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Participate in Industry Education at Congress

sq-CongressStay informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care through educational opportunities offered by industry partners during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress.

Promotional Symposia

These non-CME programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments:

  • Critical Care Procedural Lab
  • Multi-pathway Neuroprotection: The SyNAPSe® Study Closes in on Proving Why Intravenous Progesterone May Succeed as the World’s First Successful Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
  • New Advancement for Urgent Warfarin Reversal
  • Early Assessment of Acute Kidney Injury: Are New Biomarkers Rising to the Challenge?
  • Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury in the ICU: New Perspectives

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed setting offsite and are free to attend.

In-Booth Education

Visit the Exhibit Hall to gain new ideas and a heightened level of awareness on clinical topics and new technologies through in-booth learning opportunities, which will take place during normal Exhibit Hall hours.

Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops

Attend a session on the show floor at the exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops, located directly across from the Exhibit Hall. Increase your learning opportunities and gain insight on a late breaking technology or clinical technique.

For full details, visit the Congress Industry Education page or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration for Congress will be accepted on site at the Moscone Center South. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM Registration Desk, located in the South Lobby of the Moscone Center, beginning Tuesday, January 7, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you haven’t checked out our iCritical Care Podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at www.sccm.org/iCriticalCare.

SCCM Pod-232: Assessing Family Satisfaction using the FS-ICU Instrument in a Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with David Hwang, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine and a neurointensivist at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Hwang will be hosting a webcast in 2014 featuring the FS-ICU tool, a well validated survey instrument utilized to assess family satisfaction with ICU care and shared decision-making. He will discuss the data collected from his Neuro ICU as well as his unit’s experience and why they became interested in family satisfaction research.

Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM speaks with Cathie Guzzetta, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN, Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Guzzetta has been mentoring nurses and physicians in conducting family presence research and developing family presence programs since the mid-1990s. She will discuss Family Presence during CPR and invasive procedures. This podcast made possible through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in support of Project Dispatch — Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals. Learn more at www.sccm.org/projectdispatch. (Project Dispatch) Released: 11/27/13

 

SCCM Pod-230: Pulmonary Artery Catheters in ICU Patients
Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Hayley Beth Gershengorn, MD, lead author on an article published in the August Critical Care Medicine, “Understanding Changes in Established Practice: Pulmonary Artery Catheter Use in Critically Ill Patients.” Study investigators found that use of pulmonary artery catheters in intensive care unit (ICU) patients has declined with significant variation across units, with most removal occurring in non-surgical ICUs and patients. Dr. Gershengorn is an Intensivist and Pulmonary Physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York. She is also Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. (Crit Care Med. 2013; 41[12] 2667-2676 11/27/13

Carry the Entire Congress Program in the Palm of Your Hand

sq-CongressGet ready for the Society of Critical Care’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress by downloading the Congress App. Point your mobile browser to www.sccm.org/ccc43app to access this handy tool. Search “SCCM” in Google Play or the iTunes store.

The Congress App offers a convenient way to access comprehensive Congress information, including:

  • Build your own custom schedule and “favorite exhibitor” list.
  • Access the Professor Walk Rounds schedule and detailed abstract descriptions.
  • Connect with friends and colleagues at the meeting via your favorite social media sites.
  • Access detailed session, speaker, business meeting, and exhibitor information from your smartphone.
  • Navigate the convention center and exhibit hall with interactive maps.
  • Receive real-time notifications such as schedule, room or speaker changes.

It’s not too late to participate! Registration will be accepted on site at the Moscone Center South. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM Registration Desk, located in the South Lobby of the Moscone Center beginning Tuesday, January 7, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Congress page or view the Program and Exhibition Guide.

Is the Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation Associated With Mortality in Critically Ill Children?

The presence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and fluid overload can adversely affect outcomes in children with critical illness. Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is one therapeutic modality that can improve outcomes in these patients. However, the trigger when to initiate this therapy is not known. There are studies suggesting that degree of fluid overload may be such a trigger but this does not seem to provide the entire answer. In adults, some studies have suggested that early initiation of CRRT in critically ill patients can improve outcomes compared to late initiation, although there is a paucity of evidence in children. The authors of this study sought to assess the effect timing of CRRT has on mortality in critically ill children.

