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
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.
These are the rules I gave the Bracketologists when creating their lists. I tried to make it as simple as possible.
- Goal is to find the best critical care medication
- General mixed ICU (better if it can be used in multiple patient populations)
- Adult patients
- Route is not specified, just the medication (e.g. could have PO or IV metoprolol)
- Focused on use in the ICU only
- 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.