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Dr. Shoemaker Remembered during 46th Critical Care Congress

William C. Shoemaker, MD, MCCM, one of the critical care community’s great visionaries and founders, was remembered during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 46th Critical Care Congress with a powerful memorial video.

Together with his wife, Norma, the Shoemakers were instrumental in founding the Society of Critical Care Medicine, helping to start the organization from the ground up.

Dr. Shoemaker was a key voice in the effort to have critical care considered a specialized area of medicine, and was a staunch believer that optimal critical care should be delivered by a multidisciplinary team. He served as the third SCCM president, from 1973 to 1974. In addition, one of his most impressive undertakings was serving as the first editor of Critical Care Medicine.

Congress Talk Centers on Science behind Liberating ICU Patients and Families

You are encouraged to check out video of an informative plenary session from the 46th Critical Care Congress entitled ABCDE and F Bundle: The Science Behind Liberating ICU Patients and Families.  It features E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM, describing the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines, reviewing the epidemiology and risk factors for critical illness brain injury, and introducing the evidence-based ABCDEF bundle and successful quality improvement methodology. Dr. Ely also discusses optimizing culture change to improve patient outcomes.

The plenary was accompanied by the release of Dr. Ely’s late breaking paper, The ABCDEF Bundle: Science and Philosophy of How ICU Liberation Serves Patients and Families.

In the paper, published in the February 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Ely notes: “One thing most physicians detest is being told what to do or seeing some ‘recipe’ put forth for their patients’ medical care. We know what we do is a professional calling and an art; we are not merely medical providers or technicians. ICU liberation is not meant as a recipe or a ‘protocol’ to be blindly followed.

Quite the opposite. Some of you may, without reading this synthesis, practice up-to-date and seamless ICU care. If so, then the science and philosophy of ICU liberation are yours, and this article will be of help perhaps as a way of ‘packaging’ what you already do. However, having visited many hundreds of ICUs around the world, I have not seen even one (including those in which I am privileged to serve patients and their families as an attending physician) that I think practices these ICU liberation concepts well enough.”

Dr. Ely also references the connection between ICU treatment and the Society’s THRIVE initiative, noting the importance of continuing to care for patients and families after the ICU.

After watching the plenary session and reading Dr. Ely’s paper, you are further encouraged to check out various ICU Liberation resources, including:

Additional resources related to the family-centered care guidelines include:

Gap Analysis Tool – Identification of Your ICU’s Practice Differences

Family-Centered Care Guidelines – Gap Analysis Tool Instructional Video​

Visit for additional resources related to the family-centered care guidelines.

After you review the above material, keep the conversation going online using #ICULiberation.

SCCM’s 46th Critical Care Congress a Resounding Success

Thank you all for making the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, a great success! The 2017 Congress provided more than 6,000 critical care clinicians from around the world with unique opportunities to network with leadership in critical care and experience enlightened and innovative learning experiences.

Videos from key Congress sessions, including plenary sessions and the Presidential Address from Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN-CS, PhD, FCCM, are now available.

You can also view video of the Critical Connections Live Broadcast from Congress. The broadcast featured live sessions, interactive interviews and highlights from Congress. The featured sessions centered on the ethics of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS/E) in the intensive care unit and the methodology behind and features of the new International Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016. Videos are available that feature the PAS/E session and the guidelines session, respectively, with accompanying related debrief sessions. After you’re done watching, keep the conversation going using #SCCMLive.

You are also encouraged to check out for information on all the late-breaking research and literature that was released in conjunction with Congress meeting sessions.

Make plans to join us next year, February 24-28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA!

Congress Session Centers on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS/E) is a topic of intense debate in society, not least among critical care medicine specialists, who treat many patients at or near the end of life.

Core ethical issues involved in PAS/E were discussed and debated at a Congress session entitled Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Intensive Care Unit: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues that featured experts Jan Bakker, MD, PhD, FCCP, and E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM. You are encouraged to watch a video that features the full session and debrief session with Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP. These issues are also discussed in an article in Critical Care Medicine that was released in conjunction with the session.

Continue the conversation about the PAS/E session and related article using #SCCMLive.

SCCM Announces New Critical Care Research Network: Discovery

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently unveiled its newest endeavor: Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network (#DiscoveryNet).

