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SCCM Members Extend Commitment to Ukrainian Clinicians

A multiprofessional group of SCCM members trained more than 300 clinicians in September, returning to Lviv, Ukraine to provide Fundamental Critical Care Support: Surgical, ICU Liberation, and Advanced Critical Care Ultrasound courses.

REDISCOVER-ICU: Utilizing Data to Study Drug Repurposing Beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed significant gaps in the healthcare system, such as healthcare inequities and the need for more treatment options for intensive care unit patients with serious illnesses. Looking beyond COVID-19 to sepsis and other critical care illnesses, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Critical Path Institute’s CURE Drug Repurposing Collaboratory are collaborating on the new study Repurposing Drugs in Intensive Care Units Through Real-World Data Analysis (REDISCOVER-ICU).

Spreading Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training With the SCCM Course

In 2014, Nibras F. Bughrara, MD, FASA, FCCM, joined Albany Medical Center (AMC) in Albany, New York, USA, after completing a critical care medicine fellowship and perioperative echocardiography training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At the time, he was the only intensivist at AMC using point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).

Teaching Crisis Management in the United States and Around the World

Mary J. Reed, MD, FCCM, began teaching FCCS about 25 years ago. From there, her involvement expanded to teaching multiple SCCM courses, helping to develop courses, and teaching the courses overseas.

SCCM Supports FCCS Training in Tajikistan

Khorog, the regional capital of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), sits at an elevation of 2200 meters among the beautiful but rugged and isolated Pamir Mountains, where some people live at elevations of 4000 meters or more. In this resource-limited region, the Soviet-era healthcare system differs markedly from that of the United States.

SCCM Pod-350 Emergency Preparedness in Healthcare

Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Grete Porteous, MD, about emergency preparedness in healthcare and the role of critical care personnel in catastrophic situations.

SCCM Pod-351 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Lessons Learned

Ludwig Lin, MD, speaks with Charles Hunley, MD, about his talk presented at the 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii entitled, “Rapidly Distributing Critical Care Services in Response to a Surge Event with Multiple Casualties.”

Managing Moral Distress During a Pandemic

To help understand what moral distress looks like and how to manage and prevent it, the Society of Critical Care Medicine recently hosted the webcast Managing Moral Distress During a Pandemic.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Disch (Crit Care Med. 2018;46:437-441) set out to highlight the benefits of mentorship and its lack in underrepresented groups. Although women and minorities make up an increasing percentage of physicians and medical school faculty, they are underrepresented at higher ranks. She cites a study surveying over 1,100 women faculty members that found that only 54% felt they had a mentor.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Effect of Community-Acquired Pediatric Sepsis on Survivors

Killien et al (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019;Epub ahead of print) set out to evaluate the prevalence of health-related quality of life (HRQL) decline in pediatric survivors of community-acquired sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock and to determine which factors are associated with a failure to return to baseline HRQL.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Impact of Mentoring in Academic Medicine

Efstathiou et al (PLoS One. 2018;13:e0207634) developed a standardized mentorship program and a series of surveys to evaluate the program’s impact, specifically measuring faculty satisfaction and productivity.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Effect of a Resuscitation Strategy Targeting Peripheral Perfusion Status Versus Serum Lactate

Hernández et al (JAMA. 2019;321:654-664) set out to address that question with a multicenter randomized trial in which they compared two resuscitative targets: the normalization of blood lactate and the normalization of peripheral perfusion as quantified by capillary refill time.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Epinephrine Versus Norepinephrine for Cardiogenic Shock

Levy et al (J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;72:173-182) conducted a prospective, double-blind, multicenter RCT comparing epinephrine to norepinephrine in the setting of CS in patients who underwent AMI treated with percutaneous coronary intervention.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Effect of Low Versus Intermediate Tidal Volume Strategy

Simonis et al (JAMA. 2018;320;1872-1880) set out to evaluate the effect of an LTVV strategy versus an intermediate tidal volume ventilation strategy in intensive care unit patients without ARDS.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Antipsychotic Medications for Delirium in the ICU

Girard et al (N Engl J Med. 2018;379:2506-2516) and Page et al (Lancet Respir Med. 2013;1:515-523) evaluated the treatment of acute delirium with antipsychotics.

Concise Critical Appraisal: Effect of Sodium Bicarbonate Infusion on Patient Outcomes

Jaber et al (Lancet. 2018;392:31-40) set out to evaluate the effect of sodium bicarbonate infusion on critically ill patient outcomes.

OPENPediatrics Developer Honored for Supporting International Education

Read about the 2018 recipient of the Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Management of the Potential Organ Donor in the ICU

Crit Care Med. 2015 Jun;43(6):1291-325