Category Archives: SCCM News

Voting Now Under Way for SCCM Elections

Voting is now under way for the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Once you have accessed the online ballot here, use your SCCM user name and password to log on.

The deadline to vote is November 24, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Your involvement in the process is encouraged, welcomed, and necessary for the Society to thrive as a member-driven organization. If you need assistance, contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827‑6888.

New VCCR Podcast

Tune into the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR) podcast series for in-depth interviews on critical care topics addressing the most challenging aspects of intensive care unit fellowship and residency. This series complements SCCM’s VCCR program.

The latest installment in the series is now available:

SCCM Pod-VCCR10 Pathophysiology and Management of AKI

After listening, keep the conversation going on Twitter using #VCCRounds.

THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the third round of seed grants to foster an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. These groups will offer survivors mutual support and the opportunity to share solutions to the challenges of recovery after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

The goal of these grants is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing an international network.

Applications are now open. They will close on November 3, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews.

The World Day of the Critical Lung

On November 17, 2017, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will partner in the first edition of The World Day of the Critical Lung, hosted by the Pan American and Iberian Federation of Critical Medicine and Intensive Care Societies.

This free global, bilingual (Spanish and English) online event will feature well-recognized professionals from around the world and provide updates on advances in the field of critical lung care and treatment of patients with severe lung diseases. Visit the event website for more information and to register.

Critical Care Community Hurricane Response

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) was recently profiled on the .orgCommunity website in recognition of its response to Hurricane Maria. The article highlights the various efforts of the Society and the response of the critical care community in providing aide to those in Puerto Rico. We thank all the members of the critical care community who responded to calls for volunteers and who shipped non-medical supplies in our Amazon donation drive. Special thanks also is due to our vendor partners, who donated medical supplies to those in need on the island. Look for the Giving Issue of Critical Connections in November for a full profile on SCCM’s response to the hurricanes that impacted the critical care community.

THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative

In support of the THRIVE initiative, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is proud to fund the third round of seed grants to foster an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families. These groups will offer survivors mutual support and the opportunity to share solutions to the challenges of recovery after an intensive care unit (ICU) stay.

The goal of these grants is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation for growing an international network.

Applications are now open and close on November 3, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Phase 2 of the THRIVE Program

The THRIVE initiative aims to help educate patients, their families, and the healthcare community about post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and provides resources for how to thrive after an ICU stay. There are a few openings for members to serve on the THRIVE Task Force. Interested members should send an email to president@sccm.org with a brief statement on why you are interested in serving.

Central Mexico Earthquake

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to the recent earthquake in Central Mexico. Leadership is in contact with those in the affected area and stands ready to assist and provide support. The Society has already distributed disaster response-related materials to those in the affected area and is poised to send calls for volunteers should such requests be made.

The Society has posted a number of complimentary disaster-related resources helpful in the response to earthquakes at www.sccm.org/disaster. This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to the earthquake.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at emergency@sccm.org.

If you are in the affected area, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during this disaster are so very much appreciated! We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the remainder of SCCM’s community to support you as much as possible.

Our best wishes during this challenging situation.

Hurricane Maria

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to Hurricane Maria. Leadership is in contact with those in the affected regions and stands ready to assist and provide support. The Society has already distributed disaster response-related materials to those in the affected areas and is poised to send calls for volunteers should such requests be made.

The Society has posted a number of complimentary disaster-related resources helpful in the response to hurricanes at www.sccm.org/disaster. This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to Hurricane Maria and any other storms that may form.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at emergency@sccm.org.

If you are in the affected areas, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during this disaster are so very much appreciated! We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the remainder of SCCM’s community to support you as much as possible.

Our best wishes during this challenging situation.

Antibiotics for Treating Sepsis

Liaisons from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Society of Hospital Medicine recently released recommendations for the use of antibiotics for the treatment of sepsis.

Titled “Sepsis National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measure (SEP-1): Multi-stakeholder Work Group Recommendations for Appropriate Antibiotics for the Treatment of Sepsis,” the material was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

In this article, the work group promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials to combat antimicrobial resistance and provides recommendations for appropriate antibiotics for the treatment of sepsis.

For more sepsis resources, visit www.survivingsepsis.org.

SCCM Journal Seeks Associate Editor

Research, teaching and clinical work in critical care medicine are increasingly reliant on data generated by many devices, accumulated in diverse databases, pre-processed according to unique study requirements, analyzed with sophisticated tools, and reported with composite outcomes. Readers of Critical Care Medicine rely on its reviewers and editors to evaluate manuscripts using very large datasets. The quality of the review process is intended to provide readers—clinicians and investigators alike—with reasonable assurance that the interpretations can be relied upon for integration into clinical practice. Such assurance increasingly relies upon effective application of data science and engagement of data scientists: command of the subject matter; expertise in sophisticated statistics; and advanced skills retrieving, visualizing and evaluating data (more colloquially, “hacker skills”).

Accordingly, the editorial leadership of Critical Care Medicine seeks nominations and applications for a new position: Associate Editor for Data Science (AEDS).

The AEDS will have several unique responsibilities. She/he will

  • act as the handling editor for manuscripts that are heavily dependent on complex manipulations of multiple databases. Handling editors select qualified reviewers, evaluate the reviews, make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief about final disposition, and propose editorial commentaries;
  • work with authors of accepted manuscripts to make their data cubes (multidimensional data arrays) accessible to readers using contemporary front-end visualization tools similar to those commonly employed in the business and financial industries;
  • work with authors towards design, preparation, and publication of informational graphics synthesizing authors’ results that illuminate new insights and promote new actions; and
  • write and publish editorial commentaries on selected articles

Self-nominations and recommendations should be sent to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, MCCM, at journals@sccm.org not later than October 6.

The journal will consider highly qualified individuals regardless of career stage. It is estimated that 10 hours per week will be required. As with all SCCM committee appointments, appointees must be active members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. As with all Associate Editor appointments, the term is two years with option for renewal. Associate Editors are appointed to the journal by the Editor-in-Chief and such appointments are contingent on approval by SCCM Council.

Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease

Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the opening of a docket to obtain information on effective methods for achieving implementation of water management programs (WMPs) intended to reduce Legionella growth and transmission in buildings at increased risk. The information will inform CDC efforts to prevent Legionnaires’ disease in the United States.

You can find the notice on the website of the Federal Register. The comment period ends October 17, 2017.

Sepsis Awareness Month

As part of Sepsis Awareness Month, the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization are teaming up to host the World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on September 12, 2017.

The WSC Spotlight is a free online congress in which 25 renowned experts from all around the world will give presentations on all aspects of maternal and neonatal sepsis, as well as give updates on sepsis in general.

For more information on the program, speakers, time zones, and to register for free, visit www.wscspotlight.org.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also marking Sepsis Awareness Month, recently launching an initiative entitled Get Ahead of Sepsis that urges healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers to be alert to the symptoms, act fast if sepsis is suspected, and to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis. As part of this initiative, the CDC will be hosting the Get Ahead of Sepsis Twitter chat on September 12 at 12 p.m. ET. Join the conversation with #SepsisChat.

Also, if you have not already done so, you are also encouraged to review the new adult sepsis guidelines released earlier this year and to familiarize yourself with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign and its THRIVE initiative, which centers on addressing post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).