Through Discovery, SCCM will foster collaborative research to promote the advancement of science in the field to improve outcomes for critically ill and injured patients. Discovery will seek to exponentially increase research in the critical care field and use SCCM’s existing broad base of programs to disseminate its findings into practice.

Joining SCCM for the launch of this endeavor is the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT) Group and the Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network (CCPTN), who will become part of the new Discovery program. Bringing together these highly successful existing networks will jump-start Discovery activities. Other existing research networks with a similar focus are also invited to join SCCM in this exciting endeavor.

The Society will support Discovery with a multimillion-dollar investment in professional staff, infrastructure and research grants. In addition, the Discovery Oversight Committee and Discovery Steering Committee have been established to provide guidance for an inclusive, diverse, integrated, and multidisciplinary network for research that improves outcomes across the continuum of care for critically ill patients and their families.

Please consider how Discovery can assist you in your research. Whether by connecting you with fellow investigators or accessing Discovery’s clinical informatics team, data and safety monitoring groups, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant central registries or new SCCM-Weil research grants, Discovery is eager to engage with you and your investigators.

Join SCCM’s Research Section to keep abreast of Discovery activities and find out more about how you can participate. For further information and inquiries, please email

Updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines

Updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines (available in both Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine) were released during the 46th Critical Care Congress, along with a viewpoint and synopsis published in JAMA. Materials are available at

Affiliated materials released in conjunction with the guidelines include:

– A Users’ Guide to the 2016 Surviving Sepsis Guidelines
Critical Care Medicine
Intensive Care Medicine

– Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: A Continuous Move Toward Better Care of Patients With Sepsis
JAMA Viewpoint

Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock
JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis

Practice guidelines as implementation science: the journal editorsʼ perspective
Critical Care Medicine
Intensive Care Medicine

Video: Comparison of recommendations from 2012 to 2016

Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016 is a joint collaboration between the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

The guidelines, developed by a consensus committee of 55 international experts in sepsis, offer important advancements for clinicians caring for patients with sepsis and septic shock, starting with the need to identify at-risk patients sooner.

Keep the conversation going about the new sepsis guidelines by using #SCCMLive. You can also view video of the Congress session during which the guidelines were presented, which featured Laura E. Evans, MD, FCCM, Andrew Rhodes, FRCP, FRCA, FFICM, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP. The video also includes a session debrief with Lauren Epstein, MD, and R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM.

Listen to the Latest iCritical Care Podcasts

If you haven’t checked out our iCritical Care podcasts, listen to the latest releases and subscribe! Loyal listeners and newcomers, be sure to rate us on iTunes. Learn more at

SCCM Pod-332 Dexmedetomidine Use in Critically-Ill Children with Acute Respiratory Failure

SCCM Pod-331 Bleeding Management and Reversal Strategies for the DOAC Patient: New and Future Approaches

SCCM Pod-330 Long-Term Mental Health Problems After Delirium in the ICU

SCCM Pod-329 A Bedside Model for Mortality Risk in Pediatric Patients with ARDS

SCCM Pod-328 Long-Term Quality of Life Among Survivors of Severe Sepsis: Analyses of Two International Trials

Critical Connections Live Broadcast from Congress

Can’t come to this year’s Critical Care Congress? View live sessions, interactive interviews and highlights at Critical Connections Live. Tune in Monday, January 23, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) (see more time zones). Join us at and follow the hashtag #SCCMLive.

To receive a reminder to tune in, please provide your contact information.

Critical Connections Live Program Schedule

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Congress highlights and interviews with key members of the critical care community, SCCM leaders and attendees.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST
Hot Topics and Late-Breaking Science: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Intensive Care Unit: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues
A pro/con debate and panel discussion with Jan Bakker, MD, PhD, FCCP, and E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM, featuring their late-breaking article to be released at Congress in Critical Care Medicine just before the session.

Live Post-Session Discussion Panelist #SCCMLive
Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM
Professor of Medicine
Division Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Brown University School of Medicine
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Congress highlights and interviews featuring key sessions from Sunday’s opening session, including:

  • 2017 Presidential Address by Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN-CS, PhD, FCCM
  • Plenary session: “Fallen”: A Transdisciplinary Tale of Disturbance and Recovery, by Nalini Nadkarni, PhD

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. EST
International Guidelines for the Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016
Laura E. Evans, MD, FCCM, Andrew Rhodes, FRCP, FRCA, FFICM, and Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, review the methodology and what’s new in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines, to be released at Congress in Critical Care Medicine just before the session.

