Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you well-informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and THRIVE: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. 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. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

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:

SCCM Pod-VCCR11 Workup, Management, and Critical Sequelae of Burn Injuries

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

Japanese Translation of Sepsis Guidelines

In its effort to reduce mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock worldwide, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released the Japanese translation of the 2016 update of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines.

Titled “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016,” the guidelines were originally published in the March 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Access the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines online and download the Japanese translation for free.

Show Your Professional Pride with SCCM Apparel

Show your support of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) with SCCM-branded apparel. SCCM’s new online apparel store makes it easy to display your professional pride with this eye-catching collection of logo merchandise. Form and function stylishly coexist with the new gear.

Breathe new life into your everyday clothing with a few custom twists, including a wide variety of colorful, comfortable styles and sizes. From polo shirts to fleece jackets, sporting signature gear is an easy way to support and promote SCCM’s mission all year round. Choose from:

  • Durable fleece jackets to fight winter chill
  • Time-tested twill baseball caps
  • Classic woven button-down shirts
  • Sleek, streamlined laptop bags
  • And more

Update your wardrobe and purchase online today. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Fundamental Disaster Management Course

Attend the Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) course at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

FDM prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or man-made mass casualty events. It arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters.

This course focuses on critically ill patients who are admitted to your hospital and is a must for healthcare providers who may encounter critically ill and/or injured patients after a mass casualty event.

Attendees who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

This course will be held February 23, 2018, before the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Congress.

For more information and to register, please contact David Ferraro, MD.

Classification of Patients with Sepsis

Despite years of research, sepsis remains a significant cause of mortality worldwide. The host response to sepsis is varied, and the patient response to directed therapies is heterogeneous, making it difficult to identify those at risk for poor outcomes using clinical features. Therefore, Scicluna et al (Lancet Respir Med. 2017;5:816-826) set out to identify biologically relevant molecular endotypes in patients with sepsis.

Their study methods and findings outline some early steps in the implementation of precision medicine in sepsis.

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 Websites Alert: Monday, December 11

The Society of Critical Care Medicine websites will be undergoing maintenance and will be unavailable on Monday, December 11. This may impact registration for meetings and events, purchasing products from the SCCM store, and accessing resources on MySCCM, SCCM.org, MyICUCare.org, and LearnICU.org.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6869.

Corticosteroid Insufficiency Guidelines Update

The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing the diagnosis and management of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI) in critically ill patients.

Titled “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Critical Illness-Related Corticosteroid Insufficiency (CIRCI) in Critically Ill Patients (Part I),” the article was published in the December 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

This update of the 2008 consensus statement is available for free download and includes recommendations for management of CIRCI in patients with specific critical illnesses and conditions in which CIRCI may occur as a complication.

Disaster Preparedness

This past year we have seen great tragedy in our world. Be prepared to handle a disastrous event with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) disaster preparedness resources.

Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of natural or man-made mass casualty events. This one-day course, hosted by an institution or taken online, arms critical care professionals with the expertise to manage the critical care response to large-scale disasters.

Preparing Your ICU for Disaster Response serves as a step-by-step guide to help ICU professionals assess their current level of disaster preparedness. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this toolkit provides practical, usable resources for strategizing and implementing a standing plan for disaster preparedness. This product is available as an eBook only. Access is complimentary for SCCM members and $10 for nonmembers.

SCCM maintains a disaster resources web page. During disaster events, this page provides resources related to specific volunteer opportunities, complimentary publication chapters and podcasts, and relevant links to external organizations and institutions, as well as continuous updates from SCCM and its members.

For more information, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

San Antonio Pediatric Fundamentals Course

Attend the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Simulation Center.

PFCCS addresses fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of post-resuscitation management of the critically ill pediatric patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.

The course utilizes didactic sessions along with skill stations and scenario-driven discussions to better prepare healthcare professionals for the management of the critically ill pediatric patient.

Notable faculty include Utpal S. Bhalala, MD, FAAP, FCCM; Elumalai Appachi, MD, MRCP; Karl L. Serrao, MD, FAAP, FCCM; Matthew A. Borgman, MD; and Michele C. Papo, MD, FCCM.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

This course will be held February 22 and 23, 2018, before the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Critical Care Congress.

For more information and to register, please contact Jann Harrison.

Receive Ultrasound Training from Expert Faculty

Register today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses featuring education led by expert, nationally recognized faculty, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others. 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. Both courses are expected to sell out early.

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

  • Complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio
  • A review of 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, nurses, and physician assistants

Seats are filling fast for these popular courses, both of which 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 pages.

Congress Early Registration

Register by Wednesday, December 20, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress and save over 15% off the registration fee. Register online 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, which will feature presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics.
  • Participate in 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.

Join us 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.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by January 26, 2018.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Please note: Registration and housing for the 2018 Congress are handled exclusively by SCCM and Orchid Events. Housing reservations should only be made through the 2018 SCCM Congress website. If you are contacted by anyone besides SCCM promoting registration and/or housing for Congress, please pass this information on to SCCM Customer Service.

Predicting Mortality in Patients with Sepsis

Sepsis is an important cause of mortality in critical care, yet it is a heterogeneous syndrome in which patients with otherwise similar presenting clinical characteristics may rapidly progress to death or improve with minimal intervention. Therefore, Mikacenic et al (Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017;196:1004-1011) set out to assess the utility of a multibiomarker-based model to predict 28-day mortality among critically ill patients with at least two systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria and/or sepsis.

Their findings offer insight into diagnostics to better prognosticate and ultimately direct specific therapies to achieve optimal clinical outcomes in heterogeneous groups of 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.

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