Congress Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress, the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year. Register today 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.

  • Attend the plenary sessions, featuring presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics.
  • Participate in educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and interactive debates led by internationally renowned faculty.
  • Engage in numerous events and networking opportunities with members of the entire multiprofessional team.
  • Explore the newest tools and technologies provided by more than 100 exhibitors.

Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community 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.

For more information, including available pre- and postcourses, popular events and sessions, and hotel and travel details, visit http://www.sccm.org/Congress.

Sepsis and Therapeutic Interventions

The global burden of sepsis is substantial. Therefore, in a retrospective before-after clinical study, Marik et al compared the outcome and clinical course of consecutive septic patients treated with intravenous vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine during a seven-month period (treatment group) at an intensive care unit (ICU) at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital compared to a control group treated (without intravenous vitamin C or thiamine) during the preceding seven months at the same ICU. The primary outcome was hospital survival.

The study’s results suggest that the early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine, may prove to be effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction and in reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

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.

Research Grants

Applications are now being accepted for investigator-initiated research focused on improving patient care both during and after an intensive care unit stay. SCCM member researchers should apply by August 1, 2017, to be considered for grant support in 2018.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several funding opportunities through the SCCM Research Grants for critical care professionals seeking support for their research that helps advance and improve clinician understanding of critical illness and patient care.

Funding will be provided by the following grants:

  • SCCM-Weil Research Grants, including up to two grants of $50,000 each
  • Discovery Research Grants, for a total of $100,000

To begin the application process for a grant, log in to www.MySCCM.org, and click on “Submit an application for SCCM Research Grants” located in the right column.

Help spread the word and make sure to share these opportunities with your colleagues. Note that you must be a current SCCM member to apply for the SCCM Research Grants.

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

Study Mission to Cuba

Reserve your spot today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to Cuba, which is scheduled for December 4 to 9, 2017. Space is limited and filling up fast. The deadline to register is August 1, 2017.

The Study Mission to Cuba will offer participants a unique opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture and engage with fellow Cuban medical professionals while learning about the challenges and advances of medicine in Cuba. Participants will gain firsthand experience and knowledge on the inner workings of healthcare in this country, and attend meetings and meaningful site visits each day.

Topics to be covered include:

  • organizational structure and healthcare delivery systems of various critical care units in Cuba
  • quality processes and how change is implemented to improve patient care
  • cultural differences for patients and families faced with end-of-life decisions
  • resource limitations in caring for critically ill patients
  • and more

Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses.

Following the study mission is an optional Excursion to Matanzas, from December 9 to 12, 2017. During this excursion, participants will discover local architecture, learn from artisans skilled in ceramics and the creation of hand crafted books, visit the Elian Gonzalez Museum and Castle of San Severino, and much more.

For complete details, please visit the event webpage. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Ultrasound Reduced Rates Ending

Reduced registration rates end July 5, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) summer Critical Care Ultrasound courses.  Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. All courses will take place at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

The two-day courses, Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal, will take place on July 30 and 31, 2017.

These courses provide the ability to:

  • Immediately integrate learned skills into your clinical practice
  • Increase your diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Learn from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Experience high-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more
  • Receive a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one learner-to-faculty ratio

Following these courses on August 1, 2017, is the one-day Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult course, which provides an opportunity to expand your echocardiographic skills and knowledge. Participants will:

  • Focus on the specialty-specific use of echocardiography in the management of the critically ill patient
  • Gain hands-on experience with faculty-assisted skill stations including, new in 2017, transesophageal echocardiography
  • Learn important cardiovascular information for the noninvasive management of the hemodynamically unstable patient

All courses offer continuing medical education credit hours to physicians, nurses, and physician assistants. Register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult, Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult

Review the full scope of critical care topics with Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult. The most complete critical care textbook in adult practice, this resource includes dozens of charts and tables to aid studying, as well as copious references to guide further reading.

Developed by leading experts in critical care, this comprehensive textbook covers 10 topic areas, including:

  • Neurologic Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Respiratory Critical Care
  • Critical Care Infectious Disease
  • Hepatic, Gastrointestinal and Hematologic/Oncologic Disease in the ICU
  • Renal and Metabolic Disorders in the ICU
  • Environmental and Toxicologic Injury
  • Pharmacologic Issues in the ICU
  • Surgical and Obstetrical Critical Care
  • Administrative and Ethical Issues in the Critically Ill

Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult is available in print and electronic formats. Visit the SCCM store to get your copy.

