Challenges in Critical Care

20th Annual Challenges in Critical Care - A Multidisciplinary Approach
August 21, 2015
The Hotel Hershey

This annual conference is designed to promote the scientific evaluation of methods of care and to translate current literature into strategies to optimize the care of the critically ill patient.

Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, and other health-care professionals involved in critical care may benefit from attendance.

Overall Program Objectives – Challenges in Critical Care

  • Explore new diagnostics and therapeutic approaches for treating sepsis as well as the long-term consequences and rehabilitation
  • Examine the pitfalls of the fluid challenge in hemodynamically compromised patients
  • Differentiate physiologic effects of Venovenous and Venoarterial ECMO
  • Discuss an alternative view of sepsis based upon the current understanding of its pathophysiology
  • Identify symptoms of propofol infusion syndrome
  • Review current definitions of sepsis and septic shock
  • Identify new populations of ECMO and associated outcomes
  • Review mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and the newer agents used to overcome resistance
  • Discuss how decision-making theory can apply to difficult conversations and end-of-life choices
  • Examine the hazards associated with positive pressure ventilation and the sequelae of ventilator-induced lung injury
  • Discuss prescription drug diversion and abuse as well as the increasing dangers of synthetic marijuana
  • Identify the primary strategies that contributed to successful designation as an Ebola Treatment Center