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New and Exciting Activities at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress is drawing near. We have an exciting Congress planned, to include these new and exciting activities!

Critical Crosstalk Theater: Participate in stimulating debates hosted by members of SCCM’s specialty sections.

Tech Lab: Learn, collaborate, and network with fellow attendees about the latest and best technologies available in your personal and professional life. Technology demonstrations, experiential learning, social media analysis, and talks about a variety of technology topics will be featured.

Exhibit Hall Roundtable Discussions: Network with peers and contribute to conversations on critical care, professional topics, and career topics.

Register early to receive the lowest rates. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Congress Session Proposals

Have an idea for a session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 48th Critical Care Congress? Submit your suggestions by January 31, 2018, for possible inclusion in the 2019 program.

You need not be an SCCM member to submit a session. You may submit multiple sessions 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.

The 2019 Congress will be held in San Diego, California, USA, February 17 to 20, 2019. Registration opens June 2018.

Discover San Antonio at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress is quickly approaching! During your stay in San Antonio, make plans to see the sights and experience the unique culture of the host city.

  • Visit the Alamo, the site of a pinnacle battle in 1836 during the Texas Revolution March.
  • Explore the Riverwalk on foot or by open-air barge. The Riverwalk features an assortment of restaurants, theaters, shops, and entertainment.
  • Check out Market Square, which highlights the rich culture of San Antonio and boasts an abundance of family-owned cafes, working artists, and the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande.
  • Tour the Spanish Missions, which contain historically and architecturally significant sculptures and other important cultural resources.
  • Take an outing to La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. This historic village houses shops, art galleries, and many restaurants.

Discover what makes San Antonio unforgettable. Visit www.sccm.org/SanAntonio for more information.

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Register online today.

Congress Plenary Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Register online today.

Participants are encouraged to attend the plenary sessions. These thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FNCS, MCCM
Lifetime Achievement Award
How Critical Illness Affects the Brain … and Vice Versa

Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Rethinking Mentorship

Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS
Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
Military Lessons Learned for the Modern ICU

Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD
Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Sepsis: A Threat That Needs a Global Solution

Kevin Tracey, MD
Bioelectronic Medicine: A Jump-Start in Critical Illness

Steve A. Webb, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACP, FCICM, FAAHMS
Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them from a Global Perspective

For more information and to view the Preliminary Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th 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.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and THRIVE: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Advance Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Congress Abstract Presentations

Expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients by attending the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online using your Customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The Society’s annual Congress will be held February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Learn about the latest developments in critical care by attending the always-popular abstract presentations offered at Congress:

Star Research Presentations
These presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 2:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The top 64 abstracts submitted will be highlighted.

Awards Presentations
Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of abstracts and the top case reports will present their submissions with time for questions and answers. Sessions will be moderated by noted faculty and experts to facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary. Presentations will be held in designated sections of the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, February 25, through Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

For more information about Congress, or to view the Preliminary Program, visit www.sccm.org/Congress.

Abstract Submission Ending

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care. Submit your abstract for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress, which will be held February 25 to 28, 2018, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Abstracts may be submitted until noon Central Daylight Time on August 2, 2017.

Complimentary Congress registration is available to the first author of each accepted abstract. To be eligible, the first author must also be an SCCM member at the time of submission, in one of the following categories: fellow, resident, intern, student, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Other benefits include:

  • Star Research Award presentation opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other continuing education sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work that will be moderated by faculty in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education, and practice.

Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines, and available awards.

The 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Register today!

Earn Free CE Online

The opportunity to earn free continuing education credits is still available for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen. It is available as an electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph.

It contains discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Topics include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

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

Congress Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Critical Care Congress, the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year. Register today using your customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care.

  • Attend the plenary sessions, featuring presentations by authorities across disciplines on a wide array of clinical and research topics.
  • Participate in educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and interactive debates led by internationally renowned faculty.
  • Engage in numerous events and networking opportunities with members of the entire multiprofessional team.
  • Explore the newest tools and technologies provided by more than 100 exhibitors.

Join more than 6,000 members of the critical care community February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your critical care knowledge and enhance the care you deliver to patients.

For more information, including available pre- and postcourses, popular events and sessions, and hotel and travel details, visit http://www.sccm.org/Congress.

Congress Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress. Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports for the 47th Critical Care Congress, which will be held February 25 to 28, 2018, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts also will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Those whose abstracts are accepted also enjoy other benefits:

  • Star Research Award presentation opportunity: Authors of the top 64 abstracts are invited to give oral presentations during the regular Congress program without competition from other continuing education sessions.
  • Research Snapshot Theaters: Authors are invited to provide short presentations of their work that will be moderated by faculty in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Awards: Multiple awards are offered for excellence and special accomplishments in critical care research, education, and practice.

Complimentary registration is available to the first author of each accepted abstract. To be eligible, the first author must also be an SCCM member at the time of submission, in one of the following categories: fellow, resident, intern, student, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist.

Abstracts may be submitted until noon Central Daylight Time on August 2, 2017. Visit www.sccm.org/abstracts for complete details on submission instructions, formatting guidelines, and available awards.

