Industry Education

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th 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


Industry partners invest significant resources in research and development, and stand at the cutting edge of clinical practice. These programs, developed and sponsored by industry partners, will provide insight into the latest controversial developments affecting ICUs. Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed setting off site, and attendance is free.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Vabomere™ (Meropenem and Vaborbactam): Introducing a New Antibiotic
Organized by Melinta Therapeutics
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas Ballroom Salon C

This session will introduce Vabomere™​ (meropenem and vaborbactam) with a review of TANGO 1, the phase III registration trial, and an overview of approved prescribing information, including microbiology, clinical pharmacology, clinical studies, dosing, administration, and safety.

Fast Antibiotic Sensitivities: Implications for Improved Patient Care and Quality in the ICU
Organized by Accelerate Diagnostics
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas Ballroom Salon B
For patients in the ICU, bacteremia is a prognostic factor for severe sepsis and comes with considerable morbidity and mortality risk. This symposium will discuss challenges facing clinicians in the management of patients with bacteremia and will review the impact of recently FDA-cleared technology that provides fast phenotypic antibiotic susceptibilities.

Monday, February 26, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Optiflow™ Nasal High Flow: Evidence and Equipoise
Organized by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas Ballroom Salon A
The objectives of this symposium are to identify the current evidence for nasal high-flow therapy (NHFT) and its mechanisms of action, evaluate the emerging and clinically significant applications for NHFT, and discuss the evidence regarding the use of NHFT in the ICU and beyond.

Treatment Considerations in Distributive Shock
Organized by La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas Ballroom Salon B
In distributive shock, adequate fluid therapy and appropriate doses of vasopressors often do not result in achievement or maintenance of target mean arterial pressure. Join us as we discuss distributive shock, including the current stepwise approach to managing patients and an overview of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system as another potential target to help manage hypotension.


 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. In-booth education will take place during regular Exhibit Hall hours.

Booth #619
Abbott Nutrition
Visit Abbott Nutrition at booth #619 to learn about our specialty products, how Abbott Nutrition Health Institute can help you earn continuing education credits, and to sample our Juven Orange Cream Freeze. We will be discussing how nutrition can help support ICU and surgical patients and those with chronic nonhealing wounds.

Booth #551
Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement
Help shape the future of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification and Certificate Program by participating in our research for the critical care community. Let your voice be heard, meeting with APCA’s Innovation staff, the team behind the POCUS program.

Booth #355
American College of Chest Physicians
Visit CHEST at booth #355 to play chronic obstructive​ pulmonary disease (COPD) Whack-a-Doc! Under time pressure, review COPD statements, many addressing the management of chronic or acutely exacerbated COPD, and select those not accurate. If incorrect or too slow, an alarm sounds and you try again. Question rationales reinforce essential learning points.

Booth #556
Applied Medical Technology
Visit booth #556 for a demonstration and opportunity to practice placing the AMT Bridle Pro™ Nasal Tube Retaining System, proven to optimize nutritional outcomes and reduce pullout costs. Only the AMT Bridle™ is available in the widest range of sizes, from 5 to 18 FR, and cleared for use with ALL nasal feeding tube brands.

Booth #843
Ceribell, based in Silicon Valley, offers FDA-cleared technology to record EEG in a few minutes by any user without requiring an EEG technician. Stop by the Ceribell booth if you are interested in recording your own brainwaves within minutes. You will be able to listen to the sound of your brain too.

Booth #607
Cheetah Medical, Inc.
Using Dynamic Assessment to Guide Fluid Management. Presenter: Douglas M. Hansell, MD, MPH, Chief Physician Executive, Cheetah Medical Inc. Multiple studies demonstrate that, in nearly half of hemodynamically unstable patients, additional IV fluid does not improve perfusion and may cause harm. Only recently, with new technologies such as Cheetah Starling™ SV, can we routinely, directly, and noninvasively assess stroke volume and cardiac output changes in response to fluid therapy. Please join us at booth #607, Monday, February 26, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Booth #409
CoapTech visitors will practice a novel, ultrasound-based gastrostomy method, enabling bedside use. This percutaneous approach is perfect for intensivists, point-of-care ultrasound specialists, critical care medicine early adopters, or anyone looking to expand her/his repertoire. Learn about bringing gastrostomy to the bedside for simpler, faster, and safer patient care at CoapTech’s booth (#409).

