Program

44th Critical Care Congress
January 17-21, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

The 2015 Congress curriculum will be packed with world-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, stimulating educational sessions, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. For more details, view our Preliminary Program.

 

 Pre- and Post-Congress Educational Sessions

 

Participate in pre- and post-Congress educational sessions. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics. Course prices vary; view the Congress registration form for details.


Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17

Full-Day Courses
Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.
​Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care Update your critical care knowledge by attending this two-day multidisciplinary course, which highlights a variety of topics applicable to the ICU setting. The interactive format will include presentations on select topics, such as: What’s New in Early Goal-Directed Therapy; Management of the “Almost Never Events”; Early Mobility; Leadership in the ICU; Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuromonitoring; Heart Failure and Cardiac Assist Devices in the ICU; Antithrombolytics and Antiplatelet Therapy in the ICU; How to Start an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program; and an “Ask the Experts” panel.

The registration fee includes a copy of the 2015 edition of Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care and access to the On Demand version of the course.
​Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care ​Attain expert knowledge and bring home new information and approaches for your pediatric critical care practice. This two-day, interactive course will fortify pediatric critical care professionals with up-to-date knowledge, the latest clinical applications, and insight to new and controversial topics. Topic areas will include: Diabetic Ketoacidosis and the Brain; Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in High-Risk Populations; Delirium and Sedation in the Pediatric ICU; Ultrasound Beyond Intravenous Access; Neuroprotection in Non-Trauma Patients; Information Technology in the Pediatric ICU; Pediatric Sepsis: Beyond the Guidelines; Issues Surrounding Donation After Cardiac Death; and Adjunctive Therapies in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Interactive case presentations will be included, as well as discussions with expert faculty panels.

The registration fee includes a copy of the 2015 edition of Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care and access to the On Demand version of the course.
​ECMO Management Held in partnership with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

Held at the University of Arizona's Center for Simulation and Innovation, this intense two-day simulation course will explore the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs for both adult and pediatric patients. The comprehensive overview will be taught by leading expert practitioners from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization and SCCM community. Participants will rotate through lectures and simulation scenarios. Each simulation group will have a maximum of 10 participants and 2 facilitators. Topics include: basic physiology of ECMO, basic pump types and options, cannula selection and surgical perspectives, patient selection and criteria, patient management pearls, economics, ethics and maintaining a viable program. In addition, there will be a special, live demonstration on how to make your own ECMO cannulation model for less than $10.
​Veterinary Critical Care Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

​Designed for veterinary emergency and critical care practitioners, residents and interns, the first day of this course will focus on veterinary neurology and neurocritical care and will be given by the winner of the 2014 Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award. The second day will focus on advanced topics in veterinary critical care and will culminate in a mock exam for those preparing to sit for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care boards.


Saturday, January 17

Half-Day Courses
Beverages are included in the registration fee.
​2015 Coding and Billing ​Keep up with the continuing changes in coding and billing with this educational course and receive the new sixth edition book. Course topics will cover: evaluation and management billing, critical care codes, ICU procedures and modifiers, special coding situations, and a coder’s perspective.
​Advanced Practice Providers: Administration, Leadership and Outcomes ​Examine the functionality of advanced practice providers (APPs) in the ICU. The course will prepare participants to answer crucial questions and will address various APP models, implementation strategies, mentorship, process outcomes and financial outcomes to optimally integrate APPs into the ICU and within healthcare systems. The content will provide both novice and experienced participants with the tools to expand APP practice. Opportunities to interact with experts in the field will allow participants to maximize learning and facilitate programmatic development. This course is part of the APP series.
​Critical Care Skills Lab Held in partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians

