Abstract Submission Ending

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care. Submit your abstract for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress, which will be held February 25 to 28, 2018, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Abstracts may be submitted until noon Central Daylight Time on August 2, 2017.

Complimentary Congress registration is available to the first author of each accepted abstract. To be eligible, the first author must also be an SCCM member at the time of submission, in one of the following categories: fellow, resident, intern, student, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Other benefits include:

  • Star Research Award 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 sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work that will be moderated by faculty in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education, and practice.

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

The 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Register today!

Discovery Call for Proposals

Discovery, the Critical Care Network, is encouraging members to submit proposals for review and discussion at upcoming Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings. The Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings provide an opportunity for investigators to present clinical proposals in an inclusive and supportive environment. For this call for proposals, accepted proposals will have the opportunity to present at either the Fall or Winter Clinical Investigators Meetings. The Fall meeting is being held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 8 and 9, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland, while the Winter meeting will be held on February 25, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, during SCCM’s Annual Congress. Members may also participate virtually by videoconference for both of these meetings.

The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Investigators will be notified of the status of their submission by mid-October. Please use the following link to submit proposals:


The investigator-initiated proposals are a unique opportunity to receive valuable peer feedback, network with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Discovery Steering Committee members, and solicit additional participant sites. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Discovery Steering Committee. The investigators of the highest-ranked proposals will have an opportunity to present their proposals virtually or in person via PowerPoint presentation followed by questions. Those investigators invited to present can do so virtually and do not need to travel to the meetings. The proposals that are not selected for live presentation at the Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings will receive valuable feedback; the abstracts will be shared with the Discovery Steering Committee with the opportunity to solicit additional study sites.

The peer review, feedback, additional study sites, and the letter of support on behalf of the SCCM Discovery Steering Committee will greatly increase the chance of your study obtaining funding, being published, and helping critically ill patients.

Criteria for Application:

  • A minimum of two sites is required (a multi-institutional study)
  • The research plan (questions 6-16) in the application should be concise and limited to no more than six pages. The research plan includes specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies (where applicable), and research design and methods.
  • The research plan should describe any assistance requested from Discovery (i.e., generation of datasets, data analysis, study sites, etc.)
  • It is expected that the results (positive or negative) of all approved Discovery studies, including those considered non-publishable by the study’s investigators, will be presented to the Discovery Steering Committee within six months of study completion.
  • The Discovery Steering Committee should review all manuscripts resulting from the study prior to submission.
  • All study investigators must submit any conflicts of interest.
  • Intellectual property will be protected, and confidentiality statements will be required from all members of the Discovery Steering Committee reviewers.

If you have questions, please contact Discovery@sccm.org.

Examining Angiotensin II

Vasodilatory shock that does not respond to high-dose vasopressors is associated with high mortality. Khanna et al therefore investigated the effectiveness of angiotensin II for the treatment of patients with this condition.

They found that angiotensin II effectively increased blood pressure in patients with vasodilatory shock that did not respond to high doses of conventional vasopressors.

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.

Pediatric Nutrition Support Guidelines

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) recently released guidelines addressing nutrition support therapy in the critically ill pediatric patient.

Titled “Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Pediatric Critically Ill Patient: Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition,” the material was published in the July 2017 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

“The guidelines offer basic recommendations that are supported by review and analysis of the current literature and a blend of expert opinion and clinical practicality,” notes lead author Nilesh M. Mehta, MD. These guidelines are intended for use by all healthcare providers involved in nutrition therapy of the critically ill child, primarily physicians, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists.

Guideline findings include:

  • There is a significant gap in proper nutritional interventions, particularly among malnourished pediatric patients
  • Early intervention makes a difference
  • The timing and method of nutrient delivery is important
  • A skilled nutrition support team is a key differentiator
  • Ongoing monitoring is critical to avoid unintended caloric under- or overfeeding
  • Determining how much nutrition is needed is an important factor

Members and nonmembers alike can access these and other SCCM guidelines for free by visiting www.sccm.org/guidelines or by downloading the Guidelines App.

Research Grants

The deadline to apply for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Research Grants is August 1, 2017. Applications are being accepted for investigator-initiated research focused on improving patient care both during and after an intensive care unit stay. SCCM member researchers are encouraged to apply; grant support will begin in 2018.

