A few months ago – what seems like a century – I daydreamed about all the good news that would come from our Annual Meeting in San Francisco. I was confident I’d be writing about how the meeting was a phenomenal success and how well SOCCA was positioned for the future.Continue Reading…
Volume 31 | Issue 2 | July 2020
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this issue of Interchange is devoted to COVID-19. As a professional society comprised of critical care anesthesiologists, SOCCA members have responded in numerous ways to the unfolding pandemic: clinical care at the bedside, reconfiguring perioperative spaces, leading surge responses at all levels, developing clinical and operational guidance at the national level, and remaining at the forefront of investigative efforts. In the meantime, the critical care fellowship match cycle has drawn to a close, and those of us in academic settings are both celebrating our departing trainees while preparing for the influx of new faces.Continue Reading…
The SOCCA Research Committee met in-person during the February 2020 SCCM Congress in Orlando. We arrived upon several goals further outlined below. While progress has been slower than planned for obvious reasons, we remain committed to gradually ramping up over the coming weeks.Continue Reading…
Given the extraordinary disruption to training and medical practice caused by COVID-19, the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) has taken swift action to relax policies, offering increased flexibility for anesthesiologists. The Board has also worked to provide seamless access to educational and mental health resources for impacted physicians.Continue Reading…
Natalia Ivascu, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine) and Jonathan Hastie, MD (Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons) are critical care and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiologists in New York City. Their leadership of a coordinated COVID-19 pandemic response across the New York-Presbyterian health care system was recently featured in NEJM Catalyst.Continue Reading…
Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has spawned a plethora of early data and literature. That which is not high-quality may hinder progress toward our understanding of the disease. Critical care and, more broadly, perioperative medicine are clinical arenas that generate massive volumes of data. As we routinely care for patients with COVID-19 in those settings, these data hold promise to further our understanding of the disease.Continue Reading…
Nicole King is an anesthesiologist and critical care physician at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently obtaining her Executive Masters in Clinical Quality, Patient Safety and Leadership at Georgetown University. She answered a call for volunteers in New York and staffed a repurposed operating room intensive care unit for a month. While there, she chronicled her experience via e-mail. Excerpts from those e-mails are reproduced below. Only minor edits have been made where necessary for readability and to guard privacy.Continue Reading…
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many ethical and moral dilemmas in the realm of public health, social order, duty of care, and fair distribution of resources. Difficult decisions must be made about how, where, when, and to whom resources should be allocated. Physicians and health care workers are bound by a duty of care, therefore, obligations to the patient’s well-being are generally considered to be primary. This is grounded in the principle of beneficence, among others. There is also a reciprocal obligation placed on health systems to provide the best possible infection control modalities at the disposal of healthcare workers, to provide them preferential access to care should they become ill, and to consider the well-being of the families as critical to supporting healthcare workers.Continue Reading…
Telework, or telecommuting, is an alternative work arrangement where “employees perform tasks elsewhere that are normally done in a primary or central workplace”. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 25 million people were telecommuting in 2018, and the number of telecommuters increased 115% between 2005 and 2015. Workplace social distancing, including telework, has been considered a possible mitigation strategy during influenza pandemics, and a number of companies and governments have encouraged workers to telecommute because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.Continue Reading…
Of all the disruption created by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), nothing remains more constant than its enormous uncertainty. How the immediate and long-term future of the pandemic will play out remains unclear. Yet, it is certain that the world is now fundamentally different. COVID-19 has and will continue to adversely impact individual and population health, both directly and indirectly.Continue Reading…
Read members-only job posts—including learning about a role with the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), which is seeking candidates for the position of Medical Officer for the IARS-FDA SmartTots Public-Private Partnership—at SOCCA’s Job Board.Continue Reading…
Interchange seeks to deliver timely, relevant, and high-quality content to SOCCA members. Contributions from members are not only welcome but essential to ensure that Interchange meets these goals. If you are interested in authoring content concerning clinical challenges, emerging research findings, member accomplishments, or anything of general interest to the membership, please reach out to email@example.com.Continue Reading…
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A new working group has been approved by SOCCA’s Board of Directors! Dr. Alisha Bhatia, MD, Vice Chair of the SOCCA Membership Committee, will be the leading the Early Career Anesthesia Intensivists Working Group.
If you or a colleague would be interested in learning more and getting involved, please join us for a virtual gathering on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5pm CT (6 pm ET). Click here to register and review the meeting details.
The REMAP-CAP investigators recently reported that treatment with the IL-6 receptor antagonists tocilizumab and sarilumab improved outcomes—including survival—in critically ill adults with COVID-19. See the pre-print here.
A Message from SOCCA’s President
Dear fellow members: SOCCA’s enthusiasm is unmatched! I would like to thank you for your strong participation in the recently distributed ASA survey for difficult airway guidelines. Our Society was the 3rd highest respondent, surpassing even bigger and national societies!
Thanks again for your participation and passion for advancement of the specialty!
Miguel Cobas, MD, FCCM
In this COVID-19 infographic, the prevalence and impact of coagulopathy is reviewed, the predictors of disease severity are highlighted, treatment options are described, and areas of clinical uncertainty are identified.
Source: COVID-19 Coagulopathy and Inflammation: The Knowns and Unknowns
Anesthesia & Analgesia131(5):1323, November 2020.
SOCCA Member Ashish Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, Wake Forest School of Medicine, contributed to October 2020’s Anesthesia & Analgesia’s article: “Prediction of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression on Inpatient Wards Using Continuous Capnography and Oximetry: An International Prospective, Observational Trial.” Please read the original clinical research report here.
2020 ASA Meeting
Several SOCCA members are participating in the 2020 ASA Meeting, including:
- Avery Tung, M.D., FCCM, and Jonathan Charnin, M.D. on “Critical Care Year in Review”
- Meghan Lane-Fall, M.D., M.S., FCCM on “The Role of Palliative Care Among Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Critical Care”
- Michael F. O’Connor, M.D., FCCM on “Understanding Medical Accidents”
Moderators for Anesthesiology 2020 will include SOCCA members:
- Ashish Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, and Lovkesh Arora MBBS, MD
- Kevin Hatton, MD, FCCM, and Gyorgy Frendl, MD, PhD, FCCM
- Pamela Roberts, MD, and Erica Wittwer MD, PhD