Booth #655
CSL Behring
Please join us in booth #655, to learn more about an FDA-approved alternative to plasma for urgent warfarin reversal. Discuss clinical situations in which rapid reversal of warfarin is required for patients experiencing acute major bleeding as well as patients on warfarin therapy in need of urgent surgery/invasive procedures.

Booth #309
Edwards LifeSciences
Take action now to detect and address multiple pathologies​ by knowing more, early. Join Edwards LifeSciences for in-booth presentations on the latest in hemodynamic monitoring and sepsis management. Participate in demonstrations of our hemodynamic solutions that offer smart clinical decision support, including ClearSight, FloTrac, Swan-Ganz systems, Edwards Oximetry Central Venous Catheter, and our HemoSphere advanced monitoring platform. Join us at booth #309 to experience Smart Innovation.

Booth #422
EKOS Corporation
Visit the EKOS booth #422 to see Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis™ treatment in action. EKOS Corporation pioneered the development and clinical application of ultrasound-assisted infusion technologies. Today, interventional clinicians at leading institutions around the world use the EKOS® device to provide faster, safer, and more complete dissolution of thrombus.

Booth #509
Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)
Visit the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) booth and learn more about ELSO, the world’s largest organization devoted to improving the care of adults and children requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal support. ELSO is the home of the ELSO Registry, the worldwide database of ECMO and ELSO worldwide. Find out more about our offerings for ECMO training courses, cutting-edge scientific conferences and the demonstration of your ECMO program’s expertise through the ELSO Award of Excellence program. At the booth, you can also obtain a copy of the new 5th edition of the ELSO Red Book, the definitive ECMO reference source.

Booth #601
Fujifilm SonoSite
Please stop by the Fujifilm/SonoSite booth #601 for regularly scheduled Ask-the-Expert hands-on educational ultrasound scanning sessions. Get your hands on the latest SonoSite systems and review ultrasound examinations commonly performed in the critical care environment. Topics will include: cardiac views and calculations, IVC collapsibility ratio, pleura evaluation, and more.

Booth #741
Haemonetics Corporation
Join Haemonetics at SCCM to learn more about BloodTrack®— Blood Management and Bedside Transfusion Solutions and TEG®—Hemostasis Analyzer System. Haemonetics will be demonstrating the latest features and functions of the BloodTrack HaemoBank® and TEG 6s devices. Register for an in-booth session with your Haemonetics Account Manager today.

Booth #118
imtmedical AG
At the imtmedical AG booth, we will show you how to use the lung recruitment tool to set optimal positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) and reduce respiratory driving pressure on our Bellavista ventilator. We will educate you on the value of synchrony tools to reduce asynchrony in ventilated patients.

Booth #555
Inova Medical Group
Meet with Inova’s critical care physicians, as well as our in-house recruiters, to learn more about our job opportunities for critical care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses within our large hospital system in Northern Virginia. We look forward to meeting you!

Booth #839
Lantheus Medical Imaging
Lantheus Medical Imaging offers the #1 prescribed echocardiography imaging agent. Our exhibit provides clinical cases illustrating the impact that echocardiography imaging agents have on image quality and diagnostic outcomes in critical care patients. Participants may also engage in an interactive exhibit to assess an enhanced echocardiogram.

Booth #725
Medicus Healthcare Solutions
Medicus Healthcare Solutions invites you to visit booth #725. Meet our professional advisors and learn about navigating the job market, effectively negotiating compensation, obtaining new state licenses (IMLC), and the credentialing process. Also, gather valuable insight on the pros/cons of both locum tenens staffing and permanent placement employment options.

Booth #323
Medline Industries, Inc.
Medline Industries will be demonstrating the new Accuryn® critical care monitoring system, promoting the industry education workshop titled “The Breakthrough in Critical Care Monitoring that Combats AKI, IAH, and ACS: Accuryn™” and offering access to the webinars “The Physiological Effects of Intra-Abdominal Hypertension” and “Why Measure Intra-Abdominal Pressure and What to Do with IAP Measurements.”

