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Drug Shortage Alert: Electrolyte Medication

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Drug Shortages Task Force has produced a comprehensive guide for assessing and responding to shortages of sodium acetate injection, concentrated sodium chloride, potassium acetate and chloride injection, phosphate injection, calcium chloride and gluconate injection, and magnesium sulfate injection. Manufacturers report a number of reasons for these shortages, including increased demand, manufacturing delays, suspended production, and discontinuation by the manufacturer.

The alert Electrolyte Medication Shortages includes information on the shortage’s impact in intensive care units, including suggested management strategies, pharmacotherapeutic considerations, and safety concerns. The recommendations are based on a combination of current evidence, clinical experience from multiple clinicians, and the need for conservation during these shortages.

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

  • Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Web Resources
  • Intravenous Loop Diuretics
  • General Considerations

John Lewin, MBA, PharmD, and other members of the Drug Shortage Task Force discuss safe and consistent management of drug shortages as well as on additional resources and strategies.

Major Grant Will Support Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has been awarded a grant in support of its new Project DisPatCH — Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that SCCM is the recipient of this grant, marking the first time the Society has received federal funding in support of a program.

Project DisPatCH, under the leadership of SCCM members Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FCCM, and Timothy Buchman, MD, MCCM, aims to help fulfill the goals of the AHRQ by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered outcomes research over the grant’s three-year period. The AHRQ supports this type of research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States. Read more…

Apply New SSC Bundles in Triage

The recently revised Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines identify triage in the emergency room as “time zero,” starting the clock on measuring compliance with the bundle elements. This measurement is central to the Campaign’s goals of performance improvement and mortality reduction. When determining patient eligibility for the three- and six-hour bundles, clinicians must understand the rationale for establishing triage as time zero and recognize how to implement the bundles in various scenarios.

During the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) April 23 webcast, The New Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundles: From Time Zero to Tomorrow, senior leaders of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign will focus on the revised SSC bundles and the rationale for the changes. Additionally, they will highlight ongoing research efforts that are dependent upon the data from bundle implementation.

This event, part of SCCM’s newest 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.