Registration Open for 2014 MCCKAP Exam

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2014 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP), to be administered exclusively online February 27 to March 7, 2014.

Register by November 27, 2013, to take advantage of discounted registration rates.

The MCCKAP online exam assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. Held every spring, the MCCKAP exam 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
  • Review preliminary scores and analysis immediately upon completion of the test

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

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

Webcast to Discuss the Surviving Sepsis Campaign as a Model for Mentoring

SSC LogoThe latest offering from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, The SSC as a Model for Mentoring, will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The Physician Assistant (PA) Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will share examples of prime mentoring activities from the SSC. Presentations from the viewpoints of the mentee, mentor, and an objective educator will set the stage for participants to implement a mentoring program that can provide significant professional growth for all involved while furthering the reach of the SSC. Presenters include Ryan O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mari Mullen, MD, from the University of Massachusetts, and Emanuel P. Rivers, BS, MD, MPH, IOM, from Henry Ford Hospital.

During this webcast, faculty will:

  • Describe the role of mentor and mentee in a healthcare setting
  • Explain the benefits of serving as a mentor
  • Outline goals for a mentoring relationship using the SSC as a model

The SSC as a Model for Mentoring webcast will be held at 1:00 p.m. Central Time (view additional time zones).

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

Previous webcasts and related educational slide presentations are also available on a variety of topics.

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This webcast series is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

 

More than 700 sites have enrolled for the SCC’s International Multicentre PREvalence Study on Sepsis (IMPRESS). Help us reach our goal of 1000 sites and enroll today! De-identified patient-level data will be collected on patients with severe sepsis or septic shock presenting to a participating intensive care unit (ICU) or emergency department within a 24-hour period, midnight to midnight on November 7, 2013. Data collected as part of routine clinical care, including hospital and ICU characteristics, patient characteristics, severity of illness, adherence to SSC bundle elements, and mortality, will be used for this study.

The SSC listserv has topped 2,100 members. Join and be part of the discussion!

Meet at the Intersection of Technology and Medicine

Experience the City by the Bay at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress, to be held January 9 to 13, 2014, in San Francisco, California, USA. This five-day event will offer opportunities to connect with colleagues from around the globe and participate in valuable programming, including:

  • Cutting-edge educational sessions
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Compelling plenary sessions
  • Captivating symposia
  • One-of-a-kind multiprofessional networking

When the right people come together in one place, ideas become reality. Join nearly 5,000 critical care clinicians at the 2014 Congress, where creative and inspirational ideas for the critical care field will be developed and shared. Regardless of your profession or role in the critical care team, you will find opportunities to enhance your practice. Register today.

Additional Incentives Tied to Maintenance of Certification Activities

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Incentive. This incentive allows physicians participating in PQRS reporting to earn an additional 0.5% on Medicare Part B charges by also participating in an approved Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program “more frequently” than what is required to maintain board certification. Surgeons must also participate in a patient experience of care survey to earn the incentive.

Surgeons not yet enrolled in the ABS MOC Program must pass a recertification exam in 2013 to be eligible. Even if certified by more than one board of the American Board of Medical Specialties , participants cannot receive more than one MOC incentive payment.

For more information about PQRS reporting, visit www.cms.gov/pqrs.

Is Remote Ischemic Postconditioning Cardioprotective in Children Undergoing Cardiac Surgery?

Children who undergo cardiac surgery may suffer predictable systemic inflammatory responses, myocardial depression, and pulmonary endothelial dysfunction, all related to ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). One therapeutic strategy to prevent these injuries involves remote ischemic preconditioning (RIC), whereby a remote organ (usually a limb) is made repeatedly ischemic and then reperfused over a short period before the more significant IR insult (like cardiac surgery). This practice has been shown to modify the expression of key proteins in cytokine synthesis and leukocyte trafficking. Cheung et al demonstrated that RIC, applied prior to the initiation of CPB, provided some myocardial protection in children who underwent cardiac surgery.

In the August issue of Pediatric Anesthesia Zhong et al applied the same principles, though the timing of ischemia was different. The authors recruited 69 subjects (35 in the control group and 34 in the ischemic group) between the ages of 3 and 12 years who underwent repair of their congenital heart diseases. Remote ischemia was achieved by inflating a blood pressure cuff located on a lower limb to a pressure of 200 mm Hg for 5 minutes, followed by deflation for 5 minutes; this was repeated for a total of 3 cycles. These maneuvers were performed after the aorta was unclamped. The primary endpoint the maneuver’s effect on cardiac troponin I levels over 24 hours. Secondary endpoints included clinical outcomes, adverse cardiac events and changes in other metabolic markers such as neuron-specific enolase. Read more…

AMA Releases Simplified Toolkit in Light of New HIPAA Rules

A new toolkit released by the American Medical Association can help physicians navigate sweeping new revisions to the privacy and security rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Physicians must comply with these new rules by September 23, 2013.

