Joseph R. Shiber, MD
Immediate Past-Chair, ACEP Critical Care Medicine Section
At the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) 2015 Critical Care Congress held in Phoenix, AZ, last month, the ongoing joint efforts of the ACEP Critical Care Section and the SCCM Emergency Medicine Section continued. Under the leadership of Isaac Tawil, the SCCM EM Section Chair, a Critical Care Procedure Workshop was offered as one of the pre-congress events. It was the second year of this event, as last year we had the inaugural event of this type led by both of the “sister sections” developed and directed by Tim Ellender, previous SCCM EM Section Chair, and myself. Chris Ross added his experience running procedure workshops at previous ACEP Scientific Assembly events again as a course consultant, and we featured many section members and EM-CCM leaders as instructors including Evie Marcolini, Lillian Emlet, Brian Wessman, and more. We again were fortunate this year to have the support of Michelle Fox from Vidacare/Teleflex for underwriting the course.
The workshop utilized unembalmed cadavers for two half-day (morning and afternoon) sessions and included advanced airway techniques, cricothyroidotomy, percutaneous tracheotomy, thoracostomy tube placement, venous cut-downs, central venous lines, intra-osseous lines, pericardiocentesis, as well as the optional techniques of lateral canthotomy, suprapubic aspiration, and arthrocentesis. Ultrasonography was available at each station. Course participants included practicing intensivists, current fellows, and advanced practice ICU nurses. The feedback on the course was excellent and we hope to continue to expand and improve this workshop at future conferences. We also plan to continue looking for opportunities for collaboration between ACEP and SCCM on future projects.