Registration Open for 2017 MCCKAP Examination

Registration is now open 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.

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.

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

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.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 16, 2016.

Now Available: Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement

Gain strategies for effectively implementing sedation liberation and promoting patient mobility with Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement, a new online training course developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement is designed to help you create a lean, sustainable and highly functional multiprofessional intensive care unit (ICU) team.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Recognize valid and reliable assessment tools to prevent and manage pain, agitation and delirium in ICU patients, using the ABCDEF Bundle
  • Develop strategies for integrating an multiprofessional team culture
  • Identify weaknesses or gaps in current ABCDEF Bundle practice and data collection
  • Assess skills using case vignettes and self-assessment tools

Participants will employ a template to assess sample patient data and identify areas for improvement. The course also uses tests to evaluate weaknesses and identify opportunities for bundle implementation to improve patient care. Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement includes eight narrated, interactive lesson modules. Physicians and nurses are eligible to receive 7 hours of continuing education credit.

Purchase Self-Directed ICU Liberation Performance Improvement today at the price of $185 for members ($225 for nonmembers). If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

2018 Congress Call for Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by March 3, 2017, for possible inclusion in the 2018 program.

Session proposals are submitted using the Congress Session Builder on MySCCM.org under the MY INVOLVEMENT tab. You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. Multiple sessions may be suggested for consideration. For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Please note: The Congress Program Planning Committee reserves the right to change, alter, merge, and reject sessions, titles, content, moderators, and speakers to meet programming needs. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

In 2018, SCCM will bring the critical care community to San Antonio, Texas, USA. Everything is bigger in Texas and the 47th Critical Care Congress will encourage you to embrace new perspectives and develop innovative ideas that push beyond limitations and challenge the current state of critical care. We invite you to join us February 24 to 28, 2018, for the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year. Registration opens June 2017.

Limited Seats Available for January Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat today for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive, two-day courses Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric, which will take place on January 25 and 26, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Limited seats are available and these courses are expected to sell out.

Assist in the immediate management of patients by learning or enhancing point-of-care ultrasound skills. Benefits of the ultrasound courses include:

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice.
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency.
  • Continuing medical education credit hours, 18.5 hours for the adult course and 19 hours for the pediatric course, available to physicians and nurses.
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures.
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more.
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one faculty ratio.

Registration for the ultrasound courses includes a complimentary copy of SCCM’s Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound eBook. The text covers the entire body and encompasses various views and diagnoses that clinicians will encounter at the bedside in both adult and pediatric populations. This book is a must-have for healthcare professionals who are interested in or currently practicing critical care ultrasound.

Both courses will follow SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress. If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register online today for Critical Care Ultrasound or Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric 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 have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Register for Adult or Pediatric Current Concepts Courses

Enhance and update your critical care knowledge by attending Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care or Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care, which will be held on January 20 and 21, 2017, before the 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. These two-day multidisciplinary courses are updated annually and deliver the latest clinical information relevant to patients in the intensive care unit.

Registration for Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care includes a copy of the 2017 edition of Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care and access to the On Demand version of the course. The interactive live course will include presentations on select topics, such as:

  • Seizures and acute intracranial hypertension management
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Sepsis
  • Liver transplant
  • Fluid management in septic shock

Registration for Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care includes a copy of the 2017 edition of Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care and access to the On Demand version of the course. This year, topic areas will include updates on new and cutting-edge approaches in the following areas:

  • Infections
  • Surgical developments
  • Technology
  • The specialized pediatric intensive care unit

Space for each course is limited, so register early for Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care or Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

If you plan to attend a course in conjunction with Congress, register at www.sccm.org/Congress. If you plan to attend a course and not Congress, register in the SCCM store by searching the course title. If you are currently registered for Congress, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to add a pre-Congress educational session to your existing registration and for answers to any of your questions.

Build your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients by attending SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress, to be held January 21 to 25, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community at this five-day event. When the right people come together in one place, ideas become reality. Register online today.

Dysbiosis Across Multiple Body Sites in Critically Ill Adult Surgical Patients

Current evidence suggests that symbiosis of commensal microflora play a significant role in health and illness. The effect that commensal microflora play in critical care is less well known. Yeh et al set out to assess the dynamics of colonization of critically ill surgical and trauma patients. The authors examined 32 critically ill surgical and trauma patients in a major tertiary care intensive care unit (ICU) and collected information on bacterial colonization at gastrointestinal, tracheal, urinary, oral, and skin sites.

Over the course of the study (and in comparison to healthy controls) colonization in the ICU group showed a decrease in diversity of microflora across multiple sites and a change in colonization from non-pathogenic to pathogenic bacteria.

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.

Free, Online CE Activities on Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Obtain free continuing education credits by viewing the educational content from 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. Available in two formats, you can choose from the webcast version, Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with ADHF, or the electronic publication, Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Monograph.

Both versions contain discussions from experts Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, of Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, Javed Butler, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, MBA, of Stony Brook University, and Peter S. Pang, MD, MS, FACEP, FACC, FAHA, of Indiana University School of Medicine. Topics include 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.

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 (CME) 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.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

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

Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric – Second Edition Available

Purchase the second edition of Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric, available in both print and eBook format,  and increase your pediatric critical care knowledge. This new edition was developed by leading experts in the field, includes the newest research and information, and is the most complete textbook for the study of pediatric critical care.

This compendium explores 16 core knowledge areas, including:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Disease, Immunology and Inflammation
  • Renal and Electrolyte Disturbances
  • Metabolism and Endocrinology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma
  • Pharmacology
  • Anesthesiology, Pain and Sedation
  • Technical Procedures
  • Principles of Monitoring
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Core Knowledge in Scholarly Activities

Comprehensive Critical Care: Pediatric includes up-to-date information on the full range of pediatric critical care topics, with hundreds of charts and tables to aid study and suggested readings to guide further exploration.