Read more…

ICU Patient Communicator App

Communicator AppThe ICU Patient Communicator App by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) was designed to assist critical care providers communicate with patients who are unable to speak due to mechanical ventilation, hearing or speech limitations. The app also features translation capabilities in 19 different languages that provides the opportunity to have a two-way conversation between physician and patient.

The ICU Patient Communicator App allows patients to identity where on the body they are feeling sensations as well as the severity. Pain, itching and nausea can all be identified in exact locations on the body and rated on a scale of 0-10 for severity.

For more information or to download, visit the Patient Communicator App page.

You can also meet the Intensivist and App Developer at Congress in the Critical Connections Cafe during each break for a free demonstration.

Participate in Industry Education at Congress

sq-CongressThe Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care. Each year, industry partners invest significant resources in research and development, placing them at the cutting edge of clinical practice.

Promotional Symposia

These non-CME programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments:

  • Critical Care Procedural Lab
  • Multi-pathway Neuroprotection: The SyNAPSe®   Study Closes in on Proving Why Intravenous Progesterone May Succeed as the World’s First Successful Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
  • New Advancement for Urgent Warfarin Reversal
  • Early Assessment of Acute Kidney Injury: Are New Biomarkers Rising to the Challenge?
  • Long-Term Dialysis Dependence After Acute Kidney Injury: Health Economic Implications

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed setting offsite and are free to attend unless otherwise specified.

In-Booth Education

Visit the Exhibit Hall to gain new ideas and a heightened level of awareness on clinical topics and new technologies through in-booth learning opportunities, which will take place during normal Exhibit Hall hours.

Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops

Attend a session on the show floor at the exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops, located directly across from the Exhibit Hall. Increase your learning opportunities and gain insight on a late breaking technology or clinical technique.

For full details, visit the Congress Industry Education page or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Registration for Congress will be accepted on site at the Moscone Center South. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM Registration Desk, located in the South Lobby of the Moscone Center, beginning Tuesday, January 7, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

American Medical Association Offers Sunshine Act Toolkit

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal healthcare programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals.

Manufacturers were required to collect and track payment, transfer and ownership information beginning August 1, 2013. They must report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on an annual basis. In addition, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations must report certain ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members. The majority of the information contained in the reports will be available on a public, searchable website. Physicians have the right to review their reports and challenge any that are false, inaccurate or misleading.

The American Medical Association offers a toolkit, so physicians can be prepared when it’s time to review their 2013 financial data before online publication next year.

Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you haven't checked out our iCritical Care Podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at www.sccm.org/iCriticalCare.

SCCM Pod-231: Family Presence: Evidence vs. Emotion

Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM speaks with Cathie Guzzetta, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN, Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Guzzetta has been mentoring nurses and physicians in conducting family presence research and developing family presence programs since the mid-1990s. She will discuss Family Presence during CPR and invasive procedures. This podcast made possible through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in support of Project Dispatch — Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals. Learn more at www.sccm.org/projectdispatch. (Project Dispatch)

SCCM Pod-230: Pulmonary Artery Catheters in ICU Patients

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Hayley Beth Gershengorn, MD, lead author on an article published in the August Critical Care Medicine, "Understanding Changes in Established Practice: Pulmonary Artery Catheter Use in Critically Ill Patients." Study investigators found that use of pulmonary artery catheters in intensive care unit (ICU) patients has declined with significant variation across units, with most removal occurring in non-surgical ICUs and patients. Dr. Gershengorn is an Intensivist and Pulmonary Physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York. She is also Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. (Crit Care Med. 2013; 41[12] 2667-2676

SCCM Pod-229: Lifetime Achievement Award, Sepsis Research

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Mitchell P. Fink, MD, FCCM, who is the 2013 recipient of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Lifetime Achievement Award; he discusses his background in critical care, as well as his research endeavors in sepsis and the future of this disease. Dr. Fink is Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Program for Critical Care Medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. He also serves as Professor in Residence in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Anesthesiology at UCLA.

SCCM Pod-228 CCM: Screening Criteria for Palliative Care

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Judith Nelson, MD, JD, lead author on an article published in the October issue of Critical Care Medicine, "Choosing and Using Screening Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation in the Intensive Care Unit: A Report from the IPAL-ICU (Improving Palliative Care in the ICU) Advisory Board." The authors found that use of specific criteria to prompt proactive referral for palliative care consultation seems to help reduce utilization of ICU resources without changing mortality, while increasing involvement of palliative care specialists for critically ill patients and families in need. Dr. Nelson is professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, USA. She is also the director of the IPAL-ICU Project. (Crit Care Med. 2013;41(10):2318-2327.)

