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Quarterly News Magazine of the Neurocritical Care Society March, 2017 Volume 12 - Number 1 Editor-in-Chief Saef Izzy, MD Boston, MA Editorial Board Romergryko Geocadin, MD Baltimore, MD Ed Manno, MD Chicago, IL Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN Mission Viejo, CA Brad Molyneaux, MD, Ph.D. Pittsburgh, PA Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD New York, NY Aimee Aysenne, MD New Orleans, LA Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MD Palo Alto, CA Audrey Paulson, DNP San Jose, CA Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, PharmD Boston, MA Jose Suarez, MD Houston, TX Michael Rubin, MD Dallas, TX Tamer Abdelhak, MD Springfield, IL Jennifer Kim, MD, Ph.D. Boston, MA Alexa Schlosser Chicago, IL Note From the Editor Dear Colleagues: I would like to welcome you to the first issue of Currents 2017, the official quarterly news magazine of NCS. This issue contains informative and exciting news articles and features that are sure to educate and entertain you, our Currents readers. I have a vision to expand this quarterly magazine during my term as editor-in-chief with a focus on actively growing our national and international readership. At the international level, our team would like to build the Currents audience by reaching readers from different critical care backgrounds around the world. To achieve this goal, we are in the process of establishing a recurring column to cover critical care news from Europe. Over the next few issues, we have an additional goal to launch other recurring columns to cover news from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Any NCS members who are located in any of these regions and would like to participate in Currents is encouraged to contact me (email below). In this issue, we include some exciting traumatic brain injury research news from the NOSTRA Phase III Trial written by Raimund Helbok, MD and Ronny Beer, MD, neurointensivists at Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. Raimund and I have been engaged in productive communication so we can successfully launch a European column as well as how Currents can be made more accessible to the critical care societies there. At a national level, the Currents Editorial Board is considering new ways to boost our reach to critical care nurses, pharmacists, residents and fellows from Neurology as well as subspecialties like internal medicine, neurosurgery and anesthesia. With the help of our NCS Residents and Fellows section, we’ve started building a Currents readers database, which we will use to send Currents on a quarterly basis. In this issue of Currents, we cover an initiative to reach out to internal medicine programs and find out how much they know about NCS. Every new year brings new changes. In this issue of Currents, the editor of our Ethics column, Michael Rubin, moves away from the old format of case review articles and instead discusses some recently published bioethics and palliative care articles that might be of interest to our readers. We hope that you will find the content stimulating and informative. Please share your feedback and any interesting ethics-related publications you have with Michael at michael.rubin@utsouthwestern.edu. Despite Earth’s changing climate, this season research studies has brought us a storm of targeted temperature management (TTM) trials for a number of acute neurological diseases. The editors of the Journal Watch column, Aimee Aysenne and Chitra Venkatasubramanian, do an excellent job briefing us on these trials. Don’t miss out on the Nursing column! The Nursing Committee share the results of their 2016 survey, highlighting the needs and perspectives of NCS nurses. In this article, they discuss the requirements to ensuring member satisfaction and to guide future development of educational nursing programming. In addition to our regular newsletter columns, this issue of Currents features many exciting news articles that I highly recommend you peruse. First, don’t miss reading about the exciting neurocritical care in Japan and their first ENLS course, which was organized as part of the first International Joint Symposium in Neurocritical Care held in Tokyo this past November. The article also provides highlights of the history of neurocritical care in Japan, of which we are all proud. The Resident Fellow Committee has a lot of exciting news to share. In this issue, Marin Darsie tells us about the new Neurocritical Care Pocket Guide, which was launched to provide trainees from all backgrounds with a practical diagnostic and management resource on the most common acute neurologic diseases. The Society of Critical Care Meeting (SCCM) last January was a great success and numerous topics related to neurocritical care were presented. Don’t miss Mary Kay Bader coverage of the NCS members who received the SCCM Presidential Citations. The SCCM residents and fellows’ experiences are also referred to in Lauren Koffman’s article. Finally, I would like to congratulate Stephan Mayer who is transitioning to a new position as a Chair of Neurology at Henry Ford Hospital as well as David Greer who has recently been appointed as a Chair of the Department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. I hope you enjoy this issue. As always, if you have ideas on improving Currents or wish to contribute, please email me at sizzy@bwh.harvard.edu. I’m also on the lookout for future Currents cover page artwork, so send me artwork that you would like to see proudly displayed in an upcoming issue. The cover art of this issue was submitted by Guido Falcone, MD, ScD, MPH, a neurointensivist at Yale University School of Medicine and an active member of the NCS Annual Meeting Science Subcommittee. The photo depicts the summit of the Mount Snow Ski Resort, located in Vermont, and was taken during a ski trip that took place between two busy weeks of clinical service. Guido says “skiing, and outdoor winter sports in general, are an excellent way to relax and decompress after being on service; it’d be great to connect with other NCS members who enjoy this sport and perhaps organize a ski weekend in the near future.” Sincerely, Saef Izzy, MD Editor-in-Chief 2


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