Webcast Will Discuss Protocols for Septic Maternity Patients

Although little evidence-based material has been published on maternal sepsis, the incidence of severe sepsis and septic shock is increasing in the antepartum, peripartum, and postpartum populations. Recognizing the need to screen for sepsis and applying appropriate protocols can start reducing that incidence.

During the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Sepsis in Maternal Healthcare Settings, Brenda Downs, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, and Jeanne Sheffield, MD, will present an overview of the considerations unique to sepsis in labor and delivery. At the conclusion of this webcast, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how sepsis presents in the maternal population
  • Apply current evidence to the treatment of septic maternity patients
  • Identify screening parameters for the maternal patient

This event, part of SCCM’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.

The Sepsis in Maternal Healthcare Settings webcast will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. No CME is available. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration is still open for the Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage webcast, which will take place on August 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, will provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal impact from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients.

These programs are supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Membership Directory Access Made Easy

Finding a colleague just  became a little easier.  The SCCM membership directory is now available to members via a convenient link at MySCCM.org. Once you log in with your SCCM username and password, look for the directory  link at the bottom of the profile box at the left of the screen. A single click provides a multitude of search criteria, allowing  you to zero in on your target.  And because someone may be looking to locate you, select the nearby “Edit profile” link to be certain your information is current.

Submissions Open for PICC 2014

Submissions for the 7th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care (PICC 2014) are now open. Contribute to this  multidisciplinary scientific program by submitting your abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2013.  All accepted abstracts will be published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Organized by the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, PICC 2014 will be held May 4-7, 2014, in the historic city of Istanbul, Turkey. Submit  your research for the opportunity to share it on this global stage.

Registration Available On Site for 2013 Adult Board Review Course

Join your colleagues August 10 to 14, 2013, in Washington, DC, USA, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC).

The Adult 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 founding directors Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, MCCM, and Henry Masur, MD, FCCM, the Adult MCCBRC offers four-and-a-half days of expert guidance on the core areas of critical care medicine. Whether you need to certify, recertify or simply review, this course provides an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Registration will be available on site at the JW Marriott in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM registration desk during the following hours:

Friday, August 9              4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 10        6:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, August 11          6:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Monday, August 12         6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13         6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14    6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Vision Grant Application Deadline Approaching

Submit your application by August 31, 2013, to be considered for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2014 Vision Grant.  Through generous funding, $50,000 is 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 more information or to download the application, visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant.

Congress Abstract Submission Closes September 3

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports for the 43rd Critical Care Congress. Abstracts will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. Central Time on September 3, 2013. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted.

If accepted, your work will be on display throughout Congress and your  abstract also will appear in the pages of Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care sub-specialty journal. And don’t forget: Individuals whose abstracts are accepted are also eligible for peer evaluation and awards.

Hypothermia and Normothermia After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Children (Cool Kids)

Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has been shown to be effective in improving outcomes in adults and neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.  The theory is that TH can diminish the secondary injury by decreasing the brain’s metabolic demands, the amount of inflammation and lipid peroxidation, and the excitotoxicity that occurs with brain injuries.  Because of these effects , as well as successful studies in animal models, attempts have been made to use TH to improve outcomes in patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, clinical trials have not definitively shown any improvement in clinical outcomes.  The design of the Cool Kids trial altered some of the parameters used in the previous phase 3 trials – specifically, starting the cooling process earlier and continuing it for longer – in hopes of bolstering outcomes.

Read more…

Arrive Early for Pre-Congress Educational Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd 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. Each year the Pre-Congress educational sessions reflect the most up-to-date topics and evidence-based information so you can incorporate the latest clinical treatments and administrative strategies into your everyday practice. Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choices.

Pre-Congress educational sessions will be offered on Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9, 2014. Choose from the following:

  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care

Postgraduate courses will explore the following topics:

  • Case-Based Pearls in Neurocritical Care
  • Fundamentals of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • ICU Management Paradigms for the 21st Century
  • Less Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Optimizing Mechanical Ventilation: Sharing Data Between Adult and Pediatric Patients
  • Veterinary Respiratory Diagnostics and Therapeutics

SCCM’s 43rd Critical Care Congress will be held January 9 to 13, 2014, at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco, California, USA. The Society’s annual Congress is the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year and the “City by the Bay” is the ideal setting to combine creative and inspirational ideas for the critical care field.

Register online today with your username (INSERT_CUSTOM02) and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Optimize Antibiotic Timing and Dosing for Sepsis

Studies have demonstrated that timely administration of appropriate antibiotics reduces mortality in patients with severe sepsis. Proper selection of antibiotics that provide broad coverage and adequate dosing to achieve therapeutic concentrations are essential to positive outcomes. A team-based approach to protocol-initiated antibiotics, including a representative from pharmacy, can optimize time-to-antibiotic and appropriate selection and dosing, thereby improving patient care.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage, will take place on August 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, will provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal impact from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients. At the conclusion of this webcast, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize literature that supports appropriate choice and timing of antibiotics in sepsis
  • Using a patient case, develop an antimicrobial dosing regimen to achieve early and optimal exposure to appropriate antimicrobial agents
  • Recognize patient factors that may affect antibiotic dosing for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock

This event, part of SCCM’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. This webcast was developed in collaboration with the SCCM Pharmacy Section. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.

Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. No CME is available. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Does Sodium Bicarbonate Prevent Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery?

Up to 50% of all patients requiring cardiopulmonary bypass during cardiac surgery develop acute renal failure, with less than 5% requiring renal replacement therapy. Consequently, post-cardiac surgery acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In the July Critical Care Medicine, McGuinness and colleagues designed a multicenter Phase IIb trial to test the hypothesis that a perioperative infusion of sodium bicarbonate might attenuate AKI in cardiac surgery patients. Read more…

Journals Rank High Among Critical Care Resources

PCCM CCMThe Society of Critical Care Medicine extends its congratulations and thanks to Critical Care Medicine editor-in-chief Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, MCCM, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine editor Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM, as well as to the editorial boards and staff involved in both journals on maintaining their standings among critical care journals. CCM received a 2012 impact factor of 6.124 and an immediacy index of 2.614, maintaining its position as the premier peer-reviewed journal in critical care medicine. PCCM received a 2012 impact factor of 2.354, with an immediacy index (an indicator of how quickly articles are cited) of 1.093 (an increase compared with last year’s 0.937), it now ranks 26th among pediatric journals and 14th among all critical care journals.

Read the Journals on Your iPad

Read CCM and PCCM whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. Both journal iPad apps offer a print-like reading experience plus article-sharing features, website links and more. Search “Critical Care Medicine” or “Pediatric Critical Care Medicine” in the iTunes store.

Webcast Will Explore the Impact of Coding for Sepsis

surviving sepsisCoding for severe sepsis and septic shock is a complex, highly nuanced skill that has wide implications for generating data to support the effort to reduce mortality from sepsis. Too often, coding is not clinically congruent with the incidence or severity of sepsis, in turn, providing misleading reports on the metrics of an institution’s patient population.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Sepsis: Impact of Coding Upon Metrics, will take place on July 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. Central Time. Paul Evans, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CCS-P, will provide insight into how actions by all members of the sepsis team affect the generation of valuable data from coding. Topics to be covered include:

  • Requirements by physicians that support accurate data collection
  • Impact of key terms on risk-adjusted mortality data
  • How sepsis should be coded
  • Tips to support sepsis coding

This event, part of SCCM’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.

Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. No CME is available. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Programs are supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

Discounted Rates for Adult MCCBRC Ends Soon

Discounted registration rates for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) upcoming Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Board Review Course (MCCBRC) are only available until Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Register online today using your Customer ID  and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888, to take advantage of special pricing.

The 2013 Adult MCCBRC will be held at the JW Marriott, August 10 to 14, in Washington, DC, USA. Reserve your housing by Wednesday, July 10, 2013, to receive low rates on your hotel stay. Reservations made after this day may not receive SCCM’s discounted hotel rate.

Led by founding directors Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, MCCM, and Henry Masur, MD, FCCM, the Adult MCCBRC offers four-and-a-half days of expert guidance on the core areas of critical care medicine. Whether you need to certify, recertify, or simply review, this course provides an excellent update and thorough overview of the field.

Critical Connections Features Congress Review

The June/July issue of Critical Connections features review articles from the 42nd Critical Care Congress:

Claim CE credit by ordering the Congress Review at the SCCM store at www.sccm.org/congressreview13. There is no cost for this transaction.

The latest issue also offers a preview of the 43rd Critical Care Congress, to be held January 9 to 13, 2014, in San Francisco, California, USA. Check out our pre-Congress educational sessions, popular events and sightseeing activities, as well as information on hotels and travel.

HES Solutions Warrant Additional Box Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found data that indicate an increased risk of mortality and renal injury requiring renal replacement therapy in critically ill adult patients treated with hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solutions. HES solutions are used for the treatment of hypovolemia when plasma volume expansion is indicated. After a public workshop, the FDA concluded that HES solutions should not be used in this patient population, and a Boxed Warning to include the risk of mortality and severe renal injury is warranted. In addition, the FDA reviewed a meta-analysis of studies conducted in patients undergoing open heart surgery in association with cardiopulmonary bypass and determined that an additional warning about excessive bleeding was needed in the Warnings and Precautions Section of the package insert. The FDA has created a list of recommendations for patients and healthcare providers to consider before use of HES solutions.

PDR Drug Alerts provides immediate, electronic delivery of safety information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Society of Critical Care Medicine members can sign up to receive complimentary alerts as well as updates reflecting labeling changes.

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