Booth #433
RenalSense will offer on-the-hour presentations of a new technology for early detection of acute kidney injury risk, monitoring of treatment efficacy, and fluid management.​

Booth #835
Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical invites you to visit us at booth #835 for special events and sessions including: 

  • ​Percutaneous tracheostomy demonstrations by Thomas Wortham, RRT
  • Tracheostomy experts Jon W. Mah, MD, of Hartford Hospital, and Siva Raja, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic will be in our booth to discuss industry trends and other topics.

Booth #455
Syncro Medical
Sabry A. Gabriel, MD, inventor of the Gabriel Feeding Tube with Balloon, will be available at the booth to explain the insertion process of this feeding tube. He will explain how the balloon is used for early detection of misplacement and facilitating distal tube migration. A radiograph will be available for review.

Booth #806
The JAMA Network
Learn how to get continuing medical education for listening to podcasts with the JAMA Network’s new JN Listen app. Stop by the JAMA Network booth to learn more and watch a demo of the app.

Booth #326
Virtual Pediatric Systems, LLC
Come learn how Virtual Pediatric Systems, LLC (VPS) provides registry, statistical, reporting, and clinical services via three registries; VPS PICU, VPS NICU, and VPS Cardiac. Meet with VPS experts to find out how VPS can support your unit’s quality improvement initiatives while accessing comparative data from 135+ hospitals.


 Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops


Attend exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops during session breaks. Located in the Exhibit Hall, these workshops will provide additional learning opportunities and insight on late-breaking technology or clinical techniques.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Treatment Considerations in Distributive Shock (Theater 1)
Sponsored by La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
Presenter: Ashish K. Khanna

In distributive shock, adequate fluid therapy and appropriate doses of vasopressors often do not result in achievement or maintenance of target mean arterial pressure. Join us as we discuss distributive shock, including the current stepwise approach to managing patients and an overview of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system as another potential target to help manage hypotension.

The Breakthrough in Critical Care Monitoring that Combats AKI, IAH, and ACS: Accuryn™ (Theater 2)
Sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc.
Presenter: Gregory J. Schears

Accuryn is the world’s only technology capable of providing accurate, real-time data of urine production and intra-abdominal pressure. With a simple push of a button it makes the invisible visible. Join us as we discuss how it guides physicians to earlier, more precise diagnoses of acute kidney injury, intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome to ensure timely, effective interventions.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
A Revolutionary Approach to VTE Intervention (Theater 1)
Sponsored by EKOS Corporation
Presenter: Kennedy Omonuwa

Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening but is often difficult to diagnose, and it is frequently concomitant with untreated deep vein thrombosis. Join us for a highly interactive session on managing venous thromboembolism from the viewpoint of critical care. From patient assessment and multidisciplinary team algorithms to innovative treatment options and patient follow-up, hear about critical care’s unique role in
facilitating high-quality outcomes for this particular patient population.

Nasal High-Flow: What Really Matters? (Theater 2)
Sponsored by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Presenters: Jason Kirkness, Christopher Hutchinson

Join this interactive workshop, where we will outline the challenges associated with traditional oxygen therapy, review the findings from recent clinical studies, and debate your implementation of Nasal High-Flow for patients across the continuum of care.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Diaphragm Dysfunction: Monitoring and Mitigation During Mechanical Ventilation (Theater 1)
Sponsored by Getinge
Presenter: Ewan Goligher, Philip A. Hopkins

The diaphragm is the major muscle of inspiration, also called “the second heart.” Its function is critical for successful liberation from mechanical ventilation. Recently, it has been shown that diaphragm dysfunction is present in a high percentage of critically ill patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In this session, data will be presented to describe its prevalence and its effect on clinical outcome, methods to monitor and evaluate diaphragm activity, and strategies to sustain inspiratory effort. Continuous monitoring of the electrical activity of the diaphragm provides direct bedside information about impact of sedation and patient-ventilator interactions that can help implementation of “diaphragm-protective ventilation.”

AVYCAZ® (Ceftazidime and Avibactam): What Critical Care Physicians Should Know About the New Indication (Theater 2)
​Sponsored by Allergan
​Presenter: Angela Talley

This session will review the results of the REPROVE phase III registration trial and provide an overview of the approved prescribing information, including microbiology, dosing, administration, and safety.