The 47th Critical Care Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join the critical care community in San Antonio, February 25 to 28, 2018, and enhance the care you deliver to patients. Registration opens June 2017 at www.sccm.org/Congress.

Congress Session Addresses Antibiotic Stewardship in Sepsis

A session during the 46th Critical Care Congress addressed balancing early antibiotic administration and stewardship in sepsis.

At the start of the session, Mitchell Levy, MD, MCCM, notes the importance of the topic. “Through the Surviving Sepsis Campaign … we’ve produced sepsis performance metrics, which have now been adopted nationally by [the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services]. They mandate rapid institution of appropriate antibiotics for all patients suspected of sepsis within the first hour.”

That’s the good news. The bad news, according to Dr. Levy, is that “we live in a time of serious concerns about antibiotics resistance.” He noted many people say “the performance measures may have… unintended deleterious consequences by driving antibiotics into patients that turn out later to not have infections. That’s often been used as the reason to not to adhere to or accept the performance measures.”

The Society of Critical Care Medicine has been collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been in conversation with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to address this issue.

“We’ve come to see how to balance this by marrying the rapid institution of appropriate antibiotics with antibiotic stewardship,” Dr. Levy said. Panelists discussed the drive to make early antibiotics effective while minimizing how long patients receive antibiotics.

Panelists took questions from the audience and debated several questions, including whether the goals of integrating antibiotic stewardship with the rapid treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock were mutually exclusive. The group discussed practical and lesser-known benefits of a robust antibiotic stewardship program, and how to balance rapid antibiotic choices while still protecting against antimicrobial resistance.

Panelists included Lauren Epstein, MD, from the CDC, Tiffany Osborn, MD, MPH, FCCM, FACEP, representing the ACEP, and Stephen Weber, MD, representing the IDSA. The session aimed to review coordination and staging of timely antibiotic administration and to recognize the impact that antibiotic resistance has in clinical medicine and sepsis.

Dr. Epstein, along with Surviving Sepsis Campaign founder, R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM, served as guest panelists during the Critical Connections Live broadcast on the New Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock.

The updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines (available in both Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine) were released during the 46th Critical Care Congress, along with a viewpoint and synopsis published in JAMA. Materials are available at www.survivingsepsis.org.

Affiliated materials released in conjunction with the guidelines include:

2018 Congress Session Builder to Close Tomorrow

For those working on session proposals for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2018 Critical Care Congress, please note that the 2018 Congress Session Builder will close tomorrow.

Access a PDF about the Session Builder, which gives pointers on building a good session. After reviewing the information, go to MySCCM.org, click on the My Involvement tab and select Session Builder. For complete instructions and to review frequently asked questions, visit www.sccm.org/SessionProposals. Click on the tab titled Session Proposals.

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 25 to 28, 2018, for the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year. Registration opens June 2017.

46th Critical Care Congress On Demand Is Now Available

Now you can experience the stimulating educational content from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress as if you were there.

Congress On Demand provides access to the audio recordings and slides from hundreds of individual presentations drawn from the concurrent, joint and plenary educational sessions, as well as the afternoon symposia, from the 2017 Critical Care Congress. On Demand also includes Star Research Presentations, which highlight the top 64 abstracts submitted, and allows users to view and search all abstracts. Once you have purchased Congress On Demand, you can access the materials by logging in to MySCCM.org.

Congress On Demand is available for purchase in the SCCM store for $295 for SCCM members ($385 for nonmembers).

Additionally, many of the precourses are available for purchase. These include:

Bring the Congress experience to your home or office. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Save the Date for the 2018 Congress!
The 47th Critical Care Congress will be held February 24 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The Society’s Congress is the largest multiprofessional critical care event of the year and features innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Registration opens June 2017.

SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress a Resounding Success

Thank you all for making the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, a great success! The 2017 Congress provided more than 6,000 critical care clinicians from around the world with unique opportunities to network with leadership in critical care and experience enlightened and innovative learning experiences.

Videos from key Congress sessions, including plenary sessions and the Presidential Address from Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN-CS, PhD, FCCM, are now available.

You can also view video of the Critical Connections Live Broadcast from Congress. The broadcast featured live sessions, interactive interviews and highlights from Congress. The featured sessions centered on the ethics of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS/E) in the intensive care unit and the methodology behind and features of the new International Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016. Videos are available that feature the PAS/E session and the guidelines session, respectively, with accompanying related debrief sessions. After you’re done watching, keep the conversation going using #SCCMLive.

You are also encouraged to check out www.sccm.org/literature for information on all the late-breaking research and literature that was released in conjunction with Congress meeting sessions.

Make plans to join us next year, February 24-28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA!

Congress Session Centers on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS/E) is a topic of intense debate in society, not least among critical care medicine specialists, who treat many patients at or near the end of life.

Core ethical issues involved in PAS/E were discussed and debated at a Congress session entitled Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Intensive Care Unit: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues that featured experts Jan Bakker, MD, PhD, FCCP, and E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM. You are encouraged to watch a video that features the full session and debrief session with Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP. These issues are also discussed in an article in Critical Care Medicine that was released in conjunction with the session.

Continue the conversation about the PAS/E session and related article using #SCCMLive.