Among the key changes physicians must make for the September 23 deadline are new agreements with business associates who handle patient information, privacy notices to share with patients and increased security measures for patient data. Download the toolkit and visit the AMA website for additional resources, including a list of frequently asked questions. Read more…

Join the Sepsis Point Prevalence Study

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) will conduct a point prevalence study, the International Multicentre PREvalence Study on Sepsis (IMPRESS), on November 7, 2013. Conducted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, under the framework of the SSC, IMPRESS aims to help clinicians and researchers better understand the global burden of sepsis.

At least 1,000 institutions are sought to participate in the study. If your team has not yet joined, now is the time to be a part of this important effort.

More than 500 sites from 64 nations have registered to participate in IMPRESS, each recognizing their role in helping researchers better understand the global burden of severe sepsis and septic shock in adult patients.

De-identified patient-level data will be collected on patients with severe sepsis or septic shock presenting to a participating intensive care unit (ICU) or emergency department within a 24-hour period, midnight to midnight on November 7, 2013. Data collected as part of routine clinical care, including hospital and ICU characteristics, patient characteristics, severity of illness, adherence to SSC bundle elements, and mortality, will be used for this study.

The Sepsis Alliance recognized the Surviving Sepsis Campaign with its Sepsis Heroes Award, commending the group for its contributions to advancing sepsis care and awareness. Presented in New York during the Sepsis Alliance’s event, An Evening with Sepsis Heroes: Celebrating Champions of Sepsis Awareness, the award was accepted by European Society of Critical Intensive Care Medicine President Jean-Daniel Chiche , MD, and SSC co-founders, Mitchell M. Levy, MD, FCCM, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM, on behalf of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. James Obrien, MD, MSC, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Sepsis Alliance, presented the award.

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“The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has achieved incredible globalization and buy-in from both scientific organizations and practicing clinicians,” said Dellinger. “This is a tribute to the volunteers on the guidelines committee, the volunteer leadership and the volunteers in the trenches at hospitals participating in the Campaign’s performance improvement program.” Congratulations to the SSC on this achievement as it enters its tenth year.

Webcast to Discuss the Surviving Sepsis Campaign as Model for Mentoring

The Physician Assistant (PA) Section of the Society of Critical Medicine (SCCM) has identified the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) as a prime model for mentoring that improves patient care while affording PAs unique growth opportunities. This type of relationship can be applied to all professionals on the sepsis care team.

In this latest offering from the SSC webcast series, the PA Section will share examples of prime mentoring activities from the SSC. Presentations from the viewpoint of the mentee, mentor, and an objective educator will set the stage for participants to implement a mentoring program that can provide significant professional growth for all involved while furthering the reach of the SSC. Presenters include Ryan O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mari Mullen, MD, from the University of Massachusetts, and Emanuel P. Rivers, BS, MD, MPH, IOM, from Henry Ford Hospital. During this webcast, faculty will:

  • Describe the role of mentor and mentee in a healthcare setting
  • Explain the benefits of serving as a mentor
  • Outline goals for a mentoring relationship using the SSC as a model

The SSC as a Model for Mentoring webcast will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time (view additional time zones).

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

Previous SSC webcasts and related educational slide presentations are also available on a variety of topics.

This webcast series is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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Surviving Sepsis Campaign Implementation Kits
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed pre-packaged kits to help clinicians improve sepsis identification, management and treatment within their institutions. Each kit contains two posters featuring the graded recommendations from the latest guidelines, 25 pocket guides, 25 bundle cards and a package of 15 Surviving Sepsis Campaign logo pins. Visit www.survivingsepsis.org/improvement for more resources.

Help Shape the Future of Critical Care Medicine

Learn about new developments and tools to help expand your knowledge and advance your practice of critical care at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress, to be held January 9 to 13, 2014, in San Francisco, California, USA.

This five-day event will offer opportunities to make valuable connections and draw diverse perspectives from all members of the multiprofessional critical care team. Participate in cutting-edge educational sessions, hands-on workshops, captivating symposia, and popular plenary sessions promoting innovative developments in critical care.