The Society 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 feel free to contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Earn Free CE Online

The opportunity to earn free continuing education credits is still available for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Tailoring Therapy and Improving Outcomes in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF), supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Monograph is an electronic publication available in the SCCM store.

Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, of Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBA, of Stony Brook University, and Peter S. Pang, MD, MS, FACEP, FACC, FAHA, of Indiana University School of Medicine, discuss the diagnosis and classification of ADHF, existing therapies, new guidelines and safety and efficacy data for new and emerging treatment therapies, as well as strategies for individualizing therapy to improve patient outcomes.

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Study Mission to Cuba

The deadline to register for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Study Mission to Cuba, is approaching. Space is limited and filling up fast. Register by August 1, 2017, for this unique opportunity to earn continuing education, which is scheduled for December 4 to 9, 2017. Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.

The Study Mission to Cuba will offer participants a unique opportunity to earn continuing education. 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

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.

Critical Care Review Course

There is still time to register for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult, to be held July 25 to 29, 2017, in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

Attend the full 4.5 days or participate in the day(s) that features relevant topics specific to your learning needs.

  • Tuesday: Respiratory Disease, Mechanical Ventilation, and Noninvasive Support
  • Wednesday: Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Thursday: Kidney, Babies, Blood, and Endocrine Emergencies
  • Friday: Infectious Disease, Liver, and Gastrointestinal
  • Saturday: Brain Emergencies and Other Intracranial Problems

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

Registration will also be accepted on site at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

Led by co-chairs Pamela A. Lipsett, MD, 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.

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

Evaluating Transfusion Strategies

Cancer patients are at increased risk of septic shock. Therefore, Bergamin et al set out to assess whether a restrictive strategy of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion reduces 28-day mortality when compared with a liberal strategy in cancer patients with septic shock.

They observed a survival trend favoring a liberal transfusion strategy in cancer patients with septic shock when compared with the restrictive strategy.

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 for the 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 that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are blindly reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to promote a healing environment
  • Safety, security and efficiency of the unit
  • 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 two plaques. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2017.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

Healthcare-Associated Infection Podcast

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a podcast series as part of its Healthcare-Associated Infection Program.

In this series of podcasts, senior leaders from the field are interviewed about their efforts to reduce the rate of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospital intensive care units with elevated rates of these infections.

Podcast 1: Why Senior Leadership Engagement Matters (Transcript)
Podcast 2: What Does It Mean to Be Engaged? (Transcript)
Podcast 3: Implementing Strategies and Tools (Transcript)

PBS Features ICU Liberation Team

“I am very aware that I am not the same person who went into the hospital with sepsis,” said intensive care unit (ICU) survivor Paul Turpin in an interview with PBS NewsHour.

This broadcast, entitled, Why a Stay in the ICU Can Leave Patients Worse Off, shares the story of Turpin’s experience with post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and what the ICU Liberation team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and others across the country are doing to prevent and manage PICS for patients.

Learn more about SCCM’s ICU Liberation Campaign and access the pain, agitation, and delirium clinical practice guidelines by visiting http://www.iculiberation.org.

Resolution on Sepsis

On May 26, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. During this assembly, delegates agreed on a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, outlining these important actions for WHO:

  • Urge governments to strengthen policies and processes related to sepsis and emphasize the importance of reinforcing health worker training to more effectively diagnose and treat sepsis
  • Develop a report on sepsis and guidance for its prevention and management
  • Help countries develop the necessary infrastructure, laboratory capacity, strategies and tools to reduce the burden of sepsis
  • Assist developing countries in gaining access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable sepsis treatments and tools for infection prevention and control

Learn more about this resolution on sepsis by visiting the WHO assembly website.

Journal Impact Factors

The 2016 impact factors for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) two journals, Critical Care Medicine (CCM) and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), have been released. CCM’s impact factor is now 7.050, and PCCM’s impact factor is now 3.495.

Stay up to date with these top journals in critical care by subscribing to their respective electronic table of contents (eTOC) at CCM and PCCM online. And don’t forget to follow CCM and PCCM on Twitter to stay caught on the latest journal releases, including ahead-of-print and editor’s choice articles, and the SCCM guidelines.

Earn Free CE Online

The opportunity to earn free continuing education credits is still available for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen. It is available as an electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph.

It contains discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Topics include 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 pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

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

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