Upcoming Webcasts on Corticosteroids and Pet and Music Therapy

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will feature two webcasts in the month of June, covering critical care topics pertinent to quality patient care.

Use of Corticosteroids in Septic Shock
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
1:00 p.m. Central Time
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The mortality rate for septic shock can climb to 50% in the sickest patients. In this webcast from SCCM’s Controversies in Critical Care series, the rationale for use or avoidance of corticosteroids in critically ill patients with septic shock will be discussed. Djillali Annane, MD, and Greet Van den Berghe, MD, PhD, will highlight the controversies surrounding the use of low-dose corticosteroids and the association with clinical outcomes. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for SCCM members ($40 for nonmembers). For institutions seeking unlimited participation, a $200 group rate is available. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit.

Learning Objectives

  • List the rationales for the use of low-dose steroids in septic shock
  • Explain the controversies surrounding steroid use and clinical outcomes
  • Describe the context in which steroids should be used (e.g., dose, duration, severe sepsis versus septic shock)
  • Outline the end points for use of steroids (e.g., mortality versus shock reversal)
  • Categorize the adverse effects expected for steroid use in the critically ill
  • Review the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines regarding recommendations for steroid use

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is a joint project of the SCCM Scientific Review 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 is available to guide practice decisions.

The Impact of Pet and Music Therapy on the Critically Ill
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
12:00 p.m. Central Time
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Pet and music therapy have been in use for centuries. In this webcast from SCCM’s Project Dispatch series, these two integrative approaches and their ability to alleviate patient anxiety and reduce sedation frequency and intensity will be discussed. Linda Chlan, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Erika Gonzalez, MSN, RN, CCRN, will share their unique experiences with integrative therapies for patients and families in the intensive care unit. Complimentary registration is made possible by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the key obstacles and challenges to establishing such programs
  • Apply similar strategies in your institution
  • Evaluate your program’s success

This webcast was organized by SCCM’s Project Dispatch.  Project Dispatch aims to improve the quality, efficacy, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered research. This project is supported by grant number R18HS21940 from AHRQ. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of AHRQ.

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

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