Plenary sessions are given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers will include:

Rosemary Gibson, MSc
Senior Advisor
The Hastings Center
Section Co-Editor, Less is More
JAMA Internal Medicine
Arlington, Virginia, USA
C. William Hanson III , MD, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Chief Medical Information Officer
University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology,
Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, FAAN
Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office,
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Attending Physician and Director, Neurosciences Critical Care,
Department of Critical Care Medicine,
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Washington, DC, USA
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM
Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology/
Critical Care Medicine and Surgery
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD, FACS, MCCM
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Jean-Louis M. Vincent, MD, PhD, FCCM
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Head, Department of Intensive Care
Erasme University Hospital
Brussels, Belgium

Regardless of your profession or role on the critical care team, you will find opportunities to enhance your practice. Act by November 6, 2013, to take advantage of early bird discounts. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Physiotherapy in Intensive Care

Historically, respiratory physiotherapy has been considered as an integral part of the daily rehabilitation of the intensive care unit (ICU) patient. However, not since 2000 has there been a specific evaluation of the various physiotherapy modalities available. Kathy Stiller, PhD, conducted a systematic review to evaluate evidence appearing over the last 13 years either supporting or refuting the role of physiotherapy in the care of the adult, intubated ICU patient.

The review is deliberately broad, encompassing clinical studies as well as expert opinion pieces and surveys. A literature review focused on papers published between 1999 and 2012 and accessible through PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database and the Cochrane Library databases. The broad criteria naturally resulted in culling studies with variable study designs and outcomes, hence precluding a meta-analysis. Eighty-five new studies were identified including 12 focused systematic literature reviews. The identified trials evaluated several physiotherapy interventions including multimodality respiratory physiotherapy (an umbrella term encompassing diverse interventions such as manual or ventilator hyperinflation, positioning, chest wall vibrations, and rib-cage compression), mobilization, inspiratory muscle training and neuromuscular electrical stimulation. Read more…

Critical Care Training Offered to Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation is offering a Critical Care Traineeship to pharmacists who would like specialized training in caring for critically ill or injured patients. During this five-month educational experience, pharmacists will be trained to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of critically ill patients. Trainees will receive intensive distance and experiential training that prepares them to participate within multiprofessional teams as the health professional responsible and accountable for patients’ medication-related outcomes. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2013.

Access Webcasts from the 42nd Critical Care Congress

Several videos featuring the industry-supported sessions from the Society’s Critical Care Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are now available free of charge at LearnICU.org. Access these presentations and earn continuing education credit:

Registration Now Open for January 2014 Ultrasound Course

Ultrasonography has become an invaluable tool in the management of critically ill and injured patients due to its portability, ease of use and accurate evaluation. Ultrasound is relatively inexpensive and presents little threat to patients and practitioners. With demand for ultrasound on the rise and new developments in technology, it is imperative that critical care practitioners stay up to date in this advanced modality.

Obtain the latest ultrasound information available at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) popular course, Fundamentals of Critical Care Ultrasound, to be held January 8 and 9, 2014, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California, USA.  At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundation of ultrasound knowledge
  • Practice acquisition of high-quality images via hands-on exercises
  • Demonstrate image interpretation and utilization of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool

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

Webcast on Pediatric Guidelines from the SSC

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Too often we have heard of a usually healthy child’s complaints being attributed to “just the flu” or “he seemed out of sorts,” when early recognition of sepsis symptoms can mean the difference between life and death.  Overall mortality from sepsis is much lower in children than in adults in the well-resourced setting, but specific concerns related to age-specific factors must be top of mind when treating a pediatric patient with severe sepsis or septic shock.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Pediatric Guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC): Considerations for Care, will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time. SCCM Past-President Margaret M. Parker, MD, will present an hour-long program focused on applying the SSC guidelines in the pediatric population. Attendees will be able to:

  • Apply the key recommendations of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign to the care of the pediatric sepsis patient
  • Describe the special considerations in the guidelines for care of pediatric sepsis patients and the differences between adult and pediatric patients
  • Utilize data from central line placement to benefit the patient’s care

This event, part of SCCM’s 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. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This program is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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sq-Quality-Project-Dispatch v1_0There’s Still Time to Register for End-of-Life Care Webcast
Registration is still open for the inaugural Project Dispatch series webcast, Improving End-of-Life Care through Better Clinician-Patient Communication, which will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, from the University of Washington in Seattle, will review the importance of his Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded study that focuses on ensuring patients receive the care they desire through improved patient-clinician communication. today. This webcast is support by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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