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Antimicrobial Optimization in the ICU: Treating HABP/VABP in the Critically Ill Patient
Continuing Education

Online accredited continuing education (ACE) release date: May 18, 2022 
SCCM Product Code: SWEB22B
ACE expiration date: May 30, 2023 
Estimated time for activity completion: 1 hour

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the role of rapid diagnostics in HABP/VABP caused by MDR gram-negative infections
  • Appropriately use new antimicrobial agents for both empiric and targeted therapy in MDR gram-negative HABP/VABP
  • Identify strategies for managing critically ill patients with unique clinical scenarios, such as augmented or diminished renal clearance
  • Implement effective approaches to antimicrobial stewardship and minimizing TTET
Target Audience
This continuing education activity is intended to meet the needs of all practitioners who care for critically ill patients, including:

  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Clinical pharmacists
  • Critical care educators
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Family practice physicians
  • ICU medical directors
  • ICU nurse managers
  • Internists In-training professionals
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Nurses, adult and pediatric
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Research scientists
  • Trauma surgeons
  • Other critical care practitioners
Type of Activity

This self-directed activity includes elements that increase knowledge, application and practice for the multiprofessional team members.

This program is supported by educational grants from AbbVie and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Claiming Credit

You can access course materials, and posttests; complete your evaluation and claim your ACE credit by logging in to your MySCCM account with your SCCM Customer ID and password, then clicking on the icon for the course you are enrolled in under the MyLearning tab. If needed, you can click "Forgot my password" to reset your secure password.

Credit Hours

Successful completion of this continuing medical education (CME) activity, which includes participation and a passing score of 70% (three attempts) on the posttest and completion of the overall evaluation, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 credit hours.

Accreditation Statement: The Society of Critical Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The Society of Critical Care Medicine designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only those hours of credit that they actually spent in the educational activity.

The ACCME credits that physicians earn from this activity will be submitted to ACCME’s CME Passport, a free, centralized web application where you can create a personalized account to view, track, and generate transcripts of your reported ACCME credit. Visit to create your account. 

The Hospital-Acquired/Ventilator – Associated Bacterial Pneumonia: Strategies for Early Effective Therapy in Critically Ill Patients activity has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 8181, for up to 1.0 contact hours.
ACPE LogoPharmacists:
The Society of Critical Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This enduring educational activity provides up to 1.0 contact hours of continuing education credit.  


SCCM reports to a continuing pharmacy education (CPE) tracking service, CPE Monitor, which will authenticate and store data for completed CPE units received by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The tracking system will make CPE data for each participant available to the state boards of pharmacy where the participant is licensed or registered. After CPE units are processed by ACPE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to log in to a comprehensive electronic profile to access information about their completed CPE. 

Physician Assistants:
The American Academy of Physicians Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. 

This educational activity was funded in part by an educational grant from Abbvie Inc and Merck Sharp &Dohme LLC.

SCCM Grievance Policy
To provide due process in the evaluation and mediation of grievances concerning ACE activities, this Grievance Procedures Policy was developed. Grievances may concern, but are not limited to, the awarding of credit for individual participation and/or registration fees issues.

  • A written complaint or grievance should be submitted to the Education Department.
  • The Education Department will attempt to resolve the grievance of the complainant.
  • If the initial response is unsatisfactory to the complainant, the matter will be referred to the CEO/EVP for action.
  • If the response from the CEO/EVP is unsatisfactory to the complainant, the matter will be referred to the SCCM EC. The ruling of the EC will be final.
Planner and Faculty Information

The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established conflict-of-interest resolution process and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to provide unbiased content. 

Jose L. Diaz-Gomez, MD, FASE, FCCM 
Chief, Cardiothoracic, MCS, and Transplant Critical Care Section 
Baylor Saint Luke’s Medical Center 
Bellaire, Texas 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose 

Meghan B. Lane-Fall, MD, MS, FCCM 
Associate Professor 
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose 

Heather Meissen, DNP, ACNP, CCRN, FCCM 
Emory Healthcare 
Fayetteville, Georgia 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose  

Dawn Herman, BSN, MBA 
Associate Director, Accredited Education 
Society of Critical Care Medicine 
Mount Prospect, Illinois 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose 

Christopher Bland, PharmD 
Clinical Professor 
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy 
Savannah, Georgia 
Speaker's Bureau - Merck Pharmaceuticals, Biomerieux; Consultant - Merck Pharmaceuticals 

Tatjana Calvano, MD, FACP, FIDSA 
Infectious Disease Physician, Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency 
Brooke Army Medical Center 
Lewis-McChord, Washington 
No relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose 


Availability: Retired
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered


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