGH. The final bundle element, family engagement and empowerment, was added to represent the value of family involvement in the overall patient plan.

In this webcast, Maurene A. Harvey, RN, MPH, MCCM, critical care educator and consultant, Erica Edwards, RN, MSN, CCRN-CMC, CHFN, CICU attending nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, and Alicia Sheehan, RN, BSN, CICU staff nurse and AACN CSI Academy team member at MGH, will provide the evidence for this addition, as well as illustrate how family engagement is implemented in the CICU.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors described in the literature about the importance of family engagement
  • Describe the background of family inclusion in the CICU
  • Discuss the implementation of family engagement and empowerment in the ABCDEF bundle

This webcast is held in collaboration with the AACN CSI Academy.

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

Effect of RBC Transfusion on Cerebral Autoregulation in Severe TBI Patients

What is the impact of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion on cerebral autoregulation in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Seeking to find out, Sekhon et al conducted a retrospective, single-center, cohort study to evaluate the relationship between RBC transfusion and cerebral autoregulation as measured by pressure reactivity index (PRx).

They found that RBC transfusion in severe TBI patients results in worsening PRx, indicating impaired cerebral autoregulation.

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.

Congress Abstract Submission Closes August 3

Submit your original investigative research and case reports and make your contribution to the advancement of critical care. Abstracts for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 45th Critical Care Congress will be accepted until 12 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time on Monday, August 3, 2015. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted.

If accepted, your work will be on display from February 21 to 23, 2016, and will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the number one critical care subspecialty journal. You also will benefit from:

  • Star Research Presentation Opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other continuing education/continuing medical education sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short moderated presentations of their work in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education and/or practice.

Complimentary registration is available to one author per accepted abstract. To be eligible, the individual must be listed as the primary author on the original abstract submission form and be a member of SCCM in a category other than full physician as of August 3, 2015.

Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines and available awards.

Register online for the 2016 Critical Care Congress, to be held February 20 to 24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA. This five-day event will bring together more than 6,000 members of the critical care community from around the world, offering opportunities to share creative and stimulating ideas, make valuable connections and obtain inspired perspectives.

For more information, including details on hotel and travel reservations, visit www.sccm.org/Congress or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Early Registration Rates End Soon for Sepsis Without Walls Conference

Register by August 5, 2015, to receive the lowest 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

Reserve your seat by August 5, 2015, to receive the reduced rate using your Customer ID and password, 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.

Webcast to Address ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management

Register now for the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation series, An Integrated Approach to ICU Delirium Assessment, Prevention and Management.  In this webcast, Michele Balas, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, CCRN, FCCM, associate professor, Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and John Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, professor of pharmacy at Northeastern University, scientific staff and critical care pharmacist, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, will discuss the importance of routine delirium screening in the critically ill and integrated strategies to boost the use of a validated instrument, such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) or the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC). The speakers will also address frequently asked questions about delirium management, and the presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer segment.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of routine delirium screening in the ICU using the CAM-ICU or the ICDSC
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for delirium in the critically ill
  • Apply non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce the burden of delirium in the critically ill
  • Understand the limited role that medication-focused interventions have in treating delirium in the ICU

This 60-minute webcast will take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences from an ICU stay.

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