Critical Care Review Course

Registration discounts end Wednesday, June 28, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Led by co-chairs Pamela A. Lipsett, MC, MHPE, MCCM, and Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FCCM, the 2017 MCCRC: Adult will provide the most comprehensive review and update of the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

Course highlights include:

  • Modular course content, allowing for single or multiday registration to meet comprehensive or specific learning needs
  • Accurate assessments of your knowledge in critical care
  • Interactive sessions that utilize audience response technology and practice questions, answers and rationales
  • World-class faculty that provide the most up-to-date information in critical care across all healthcare professions
  • Cutting-edge topics such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, choice of vasopressor in shock states, renal replacement therapy techniques, environmental injuries, emerging infections, and delirium
  • Online access to practice questions and post-course audio recordings of the lectures

The course will be held July 25 to 29, 2017, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Rosemont offers the convenience and amenities of downtown Chicago but at a lower price, and it’s just minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

For more information including the agenda, faculty listing, and continuing education details, visit the course webpage.

Sevoflurane for Sedation

Sevoflurane improves gas exchange, and reduces alveolar edema and inflammation in preclinical studies of lung injury, but its therapeutic effects have never been investigated in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Jabaudon et al set out to assess whether sevoflurane would improve gas exchange and inflammation in ARDS.

They found that in patients with ARDS, use of inhaled sevoflurane improved oxygenation and decreased levels of a marker of epithelial injury and of some inflammatory markers, compared with midazolam.

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.

Virtual Rounds Podcast Series

The iCritical Care Podcasts have launched a new podcast series, Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR), aimed at addressing the most challenging aspects of intensive care unit fellowship and residency.

Check out the latest episodes and subscribe via iTunes or Google Play. If you like what you hear, be sure to leave a rating.

Check out our latest episodes and follow #VCCRounds for regular updates. This series complements the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s VCCR online education program, which is designed to better prepare students, residents and fellows to contribute to the diagnosis and management of the critically ill patient during their intensive care unit rounds.

SCCM Pod-VCCR1 Treatment Approaches for ACE Inhibitor-Induced Angioedema
SCCM Pod-VCCR2 New Onset Atrial Fibrillation in Septic Shock
SCCM Pod-VCCR3 Activated Charcoal in the Overdose Patient
SCCM Pod-VCCR4 Common Sedatives and Paralytics for Rapid Sequence Intubation
SCCM Pod-VCCR5 Rumack-Matthew Nomogram and Acetaminophen Toxicity
SCCM Pod-VCCR6 Vasopressor Selection in Septic Shock

Physician Preparedness Survey

Society of Critical Care Medicine member physicians are encouraged to take a brief survey on physician preparedness for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). This survey is being sponsored by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to gather information from physicians on their plans to participate in these incentive programs.

This survey will remain open for the next few weeks. This is a short survey that will take less than five minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Call for Award Nominations

Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? The Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care is seeking to honor programs that can serve as models for other healthcare organizations working to embed palliative and end-of-life care in a variety of care settings.

The Circle of Life Awards recognize models that improve access and care delivery for palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, healthcare systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. Top honors will go to up to three programs or organizations.

Learn more about this award from past honorees and by visiting the Circle of Life Award website.

Applications for the 2018 award are due August 14, 2017, and are now available at www.aha.org/circleoflife. For any questions, please contact circleoflife@aha.org.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Survey

The World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) is launching an initiative to solicit exemplars from national scientific societies on the types of patient- and family-centered care/engagement practices being implemented worldwide. A growing number of studies are addressing patient-centered care and strategies to engage family members to promote best outcomes for critically ill patients. However, the degree to which these practices are being implemented worldwide is not known.

The survey “Patient and Family Centered Care in the ICU: Worldwide Exemplars” is being launched to obtain information on a global scale. The information provided will be useful to inform the global critical care community of current initiatives and strategies, and potential barriers to implementing patient-centered outcomes research and family-centered care/engagement to enhance intensive care unit care delivery.

Hemodynamic Support Guidelines

The American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) recently released guidelines addressing hemodynamic support of pediatric and neonatal septic shock.

Titled “American College of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Practice Parameters for Hemodynamic Support of Pediatric and Neonatal Septic Shock,” the material was published in the June 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

This update of the 2007 ACCM guidelines is available for free download and includes major new recommendations such as the need to address hemodynamic support of septic shock at the institutional level.

Molecular Detection of Pathogens

Microbiological diagnosis of infections remains insufficient. The resulting empirical antimicrobial therapy leads to multidrug resistance and inappropriate treatments. Cambau et al therefore evaluated the cost-effectiveness of direct molecular detection of pathogens in blood for patients with severe sepsis, febrile neutropenia, and suspected infective endocarditis.

They found that the addition of molecular detection to standard care improves microbiological diagnosis and thus efficiency of healthcare resource usage in patients with severe sepsis.

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.

New VCCR Podcast

Tune into the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR) Podcast series for in-depth interviews on critical care topics addressing the most challenging aspects of intensive care unit fellowship and residency. This series complements SCCM’s VCCR program.

The latest installment in the series is now available:

SCCMPod-VCCR3 Activated Charcoal in the Overdose Patient

After listening, keep the conversation going on twitter using #VCCRounds.

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