Knowledge and Skills Business Line

2015 - 4 August – Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
Heidi L. Frankel, MD, FCCM; Lauren Sorce, ACNP, CCRN, FCCM
This articles highlights resources such as lectures, courses, and publications SCCM provides to enhance critical care education.
It is our pleasure to detail the products and services that constitute the Knowledge and Skills Business Line.  Most of you will interact with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) through this line. We wanted to let you know about some key features and exciting updates by area, as led by SCCM staff partners Pam Dallstream and Kerry Copeland.
Congress Program:  Rich Branson and John Kellum will serve as Program Co-Chairs for the annual Congress in Orlando on February 20-24, 2016.  Expect high quality pre- and post-Congress courses (ECMO, Ultrasound, Airway Management, Hemodynamic Monitoring, and Mechanical Ventilation) and main session offerings that will allow participants to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits.  This year, member participation in program content has been strengthened and onsite interaction between speakers and the audience will be a highlight.  Plenary speakers include: Derek C. Angus, Jean-Louis M. Vincent, Jay A. Johanningman, James S. Merlino, Maurene A. Harvey, Brian L. Erstad, and Lewis A. Rubinson.  In addition, traditional poster presentations will be converted to a digital format. (More details to follow.) Plan on attending with members of your multiprofessional team!
Current Concepts Courses:  Save the dates (February 19-20, 2016) for these pre-Congress events and learn cutting edge (and key refresher) concepts in critical care.  Edward Bittner (adult) and David Turner (pediatric), along with their hard working committee members and SCCM staff partner Katie Caracci, are busily preparing 20 hours worth of content for each course.  This is a super easy way to get updated and earn continuing medical education/continuing education credits.  Check and check!
ECMO Management:  Following Congress (in Tampa, Florida, on February 25-26, 2016), you are encouraged to participate in a comprehensive overview of adult and pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in an intense two-day simulation course.  Each simulation group will have a maximum of 10 participants and two facilitators. Led by course director Heidi Dalton and SCCM staff partner Jerry Price, the course will train you well in the basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations. This course is held in conjunction with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).
Ultrasound Offerings: The adult version of the SCCM critical care ultrasound course is offered prior to Congress (February 19-20, 2016) and is led by course director Mark Hamlin. The pediatric critical care ultrasound course will be held prior to Congress as well (February 19-20, 2016) and is led by course director Erik Su.  Register quickly as these courses sell out! Several additional updates in the world of SCCM ultrasound should be mentioned.  The Advanced Practice Providers Ultrasound Task Force has been absorbed by the adult and pediatric committees with adoption of practices and instructors to make the courses more applicable to advanced practice providers (more time on vascular access skills stations). A textbook reinforcing material taught in the adult and pediatric courses will be available later this year with current and former ultrasound course directors and instructors Sam Brown, Mike Blaivas, Ellie Hirshberg, Jan Kasal, and Aliaksei Pustavoitau serving as editors.  Additionally, international sites can now export the basic and advanced adult ultrasound courses to their facilities using an SCCM-approved course director.  The first such course, expertly directed by Andrew Patterson, was held in the United Arab Emirates in April 2015.  Another was held in Peru in August 2015, and future ones are planned in Central and South America in the near future. Additionally, led by SCCM staff partner Jerry Price, SCCM is in discussions with several organizations to address personal certification and institutional accreditation for basic and cardiac ultrasound.  This work should facilitate hospital credentialing and address billing concerns held by our members.  Finally, expect the publication of guidelines regarding the use of ultrasound by Critical Care Medicine sometime this fall.
Mechanical Ventilation Textbook:  Look out for publication of this work in 2016 by expert editors Neil MacIntyre, John Marini and Ira Cheifetz. Katie Brobst is the SCCM staff partner. This book will include both adult and pediatric considerations in management. 
Learn ICU:  Where can you find articles, slide sets, podcasts, and lectures grouped by topic area?  The Society’s website is undergoing major upgrades under the direction of Suresh Agarwal and SCCM staff partner Melissa Nielsen.  The upgraded site will include enhanced search capabilities and more robust knowledge sharing features.
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