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Literature reviews and articles from thought leaders and experts offer the latest insights into critical care issues and offer updates on SCCM activities.

Recent Posts

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine: What Clinicians Need to Know
In the past few weeks more than 7 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people in the United States. In clinical trials of approximately 40,000 people, the J&J vaccine given as a single shot was 66% effective at preventing the illness due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as COVID-19. Because the J&J vaccine is a single shot, it has been preferred in some circumstances.
Posted: 4/16/2021 | 0 comments | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Vaccines

Concise Critical Appraisal: Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines Update
The updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) COVID-19 guidelines are now available, reflecting the learnings from the latest major studies. This month’s Concise Critical Appraisal dives into the update to outline the changes and new recommendations made by the international panel and discusses limitations of the available data.
Posted: 4/7/2021 | 0 comments | Concise Critical Appraisal, COVID-19, Surviving Sepsis Campaign

ICU Liberation: The Role of Rehabilitation Professionals
The ICU Liberation Bundle (A-F) can help rehabilitation practitioners and respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) assess the broad, long-term goals of patients while zooming in on the immediate steps needed to achieve short-term goals. Physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech language pathologists (SLPs), and RCPs all have a role in using the ICU Liberation Bundle when caring for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Posted: 4/6/2021 | 0 comments | Early Mobility

Concise Critical Appraisal: Asynchronous and Distance Learning in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond
The medical community has faced many challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including ensuring continued medical education in the face of social distancing guidelines and the increased workloads of faculty and trainees. This Concise Critical Appraisal explores an article published in ATS Scholar that sought to outline distance learning options and develop a practical framework for transitioning content to a virtual platform.
Posted: 3/10/2021 | 0 comments | Concise Critical Appraisal, Professional Development

Achieving Buy-In for the ICU Liberation Campaign
As a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU), I did not have much understanding of the financial impact my care was having on the patients and my hospital. I have since graduated with a master’s degree in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist and achieved a doctorate of nursing practice. Since moving into an operations role nearly three years ago, I have seen the financial impacts of care to which I had been oblivious for the first part of my career. I ask myself: How do I advocate for the best patient care while balancing costs to ensure a financially healthy organization?

The answer: The ICU Liberation campaign.
 
Posted: 3/8/2021 | 0 comments | ICU Liberation

Discovery VIRUS Registry Outcomes and STOP-VIRUS ICU Learning Collaborative
The first outcomes of VIRUS were recently published in Critical Care Medicine. More than 20 manuscripts are being prepared for publication during the next several months. Additionally, sites have been invited to submit ancillary study ideas drawing on registry data. Of the 150 proposed, more than 60 have been approved.
 
Join the registry today and contribute to this important data collection.
Posted: 2/19/2021 | 0 comments | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Discovery Research Network, Statistics

Tocilizumab May Reduce Mortality in Certain COVID-19 Patients
Two recent trials suggest that immune-damping drugs such as tocilizumab may reduce mortality in patients with severe COVID-19.
Posted: 2/19/2021 | 0 comments | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pharmacology, Therapies

Concise Critical Appraisal: Early Hemostatic Management of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy
This Concise Critical Appraisal delves into a study published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine that sought to determine whether early hemostatic intervention can prevent the development of DIC and improve outcomes.
Posted: 2/17/2021 | 0 comments | Concise Critical Appraisal, Hematology, pediatrics, Sepsis

Addressing Implicit Bias in the Critical Care Workforce
Implicit bias is an unconscious negative view of a group of people that can compromise relationships and, in the case of the medical community, stand in the way of good healthcare. Learn how to approach and mitigate implicit bias. 
Posted: 2/14/2021 | 0 comments | Congress, Diversity, Implicit Bias

The Future of Sepsis Treatment
Sepsis continues to affect Americans and hospital patients across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1.7 million adult Americans develop sepsis each year1; this is more than the entire population of Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the country.2 Approximately 270,000 of these patients die from sepsis.
Posted: 2/1/2021 | 0 comments | Congress, Sepsis, Treatment

Association of Socioeconomic Status and Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes
Children being treated for sepsis stayed in the hospital longer if they lived in low-income ZIP codes compared to those who were from high-income ZIP codes, suggests a large national study being presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 50th Critical Care Congress.
Posted: 1/30/2021 | 0 comments | Congress, outcomes, pediatric, Sepsis

The Future of Critical Care Medicine
Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, presents on the future of critical care medicine at SCCM's 50th Critical Care Congress.
Posted: 1/30/2021 | 0 comments | Artificial Intelligence, Congress, Quality

ICU-Telemedicine May Reduce Death
Intensive care unit (ICU) patients who receive services via telemedicine are less likely to die and more likely to leave the hospital sooner compared with those receiving traditional ICU care, suggests a large study being presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 50th Critical Care Congress.
Posted: 1/29/2021 | 0 comments | Congress, research, Telemedicine

A Shot in The Dark: COVID-19 Vaccine Update
A January 8, 2021, SCCM webcast focusing on COVD-19 vaccination served as a primer for healthcare professionals who will be among the first to receive vaccines.
Posted: 1/15/2021 | 0 comments | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Vaccines

Concise Critical Appraisal: ARREST Trial: ECMO Versus Advanced Cardiac Life Support
The ARREST Trial compared extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)-facilitated resuscitation to advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) treatment in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). This month’s Concise Critical Appraisal takes a deep dive into the trial, published in The Lancet.
Posted: 12/10/2020 | 0 comments | Cardiovascular, Concise Critical Appraisal, Resuscitation

The Difficult Path Ahead: We Hear You and Are Here for You
SCCM released a statement to media imploring the public to rise to the challenge and follow recommended public health measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding large groups and staying home as much as possible. 
Posted: 11/20/2020 | 0 comments | COVID-19, Emergency Response, Mental Health, Resource Allocation

Concise Critical Appraisal: Is CPR Futile for COVID-19 Patients?
Is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) futile in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 experiencing cardiac arrest? A study recently published in Critical Care Medicine sought to answer this question and provide more data around outcomes of in-hospital cardiac arrest in patients with COVID-19.
Posted: 11/11/2020 | 0 comments | Concise Critical Appraisal, COVID-19, Resuscitation

Impact of Rapid Exome Sequencing on Management of Critically Ill Children
Dive into a study that evaluates a standardized process of using rapid exome sequencing to help diagnose critically ill children with suspected genetic diseases in this Concise Critical Appraisal.
Posted: 10/19/2020 | 0 comments | Concise Critical Appraisal, Pediatrics, Rapid Exome Sequencing

COVID-19: What’s Next: A Deeper Dive into Top Sessions
COVID-19: What’s Next, the first-of-its kind virtual conference hosted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), featured the newest research findings, epidemiologic models, and guideline updates for caring for patients with COVID-19 from specialists on the front lines.
Posted: 10/2/2020 | 0 comments | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster, Proning, Resource Allocation, Ventilation

Concise Critical Appraisal: Dexamethasone Use in the Treatment of COVID-19
This Concise Critical Appraisal offers a look into the results of the RECOVERY trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which demonstrated that dexamethasone improved mortality in hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
Posted: 9/9/2020 | 0 comments | Concise Critical Appraisal, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Dexamethasone

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