Critical Care 2015-01 - Critical Care Alert - Jan 01, 2015

Target Audience:

This educational activity is intended for critical care physicians and nurses.


AHC Media is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Nursing Accreditation Statement:

AHC Media is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation:

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

This activity has been approved for 1.12 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14749, for 1.0 Contact Hours.

Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.

Faculty Listing:

David J. Pierson, MD
Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington

Nurse Planner
Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus
Nursing and Clinical & Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh

Peer Reviewer
William Thompson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Washington

Executive Editor
Leslie Coplin
AHC Media

Managing Editor
Neill Kimball
AHC Media

Associate Editors
Saadia R. Akhtar, MD, MSc
St. Luke's Idaho Pulmonary Associates

Richard J. Wall, MD, MPH
Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Medicine,
Southlake Clinic,
Valley Medical Center,
Renton, WA

Eric C. Walter, MD, MSc
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
Northwest Permanente and Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center,

Richard H. Kallet, MS, RRT, FAARC, FCCM
Director of Quality Assurance,
Respiratory Care Services,
San Francisco General Hospital

Betty T. Tran MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago


  • Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism in the ICU
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Platelet Transfusion
  • Statins Not Helpful in Treating ARDS
  • Should Long-acting Bronchodilators Be Used in Acute Exacerbations of COPD?


  • Identify the particular clinical, legal, or scientific issues related to critical care
  • Describe how those issues affect physicians, nurses, health care workers, hospitals, or the health care industry in general
  • Cite solutions to the problems associated with those issues

Financial Disclosure:

Critical Care Alert's Editor David J. Pierson, MD, Nurse Planner Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD, RN, Peer Reviewer William Thompson, MD, Executive Editor Leslie Coplin, Managing Editor Neill Kimball, and Authors Eric C. Walter, MD, Richard H. Kallet, MS, and Betty T. Tran MD, report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

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