Sepsis on the Wards Manuscript Available Open Access

Surviving Sepsis Campaign supporter, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, recently funded open access with its Sepsis on the Wards grant for original research describing a multipronged approach to improve severe sepsis outcomes.

This manuscript by Schorr et al entitled, “Implementation of a multicenter performance improvement program for early detection and treatment of severe sepsis in general medical–surgical wards,” appears in the November 2016 supplement of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

The Sepsis on the Wards project, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, seeks to ensure every patient is screened for sepsis on every shift, every day so that when a patient screens positive, teams can intervene with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign bundle.

Voting Now Underway for SCCM Council and ACCM

Voting is now underway for the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Login using your SCCM credentials and cast your ballot online at http://www.sccm.org/elections. The deadline to vote is November 19, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. CT.

Your involvement in the process is encouraged, welcomed, and necessary for the Society to thrive as a member-driven organization. If you need assistance, contact SCCM customer service via e-mail or 847-827-6888.

Attend Popular Congress Events and Sessions

Network and collaborate with critical care leaders, and explore new tools, technologies and processes at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) 46th Critical Care Congress. There is still time to save on registration rates. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The Society’s annual Congress will take place January 21-25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Learn about the latest developments in critical care by attending the always-popular abstract presentations offered at Congress:

Star Research Presentations
These presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, for two hours on Sunday, January 22, 2017. The top 64 abstracts submitted will be highlighted.

Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of all accepted abstracts and case reports will present their submissions with time for questions and answers. Sessions will be moderated by noted faculty and experts to facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary. Presentations will be held in designated sections of the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, January 22, through Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Awards Presentations
Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

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

Early Registration Deadline Approaching for MCCKAP

Register by November 16, 2016, to receive the lowest rates on registration for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2017 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from February 28 to March 7, 2017. Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The MCCKAP online examination assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors:

  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each individual fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s national ranking

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the examination is offered exclusively online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available to the examinee and the program director upon completion of the test. Final results will be available through the program director’s MySCCM account approximately five weeks following the examination.

Receive the early bird rate when you register by November 16, 2016. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

Assessing Tissue Oxygenation and Microvascular Reactivity in ICU Patients

Impaired microcirculatory perfusion and tissue oxygenation during critical illness are associated with adverse outcome. The aim of a study by Donati et al was to detect alterations in tissue oxygenation or microvascular reactivity and their ability to predict outcome in critically ill patients using thenar near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) with a vascular occlusion test (VOT).

They found that in critically ill patients, NIRS with a VOT enables identification of alterations in tissue oxygen extraction capacity and microvascular reactivity that can predict mortality.

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.

The AMA Outlines Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a final rule detailing regulations for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

The American Medical Association (AMA) has outlined the major provisions of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program for physicians that was created by MACRA. Access these AMA resources to learn more about this historic Medicare reform law and its various components and key policy improvements.

Free, Online CE Activities on Chronic Heart Failure

Earn free continuing education credits by viewing the educational content from 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. Available in two formats, you can choose from the webcast version, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in CHF, or the electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph.

Both versions contain 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.

Other Online CME Available
Whether you missed SCCM’s 2016 Critical Care Congress or couldn’t make it to all the sessions of interest, you can still participate in the most popular sessions online at your convenience. Earn free continuing medical education credits by viewing any of the following webcasts and then applying for credit:

Every Patient Has a Story: Individualizing the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Improving Clinical Outcomes and Pathogen-Directed Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections in the Critical Care Setting
Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

The Role of Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury Risk Assessment
Supported by an educational grant from Astute Medical, Inc.

Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with ADHF
(Available as a webcast or an electronic publication)
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Congress Early Registration Ends Wednesday, November 16

Register by Wednesday, November 16, 2016, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th 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.

Network and collaborate with critical care leaders, and explore new tools, technologies and processes. The 2017 Congress will include plenary sessions, which will feature presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics. Attendees can participate in cutting-edge educational sessions, hands-on workshops and an interactive debate theater.

Join us January 21 to 25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, as we work together to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.

To secure hotel accommodations at the best rates, reserve your room online by December 14, 2016.

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

Cellular Mechanisms of Prevention of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Ischemic preconditioning is the phenomenon whereby brief periods of sublethal ischemia protect against a subsequent, more prolonged, ischemic insult. In remote ischemic preconditioning, ischemia to one organ protects other organs at a distance. Olenchock et al created mouse models to ask if inhibition of the alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase Egln1, which senses oxygen and regulates the hypoxia-inducible factor transcription factor, could suffice to mediate local and remote ischemic preconditioning.

Using somatic gene deletion and a pharmacological inhibitor, they found that inhibiting Egln1 systemically or in skeletal muscles protects mice against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury.

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.

ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Program

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for its Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant Program.

The ASHP Foundation will award $25,000 grants to eligible institutions. The goal of this program is to expand the number of ASHP-accredited PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions for the 2017-2018 training year.

The deadline to submit applications is January 6, 2017.

Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Drug Shortage Alert

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Drug Shortages Committee has developed a comprehensive guide for responding to the current intravenous sodium bicarbonate shortage.

The Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage Alert provides pertinent information on the shortage’s impact on intensive care unit care. It also details related management strategies, pharmacotherapeutic considerations and safety implications.

Visit www.sccm.org/currentissues to access all Drug Shortage Alerts, including those addressing:

  • Fosphenytoin Injection
  • Alternative Medications for Procedural Sedation
  • Electrolyte Medication Shortages
  • Web Resources
  • Intravenous Loop Diuretics
  • General Considerations

New Self-Directed Adult and Pediatric Board Review

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Self-Directed Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course: Adult (MCCBRC) and Self-Directed Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course: Pediatric (MCCBRC) provide a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the live courses. MCCBRC is the preferred resource for critical care professionals seeking a comprehensive review of content focused on the diagnosis, monitoring and management of critically ill patients.

Learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and then assess your knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 41.75 hours of continuing education credit upon completion of the adult course. 36 hours of continuing education credit are available to physicians, nurses and pharmacists upon completion of the pediatric course. Maintenance of Certification credits are also available for both courses. Registrants have two years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.

Enhance your learning experience by purchasing the Comprehensive Board Prep Bundle. Available in adult and pediatric versions.

For more details, visit www.sccm.org/adultboardreview or www.sccm.org/pediatricboardreview. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.

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