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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.

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.

Members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Recognized

The European Journal of Clinical Investigation has compiled a list of the most influential biomedical researchers, and several members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine were recognized. Congratulations to the following members on their recognition:

Deborah Cook, MD
Gabriel Nunez
Russel J. Reiter, MD
Paul M. Ridker, MD
Robert M. Strieter, MD
Csaba Szabo, MD, PhD
Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, PhD, FCCM
Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD

The journal examined 15,153,100 authors from Scopus citation data from 1996 through 2011 and selected the top 400 based on citation and h-index. According to the list’s compilers, "Ranking of scientists is explicitly not the main purpose of this list. Rather, we wanted to identify a pool of researchers who have had sustained success in highly influential work." The list was created for an ongoing survey of highly cited researchers.

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.

Are Age-Specific Thresholds for Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Associated with Outcomes in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury?

Pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains the leading cause of mortality in children younger than 19 years. Most people think that the secondary brain injury following TBI occurs in the setting of elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) and diminished cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP). These physiologic measurements are thought to affect outcomes, so current guidelines recommend treatment of both elevated ICPs and decreased CPPs, although the thresholds for CPPs have not been well established in children. Although a smaller study looked at CPP in children with TBI, this work by Allen et al is the largest study to date that attempts to determine these thresholds.

Using a prospective, observational cohort, the authors examined data from TBI-trac, an online data repository run by the Brain Trauma Foundation. This databank collects information about patients with severe TBI and uses these data to track guideline compliance at 22 different trauma centers and for research. In this report, the authors reviewed the data on patients treated between 2000 and 2008.

In all, the authors studied 2074 records and divided the patients into categories based on age: 0-5 years (55 patients), 6-11 years (65 patients), 12-17 years (197 patients), and 18 years or older (1757 patients). They subsequently defined high and low CPP thresholds for each age group to determine if these thresholds impacted short-term survival. For those in the youngest group, the authors chose 30 mm Hg for a low CPP threshold (CPP-L) and 40 mm Hg for a high threshold (CPP-H). For subjects in the group 6-11 years, the CPP-L was 35 mm Hg and the CPP-H was 50 mm Hg. For the subjects 12 years or older, the CPP-L selected was 50 mm Hg and the CPP-H was 60 mm Hg. CPP values between the high and low thresholds were labeled as CPP-B.

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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.

Webcast to Discuss Ethics Surrounding Mandatory Vaccinations

In recent years, vaccinations have come under strong social and political fire. 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 Controversies in Critical Care series, Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, and Douglas Naylor Jr., MD, FCCM, will debate the evidence and ethical arguments in support of these policies. Their opinions about the potential impact of these policies on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be discussed as well as the potential impact of such policies 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
  • List 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. The webcast series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which there is no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence for guiding practice decisions.

Do You Know Your SCCM Engagement Score?

SCCMGaugeThe SCCM Engagement Index dashboard quantifies how engaged you are with SCCM. It represents your activity level with the Society, including years of continuous membership, products ordered, conferences attended and volunteer services on various committees.

The dashboard is located at mysccm.org. Log in using your username and password, and find your engagement score below your profile. The more engaged you are with your  Society, the higher your score. Start increasing your score today!