The Department of Critical Care Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh had a high profile at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Congress in Miami as usual. Raj Aneja, Eric Milbrandt, and Sam Tisherman were on the Program Planning Committee. They were also joined by Sandra Kane-Gill of the School of Pharmacy. Faculty involvement in the program began with Postgraduate Courses. Sam Tisherman organized a new course entitled “Intensivists as Educators,” and invited Paul Rogers to be one of the key faculty. John Kellum participated in Renal Replacement Therapy for Intensivists. Marie Baldiserri moderated the annual Fundamental Critical Care Support Instructor Course.
This year was the second year for the plenary talks named for the founders of the Society. The Peter Safar Honorary Lecture was given by Janet M. Corrigan, MBA, PhD, President and CEO of the National Quality Forum. Her talk was entitled “National Priorities and Goals for Transforming Healthcare.” The Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture was given by Edward D. Miller, MD, Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His talk was entitled “Healthcare Reform: What It Means to Us.”
Faculty also actively participated in the main program. David Crippen debated Michael West regarding whether “Bedside ICU Procedures Should Only Be Done By Surgeons.” John Kellum, Raghavan Murugan, Ali Al-Khafaji, and David Crippen participated in a session on Managing Organ Donors in the ICU.
John Kellum gave talks on “Serum Creatinine and Cystatin C” and “Volume Status Definitions: What’s New.”
Doug White gave talks on “End-of-life Care: Determining Patient Preferences” and “Family Roles Update on Non-Heart Beating Transplant Donation.”
Derek Angus participated in the International Sepsis Forum, giving a talk on “Con: We Should Use Biomarkers to Guide Care for Sepsis Patients.” He also spoke on “How Best to Generate New Evidence? The Conduct of Clinical Trials.”
Eric Milbrandt moderated a session on administration and gave a talk on “Patients Gone Wild: Agitation and Delirium in the ICU.”
Faculty, fellows and nurses from the Pediatric Division of the Department of Critical Care Medicine made substantial contributions to SCCM 2010. Invited lectures were given by Drs. Rajesh Aneja, Hülya Bayir, Joseph Carcillo, Robert Clark, and Patrick Kochanek. Current fellows, faculty and nurses from the pediatric ICU presented a total of 18 abstracts. Five of these were presented in oral presentations by pediatric critical care medicine fellows. Past and present PCCM fellows received 22% of the abstract based awards.