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2020 Critical Care Medication March Madness Bracket and Info

Downloadable bracket: https://pharmacytodose.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/2020-critical-care-medication-march-madness-bracket.pdf

Just because the 2020 NCAA Tournament has been canceled does NOT mean, that the chance to fill out a bracket is done. With the help of 4 very special guests, our “Bracketologists”, we created a 68-team field trying to find the “Best Medication in Critical Care.”

Special Thank you to the Bracketologists:
Brian Gilbert, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Matt Rubertus, PharmD, BCCCP
Josiah Smith, PharmD, BCCCP
Melanie Smith, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Our Process:
I created a list of 136 medications (68 x2) that are commonly used in critical care. All of us independently made two cuts from 136 to 80 and 80 to 68. It was a democratic vote, the drugs with the most votes moved on. I created the rankings based on votes (teams with more votes got a higher seed) and to ensure some interesting first-round match-ups. The Bracketologists all work in critical care, but have a different specialty, so it was a great mix of specialties and priorities when voting on medications.

The Rules:
These are the rules I gave the Bracketologists when creating their lists. I tried to make it as simple as possible.

  1. Goal is to find the best critical care medication
  2. General mixed ICU (better if it can be used in multiple patient populations)
  3. Adult patients
  4. Route is not specified, just the medication (e.g. could have PO or IV metoprolol)
  5. Focused on use in the ICU only
  6. Everything else is up to you and your interpretation

Voting for the Listener’s Bracket starts Tuesday, March 17 and will continue until a Champion is crowned.

We will have a 2-part podcast dissecting the bracket with the Bracketologists coming soon. Stay tuned!

Let me know what you think! PharmacyToDose@Gmail.com or @PharmacyToDose on Twitter/Instagram.

-Nick

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