It’s Not Too Late to Attend the 43rd Critical Care Congress

sq-CongressAlthough the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress is right around the corner, it’s not too late to participate. Registration will be accepted on site at the Moscone Center South. An SCCM staff member will be available to assist you at the SCCM Registration Desk, located in the South Lobby of the Moscone Center beginning Tuesday, January 7, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Download the Congress App
Prepare for the 43rd Critical Care Congress by downloading the Congress App to access the complete schedule of events, create your schedule, view the list of speakers, and much more. Point your mobile web browser to www.sccm.org/ccc43app to access this handy tool. Search “SCCM” in Google Play or the iTunes store.

Play Click to Win a $500 Apple Gift Card
Participate in a friendly competition with fellow Congress attendees. Click is a scavenger hunt-like game built into the Congress App. Players complete photo challenges by taking pictures and submitting them via email to earn points. A leaderboard tracks everyone’s points and rank in the game. Get a head start before you even leave for Congress. Download the app, sign up and get started!

Taking place in San Francisco, California, USA, January 9 to 13, 2014, the 43rd Critical Care Congress offers attendees innovative learning opportunities from a diverse set of thought leaders from around the world. For more information, SCCM Customer Service.

Webcast Debates Ethics of Mandatory Vaccinations

sq-CCC_206x86Vaccinations have become a routine part of elective preventative care. However, the controversy surrounding vaccines and their use is only growing. One hot topic is the ethical implications of healthcare policies that implement mandatory vaccinations for intensive care unit (ICU) personnel.

In the inaugural webcast of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) new series, Controversies in Critical Care, Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, and Douglas Naylor Jr., MD, FCCM, will debate the evidence and ethical arguments surrounding these policies. Their opinions about the potential impact of such policies on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be discussed, as well as the impact on the healthcare system and society as a whole.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify those vaccinations that are currently "a mandatory treatment" for healthcare providers working in ICU environments
  • Review the current literature and evidence in support of mandatory vaccinations for healthcare providers
  • Detail the federal or local policies that establish the legal framework for instituting this practice
  • Explore the practical and ethical arguments favoring or opposing mandatory vaccinations for ICU personnel
  • Develop a plan of action for vaccination of ICU personnel using an informed opinion on the implications of mandatory vaccinations

The webcast, Ethical Debate about Mandatory Vaccinations in ICU Personnel, will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time (view additional time zones).

Register online today. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for SCCM members and $40 for nonmembers. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to inquire about the $200 group rate for institutions that will host multiple participants.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is a joint project between the SCCM Research Committee and the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s Ethics Committee. This series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence guides practice decisions.

Advance Registration for Congress Ends Soon

sq-CongressDecember 4 is the last day to take advantage of advance registration discounts for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress, to be held in San Francisco, California, USA, January 9 to 13, 2014. Thereafter, registration will be accepted on site only.

Register online using your Customer ID and password, or call SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. In addition, discounted hotel rates end December 12, so; make your hotel reservation through the SCCM Housing Bureau today!

This five-day event will offer opportunities to make valuable connections and draw diverse perspectives from all members of the multiprofessional critical care team. Learn about the latest developments in critical care by attending the always-popular abstract presentations and Poster Hall events offered at Congress:

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, on Friday, January 10, 2014, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. These presentations will highlight the top 62 abstracts submitted.

Poster Discussions and Awards Presentations
Interact and discuss original scientific research findings with abstract authors in the Poster Hall, which will be open Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, 2014. Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 270 at Moscone Center South.

ePosters
In addition to visiting the standard Poster Hall, attendees will have the opportunity to view all posters in an electronic format via computers, screens and other mobile views. These posters will be searchable and will may include enhanced information to provide the most recent critical care research available.

Professor Walk Rounds
Select poster presentations will be assigned by category to noted faculty and experts who will facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary between younger scientists and established clinicians. Presentations will be scheduled during the lunch break each day, Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, 2014.

For more information on Congress, visit www.sccm.org/Congress or view the advance program.

Early Registration Deadline for MCCKAP is Approaching

Register by November 27, 2013, to take advantage of discounted rates for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2014 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP).

Administered online February 27 to March 7, 2014, the MCCKAP online exam assesses critical care fellowship programs nationally. 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.