The publication is available for purchase in the SCCM Store, just $195 for members ($255 for nonmembers).

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

AKAACC Question Set 2 Now Available

The newly released Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care Question Set 2 allows you to assess your critical care knowledge with a new, unique set of questions. This self-study tool is designed for physicians wanting to review their critical care knowledge while receiving maintenance of certification (MOC) credit. Comprising 150 questions and rationales with accompanying study materials, Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care Question Set 2 provides a comprehensive review of the whole range of critical care topics.

Participants will benefit from:

  • 150 multiple-choice questions and evidence-based rationales
  • List of keywords and references from missed questions for further study

Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive 5 hours of continuing education credit. Five points toward MOC in internal medicine is also available.

Purchase Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care Question Set 2 today, just $150 for members ($195 for nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password.

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

Explore Hawaii During the 46th Critical Care Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has arranged discounts and special offers on exciting sightseeing activities to enhance the Congress experience.

Aha Aina, A Royal Luau
Experience Waikiki’s only oceanfront dinner show! In ancient times the Hawaiian people came together to celebrate momentous occasions. These gatherings were called ‘Aha‘aina (which translates to “gathering for a meal”). The luau will be held Monday, January 23, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The resort is located on sacred grounds and has created a modern, yet timeless Aha Aina, a Royal Luau, to honor the land’s majestic history through food, song, stories, hula, and culture—a true celebration!

To purchase discounted tickets, please call +1 808 921-4600 and use the code SCCM. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Congress Sightseeing Activities page.

Additional Sightseeing Activities
SCCM is also offering sightseeing tours for attendees who want to explore and discover all that this Pacific island paradise has to offer. Please visit the SCCM Congress activity website to make a reservation and for more details on the following:

  • Whale Watching
  • Turtle Snorkel Sail
  • Arizona Memorial Excursion
  • Diamond Head Crater Adventure
  • Jurassic Park Waterfalls Adventure
  • Volcano Tour
  • And much more!

Long-Term Quality of Life Among Survivors of Severe Sepsis

Severe sepsis currently accounts for 10% of all intensive care unit admissions and is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. Studies have shown that sepsis survivors suffer from many long-term after-effects. Among survivors, mobility and the ability to perform daily activities tend to be limited and are used as markers of quality of life (QoL). However, these prior studies have been small and have not taken into account high burdens of chronic disease prior to sepsis admission. A study conducted by Yende et al is a secondary analysis of two international, randomized clinical trials (A Controlled Comparison of Eritoran and placebo in patients with Severe Sepsis [ACCESS] and PROWESS-SHOCK), with the aim of describing QoL in sepsis survivors. The two cohorts analyzed included only adults with severe sepsis who were fully functional and living at home prior to sepsis hospitalization.

They found that approximately one-third of patients (as described above) who survived hospitalization for severe sepsis had died at six months. A further one-third had not returned to independent living by six months.

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.

Join the CDC in Marking Sepsis Awareness Month

In honor of Sepsis Awareness Month this September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sponsored and/or promoted numerous events stressing the importance of detecting this life-threatening condition early and taking preventative measures.

Help to continue raising awareness by participating in the CDC’s webinar, Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition, on Thursday, September 22, at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

Keep the conversation going on social media by using the following hashtag: #ThinkSepsis.

If you have not already done so, you are also encouraged to review resources related to the new sepsis definitions released earlier this year and to familiarize yourself with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign and its THRIVE initiative, which centers on addressing post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

SCCM Releases Policy Statement Regarding Interventions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine and four other major critical care organizations have recently released a policy statement endorsing a seven-step process to resolve disagreements about potentially inappropriate treatments.

Titled “Defining Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Interventions: A Policy Statement from the Society of Critical Medicine Ethics Committee,” the material was published in the September 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

No Cost, Online CE Activities on Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Earn free continuing education credits by viewing the educational content from 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. Available in two formats, you can choose from the webcast version, Tailoring Therapy & Improving Outcomes in Patients with ADHF, or the electronic publication, Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Monograph.

Both versions contain discussions from experts in the field on 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.

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.

Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

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

Reserve Your Spot for Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results

Reserve your spot for the second installment of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) two-part ICU Liberation webcast series. “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results” will be conducted for interprofessional teams (IPTs) working together to implement the ABCDEF Bundle. Registration is open to both participants and nonparticipants of the ongoing ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Collaborative. Those who did not attend the first session are still encouraged to register, and may view the first session before attending the webcast.

All members of the IPT responsible for bundle implementation (i.e., nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and administrative leads or nurse managers) are strongly encouraged to attend to ensure optimal impact. Results from participation will be most effective if attended by the entire team; partial team attendance is also acceptable.

During this second session, Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, MS-L, RN, CCRN, DC, Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant for Sutter Health and Dorothy Lingren, MA, Team Consultant for Sutter Health/Lingren Consulting, will provide an opportunity for teams to share the results of their test of change. In addition, the session will focus on how to address the influence and conflict challenges that frequently arise when working toward full ABCDEF Bundle implementation. At the end of the session, team members will have a preliminary list of activities to continue working collaboratively toward bundle implementation.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Report results from the test of change and plan the next test
  • Identify influences and conflict challenges that exist and practice using appropriate tools to address them
  • List activities that the team needs to address for successful ABCDEF Bundle implementation

This 60-minute webcast, which will be moderated by Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, FCCM, will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Registration is complimentary for all participants. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are eligible to receive continuing education credits. Please visit the event page for more information.

Register online for “Interprofessional Team Coaching in the ICU: Results” using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium and early mobility. This webcast series examines resources and tools for implementing strategies that can help reduce the risk of long-term consequences of an ICU stay.

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