​A mastery of invasive procedures is fundamental to resuscitation and emergency patient stabilization. These invasive procedures, often required to save a life, may not be utilized optimally due to lack of practice, concern for complications, lack of familiarity, or advances in equipment or technique since one’s training. Join nationally renowned faculty in a closely supervised environment with hands-on labs designed to improve practitioner competence at invasive procedures. The lab utilizes fresh, unembalmed cadavers, which closely simulate the anatomy and feel of a patient. This lab will utilize the latest in techniques and will enhance or refresh these critical skills.
Full-Day Courses
Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.​ ​
​Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Replacement Therapies ​Study and interpret the latest research in acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy (RRT). Specific topics cover diagnosis and epidemiology; pathogenesis and pathophysiology; prevention and early management; adverse drug events; who should receive RRT and when; which kind of RRT should be used; RRT intensity and fluid management; access and anticoagulation; trouble and troubleshooting; and life after RRT.
​Airway Management in the Critically Ill ​Assess information on airway management, the difficult airway, anatomic surprises, airway devices and pharmacologic support. The afternoon will consist of skill stations for basic laryngoscopy, percutaneous and surgical cricothyroidectomy, channeled and nonchanneled airway devices, and supraglottic airway devices.
​Critical Care of the Patient with Liver Disease ​Learn about a state-of-the-art approach to the recognition and management of issues specific to patients with acute, acute-on- chronic, and chronic liver failure in the ICU. Multidisciplinary renowned faculty with expertise in critical care, anesthesiology and transplant surgery will discuss unique aspects of this population, including liver support devices, issues surrounding liver transplantation, and the pathophysiology and support of failing organs affected by liver disease.
​Critical Care Pharmacotherapy: Challenges and Controversies ​Review common challenges related to drug therapy in the critically ill patient. Using a “head-to-toe” approach, pharmacotherapy-related dilemmas will be presented using a case-based format. Specific topics will include controversies in neurocritical care, sedation and delirium, therapeutic hypothermia, drug therapy during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), poisonings in the ICU, anticoagulation, end-organ failure, difficult-to-treat infections, and application of biomarkers at the bedside. Special consideration will be given to areas of pharmacotherapy where the primary literature may be lacking or conflicting. The case-based format will allow for ample audience interaction. Attendees will not only be provided with a review of the most recent literature, but also an organized strategy for addressing complex scenarios at the bedside.
​Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Instructor Course ​Learn to teach fundamental critical care support (FCCS) based on content from the fifth edition textbook during this one-day instructor course training. The FCCS program has been updated, enhanced and expanded to reflect the latest skills and techniques practitioners need to treat critically ill and injured patients in the absence of an intensivist. This instructor curriculum incorporates a structured and formal approach to adult learning concepts with a focus on teaching strategies. It is recommended that participants be currently practicing critical care. Visit www.sccm.org/FCCS for instructor criteria. The registration fee includes a copy of the current FCCS textbook. This course is intended for aspiring instructors only. Course content is not suitable for those desiring FCCS provider status.
​Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) Instructor Course ​This course provides training on how to teach the fundamental disaster management (FDM) course to healthcare professionals who treat victims of mass casualty events. The FDM program provides the latest information on disaster response, communications, natural disasters, and man-made disasters (biological, chemical and radiation) through comprehensive skill stations. This instructor curriculum incorporates a structured and formal approach to adult learning concepts with a focus on teaching strategies. Visit www.sccm.org/FDM for instructor criteria. The registration fee includes a copy of the FDM textbook. This course is intended for aspiring instructors only. Course content is not suitable for those desiring FDM provider status.
​Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) Instructor Course ​During this one-day instructor course training, participants learn to teach pediatric fundamental critical care support (PFCCS) with the content from the second edition textbook. The PFCCS program has been updated to reflect the latest skills and techniques practitioners need to address pediatric-specific topics, such as shock, respiratory failure and transport of the critically ill child. This instructor curriculum incorporates a structured and formal approach to adult learning concepts with a focus on teaching strategies. It is recommended that participants be currently practicing pediatric critical care. Visit www.sccm.org/PFCCS for instructor criteria. The registration fee includes a copy of the second edition PFCCS textbook. This course is intended for aspiring instructors only. Course content is not suitable for those desiring PFCCS provider status.


Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 ​

​​Full-Day Courses
Breakfast is included in the registration fee.
​Critical Care Ultrasound ​Gain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging during this two-day comprehensive course. Participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations, featuring live models and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant.
​Critical Care Ultrasound – Pediatric ​Learn how to perform and interpret pediatric ultrasound imaging during this comprehensive, two-day course. Participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations, and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant.

 

 

 Popular Events and Sessions

 

ACCM Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony
Members and guests are invited to attend the ACCM Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony. New Fellows will be inducted into the ACCM and award and grant recipients will be honored. Come support your colleagues during this prestigious occasion.

Fellowship Directors' Luncheon
Critical care fellowship program directors are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors’ Luncheon, to be held Monday, January 19, 2015, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center. This year’s luncheon will provide information on how fellowship programs can develop systems to educate trainees and maintain compliance with the new quality and safety requirements. Expert panelists will lead the discussion, focusing on history, structure and measurement. This is a ticketed session and requires an additional fee to attend.

Plenary Sessions
Attend thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care. Plenary sessions are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:



Margaret Dempsey Clapp, RPH, MS, MDiv
Signature-Healthcare
Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MSc, MCCM
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Chief Medicine Service and Medical Director
Adult Health Care Institute Senior Critical Care Attending
Cooper University Health
Camden, New Jersey, USA

Dorrie Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean of the School of Nursing
Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing
Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Virginia Health System
University of Virginia School of Nursing
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

​Jorge Hidalgo, MD, MACP, FCCP, FCCM
Professor of Critical Care
Chief, Division of Critical Care
Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital
Member, Board of the Under the Water Science and Scientific Diving
University of Belize
Belize City, Belize

David A. Laskow, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Lyle L. Moldawer, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman (Research)
University of Florida
College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD, FCCM
Medical Director
Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Oral Abstract Presentations
Oral presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, for two hours on Sunday, January 18, 2015. These presentations will highlight the top 64 abstracts submitted.

Poster Discussions and Awards Presentations
Interact and discuss original scientific research findings with abstract authors in the Poster Hall, which will be open Sunday, January 18, through Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

ePosters
In addition to the standard Poster Hall, attendees will have the opportunity to view all posters in an electronic format via computers, screens and other mobile views. These posters will be searchable, and will include enhanced information to provide the most recent critical care research available.

Professor Walk Rounds
Select poster presentations will be assigned by category to noted faculty and experts who will facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary between younger scientists and established clinicians. Presentations will be scheduled during the lunch breaks on Sunday, January 18 through Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Educational Symposia
Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances that lead to better patient care during these thought-provoking presentations. Each session is presented by leading experts in critical care and offers a thorough analysis of the developments and controversies affecting most ICU environments. These industry sessions are complimentary for all Congress registrants and no additional registration is needed to attend.