SCCM Pod-418 COVID-19 Learning: Conversion of a Children’s Hospital to an Adult HospitalSCCM Pod-418 COVID-19 Learning: Conversion of a Children’s Hospital to an Adult Hospital

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SCCM Pod-431 Hypertonic Saline in Children with Raised Intracranial Pressure

Mannitol is a commonly used osmotherapy agent in raised intracranial pressure (ICP) but the side effects are significant. An alternative therapy, hypertonic saline, has shown varied results. Host Margaret M. Parker, MD, MCCM, is joined by Arun Bansal, MD, to review a study that compared the effect of hypertonic saline versus mannitol on raised ICP in pediatric acute central nervous system infections (Rameshkumar R, et al. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020 Dec;21:1071-1080). Dr. Bansal is a professor in the department of pediatrics at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.

Published: 1/22/2021

SCCM Pod-430 Optimal Bundle of Management for Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of premature death worldwide. The reported likelihood of survival with favorable neurologic function is less than 10% in most communities, despite widespread CPR training and increased advanced care EMS systems. Host Margaret M. Parker, MD, MCCM, is joined by Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, MACP, FAEMS, MCCM, to review a practical, attainable roadmap for enhancing the likelihood of neurologically intact survival following sudden cardiac arrest  (Pepe P, et al. Crit Care Explor. 2020;2:e0214). Dr. Pepe is professor of management policy and community health at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, USA, and global coordinator of the Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Alliance and medical director of the Dallas County emergency medical services in Dallas, Texas, USA. This podcast is sponsored by ZOLL. Published: 12/10/2020

SCCM Pod-429 Drug Dosing Considerations in AKI and RRT
Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is complex, and dosing varies among institutions. Host Michael Smith, MD, is joined by Melissa L. Thompson Bastin, PharmD, BS, BCPS, to review dosing regimens for CRRT, studies of CRRT antibiotic dosing, and CRRT utilization in COVID-19 patients. Dr. Thompson Bastin is a medical ICU and pulmonary critical care pharmacist and assistant adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. This podcast is sponsored by Baxter Healthcare. Published: 12/2/2020

SCCM Pod-428 Endotracheal Tube Size and Aspiration
Each year, approximately 790,000 patients in the United States develop acute respiratory failure that requires intubation and mechanical ventilation. Host Ludwig H. Lin, MD, is joined by Gintas P. Krisciunas, MPH, MA, to explore whether a modifiable risk factor, endotracheal tube size, is associated with the diagnosis of postextubation aspiration in survivors of acute respiratory failure (Krisciunas G et al. Crit Care Med. 2020;48:1604-1611). Gintas P. Krisciunas is a research assistant professor of otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Published: 11/19/2020

SCCM Pod-427 Severe COVID-19 and Sepsis

Severe COVID-19 infection can be a form of viral sepsis with occasionally concomitant bacterial infection. Pamela M. Peeke MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, is joined by Russell Miller, MD, MPH, FCCM, to discuss the definition of sepsis and overlap with case descriptions of patients with severe COVID-19, how experience with viral sepsis can be leveraged to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients being admitted to ICU, and the need to be able to differentiate viral from bacterial sepsis to avoid over or under treatment. Dr. Miller is medical director of critical care at FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA. This podcast is sponsored by Immunexpress.

Published: 11/10/2020

SCCM Pod-426 CRRT in the ICU From a Nursing Perspective
Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) requires considerable involvement from the bedside nurse. Host Michael Smith, MD, is joined by Barbara McLean, MN, RN, CCNS-BC, NP-BC, CCRN, FCCM, to explore when to start CRRT, the nursing role, and other considerations and challenges. Barbara McLean is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This podcast is sponsored by Baxter Healthcare. Published: 10/22/2020

SCCM Pod-425 Outcomes in Cystic Fibrosis PICU Admissions
Cystic fibrosis patient care has advanced greatly in recent years and the mortality rate has improved. Host Margaret M. Parker, MD, MCCM, talks with Michael A. Smith, MD, about PICU mortality and the factors associated with death among critically ill children with cystic fibrosis (Smith M, et al. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020 Oct;21:e879-887). Dr. Smith is in a pediatric critical care medicine fellow in the department of pediatric critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California, USA. Published: 10/15/2020

SCCM Pod-424 Critical Care Implications of Respiratory Depression on Hospital Wards
Continuous monitoring on hospital wards can prevent adverse events and unnecessary ICU admissions. Michael Smith, MD, is joined by Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, to review the demographics of respiratory depression, including opioid-induced respiratory depression on surgical and medical wards, and to correlate the results of the PRODIGY trial with the clinical practice of critical care medicine. Dr. Khanna is staff intensivist and anesthesiologist, associate professor of anesthesiology, and section head for research with the Department of Anesthesiology, Section on Critical Care Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. This podcast is supported by an unrestricted education grant by Medtronic. Published: 10/7/2020

SCCM Pod-423 Coagulopathy in COVID-19 Patients

COVID-19 is associated with a high prevalence of coagulopathy and venous thromboembolism. Host Kyle B. Enfield, MD, FCCM, talks with Jerrold H. Levy, MD, FAHA, FCCM, about what clinicians need to know about this serious problem and how it impacts care delivery (Iba et al. Crit Care Med. 2020;48:1358-1364). Dr. Levy is professor of anesthesiology, critical care professor of surgery (cardiothoracic), and codirector of the cardiothoracic ICU at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, USA. This podcast is sponsored by BioFire.

Published: 9/30/2020

SCCM Pod-422 Procalcitonin in COVID-19 and Influenza-Related Secondary Bacterial Infections
Procalcitonin testing on admission seems to be a valuable piece of information for early risk assessment and ruling out bacterial co-infection in COVID-19 patients. Host Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH, is joined by Michael Broyles, PharmD, and Eric H. Gluck, MD, to explore this topic. Dr. Broyles is director of pharmacy and laboratory services at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas, Arkansas, USA, and Dr. Gluck is director of critical care services at Swedish Covenant Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This podcast is sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Published: 9/24/2020

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