Education Update - March 2013
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) updated PDF
The first ever, prototype PACT module, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has now been updated by Arturo Chieregato of Florence, Italy and Marianne Fitzgerald of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
This updated PDF on TBI comprehensively addresses this important Intensive Care Medicine topic – covering the period from initial injury to patient rehabilitation. Starting with the assessment and immediate treatments of the primary injury, it moves quickly to focus on the preventable and treatable secondary injuries. Severe head injury and its assessment and treatment is followed by a section which summarises the interactions of general critical care management with TBI (e.g. the various influences on intracranial pressure (ICP)). The module finishes by detailing the complications of TBI (and neuro-critical care) and provides a review of patient outcome and its measurement. The clinical scenarios (patient challenges) are very real and rich in identified, clinically important learning issues such as the immediate management of a patient with an acutely deteriorating ICP / neurological status. This updated, rationalised module with completely updated references provides a complete resource base for practitioners managing patients with traumatic brain injuries.
To view, please see Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
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Other PACT News
ADDITION OF PAEDIATRIC SECTIONS ~ Robert Tasker of the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard University has been nominated to lead the introduction of a paediatric dimension to PACT. The concept is that under the direction of the new editorial Editorial Board member, a paediatric critical care section will be added to each PACT module. This exciting new process has already begun with the addition of such a section in the recent PACT module on Burns Injury (A B Guttormsen and colleagues).
PACT EVOLUTION AND INNOVATION ~ The PACT Editorial Board is currently discussing the future evolution of PACT, including possible changes to its name, and improving access via smartphones and other electronic media. If you have opinions or ideas on how this ought to develop, please forward your thoughts to us at the office as soon as possible, as the initial groundwork on this project is being undertaken now.
Educational Courses 2013
Advanced Training Courses in Intensive Care (ATCIC)
The Clinical Training Committee (CTC) of the DPD will arrange three advanced training courses in intensive care before the summer:
MECHANICAL VENTILATION ~ Dublin, IRELAND: April 10-12. Local organiser: Ivan Hayes Course leader: Gavin Joint. In collaboration with the Irish Society of Intensive Care
HAEMODYNAMIC MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT ~ PORTUGAL: May 10-12. Local organiser: Joao Gouveia Course leader: Maurizio Cecconi. In collaboration with the Portuguese Society of Intensive Care
INTENSIVE CARE NEPHROLOGY (ICN) - BEYOND BASIC ~ London, UK: June 25-26. Local organiser: Francesca Rubulotta. Course leaders: Franscesca Rubulotta and Charles Gomersall. Contact: ESICM office
EDIC Part II Update
Registration opened on February 25th for limited places in the old and new model EDIC Part II exam Spring Session. Due to overwhelming demand for placement, most centres available for this session were completely full within a short time period. A few centres remain open, and organisers will continue to push for additional places and centres to offer the exam in this session. For more information about places currently available or to read more about our new exam model and future larger sessions which are planned for November 2013, please see our dedicated webpage.<Back to the news list