Monday, February 26, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Breakthroughs in Diagnosing Pneumonia: Identifying Previously Missed Pathogens Using Explify Respiratory, a Novel Metagenomics-Based Test (Theater 1)
Sponsored by IDbyDNA, Inc.
Presenter: Robert Schlaberg

Due to limitations of conventional tests, the cause of pneumonia is unknown in up to 60% of cases. This program introduces Explify™ Respiratory, a novel DNA/RNA sequencing-based metagenomics test that identifies more than 200 common and rare bacterial, viral, and fungal respiratory pathogens. Case studies and clinical data will be presented.

Improving Communication, Safety, and Quality of Life for Mechanically Ventilated Adult Patients with Tracheostomy (Theater 2)
Sponsored by Smiths Medical
Presenter: Carmin Bartow

In this session, explore what is new in strategies to improve communication for mechanically ventilated patients and learn from clinical best practices in speech language therapy and enhancing patient satisfaction.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gaining Host Response Insight: Making Procalcitonin Work for You in Achieving Your Antimicrobial Stewardship Goals in the ICU
(Theater 1)
Sponsored by bioMérieux, Inc.
Presenter: Daniel F. Feinstein

Learn how to apply procalcitonin results to aid in monitoring host response to bacterial infections to achieve stewardship goals of reducing patient exposure to antibiotics and improving outcomes. Case studies will illustrate how the implementation of VIDAS® B•R•A•H•M•S PCT™ assay into treatment procedures in the ICU can optimize antibiotic prescribing decisions.

Treatment Options for Your Patients Requiring Urgent Warfarin Reversal (Theater 2)
Sponsored by CSL Behring
Presenter: Aryeh Shander

This case-based educational session will explore clinical situations in which rapid reversal of warfarin is required in patients experiencing acute major bleeding as well as in those in need of urgent surgery/invasive procedures. CSL Behring is a leading global biotherapeutics company with a broad range of innovative plasma-derived and recombinant therapies. For over a century, we have been driven by our promise to save lives. Today, our therapies include those to treat coagulation disorders, primary immune deficiencies, and hereditary angioedema, among others.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Syndromic Infectious Diseases Testing: Impact on the ICU and on Antimicrobial Stewardship (Theater 1)
Sponsored by: BioFire Diagnostics, LLC
Presenters: Gregory H. McKinnis, John M. Hurst

Learn how rapid syndromic testing impacts patients in the ICU and how it can be an integral part of antimicrobial stewardship in your institution. Presenters will discuss their firsthand experiences and case studies and will illustrate how implementation of syndromic testing can optimize antimicrobial therapy and improve patient outcomes.

Emerging Endovascular Therapies in Critical Care (Theater 2)
Sponsored by: ZOLL Medical
Presenter: Graham Nichol

Endovascular therapies are becoming increasingly prevalent in treating time-sensitive conditions in patients who require critical care, and the technical capabilities of the devices that deliver these therapies are evolving over time. Effective use of these therapies requires rapid, reliable deployment in the correct vessel, appropriate concurrent therapy, and expectant management of potential complications. Dr. Nichol will discuss these issues as they relate to the treatment of resuscitated patients, environmental hypothermia, severe traumatic injury, myocardial infarction, and other related disorders. Interventions considered will include endovascular temperature management, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and more.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Clinical Pharmacist: Your Partner in Achieving Antimicrobial Stewardship Goals (Theater 1)
Sponsored by bioMérieux, Inc.
Presenter: Christopher M. Bland

This program explores the role and impact of the clinical pharmacist in a hospital antibiotic stewardship program and how the clinical pharmacist utilizes different diagnostic tools to determine the appropriate escalation or de-escalation of antibiotics.

Treatment Considerations in Distributive Shock (Theater 2)
Sponsored by La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
Presenter: Ashish K. Khanna

In distributive shock, adequate fluid therapy and appropriate doses of vasopressors often do not result in achievement or maintenance of target mean arterial pressure. Join us as we discuss distributive shock, including the current stepwise approach to managing patients and an overview of the renin-angiotensinaldosterone system as another potential target to help manage hypotension.