Live Post-Session Discussion Panelists #SCCMLive
Lauren Epstein, MD
Medical Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, MCCM
Chairman/Chief, Department of Medicine
Senior Critical Care Attending Physician
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, New Jersey, USA

Live from Congress Hosts
Richard H. Savel, MD, FCCM
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Neurology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, New York, USA

Christopher L. Carroll, MD, MS, FCCM
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Participate in Industry Education at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care. Each year, industry partners invest significant resources in research and development, placing them at the cutting edge of clinical practice. Take advantage of one of the many industry education opportunities offered.

Promotional Symposia
These non-continuing medical education programs are directly sponsored by industry partners and provide insight into the latest developments, such as super-refractory status epilepticus, resistant gram-negative organisms, perioperative nutrition, and catecholamine-resistant hypotension.

Promotional symposia take place in a relaxed off-site setting, and attendance is complimentary.

In-Booth Education
Visit the Exhibit Hall to gain new ideas and a heightened level of awareness on clinical topics and new technologies through in-booth learning opportunities. In-booth education will take place during normal Exhibit Hall hours:

Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, January 23, 2017 – 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Exhibitor-Sponsored Industry Education Workshops
Attend a session on the show floor at the exhibitor-sponsored industry education workshops, located in the Exhibit Hall. Increase your learning opportunities and gain insight on a late-breaking technology or clinical technique.

For full details, visit the Congress Industry Education Web page.

Carry the Entire Congress Program in the Palm of Your Hand

Get ready for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress by downloading the Congress App.

  • Access the most current listings of the sessions, business meetings, abstracts, research snapshot theaters, and more.
  • Check in to your attended sessions to expedite claiming continuing education credit.
  • Build your own schedule.
  • View faculty disclosures.
  • Connect with colleagues.
  • Access floor plans.

The Congress App is sponsored by Sage Therapeutics and is available within the SCCM App. Download the SCCM App and navigate to the SCCM Events icon.

Log in to get the most out of the Congress App. To log in, use your confirmation code, which is your SCCM Customer ID.

Apps designed specifically for the iPhone, iPad and Android are available now! Search “SCCM” in Google Play or the iTunes store. You can also download the SCCM App at

All of SCCM’s resources are in one central location with the SCCM App! The SCCM App provides access to the 46th Critical Care Congress App, the new Critical Care Quiz, Surviving Sepsis Campaign App, iCritical Care episodes, SCCM Member Directory, Guidelines, News, Career Central, and much more!

Register for Congress online today using your Customer ID and password or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888. The 2017 Congress curriculum will be packed with world-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, stimulating educational sessions, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Donate to SCCM and Your Gift is Doubled

The end of the year is a great time to think about making a charitable donation to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) so that it can continue to provide programs and projects that are all designed to improve care of the critically ill and injured worldwide.

Thanks to a generous donation from La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company, they will match every dollar you donate to SCCM until the end of the year 100%, to a max of $100,000.

Because your gift will double, the Society is asking that you consider being more generous this holiday season in your giving to SCCM. If you normally give $50, consider giving $100 – which will really equal $200 when it’s doubled. If you normally give $100, please consider giving $250 or more. The more you give, the more impact it will have on achieving our shared vision of better patient outcomes.

It’s easy and fast to make a tax-deductible contribution; simply click on the “Donate Now” button that accompanies this article and select a donation level that best meets your needs. You may target your gift to a wide-range of focus areas. Further information about the donation process is also available on the SCCM website.

Please donate to SCCM today so that the Society can reach, or even exceed, its fundraising goal before the end of the year. Every dollar you give will help ensure the Society can continue to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.donate now

Sepsis on the Wards Manuscript Available Open Access

Surviving Sepsis Campaign supporter, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, recently funded open access with its Sepsis on the Wards grant for original research describing a multipronged approach to improve severe sepsis outcomes.

This manuscript by Schorr et al entitled, “Implementation of a multicenter performance improvement program for early detection and treatment of severe sepsis in general medical–surgical wards,” appears in the November 2016 supplement of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

The Sepsis on the Wards project, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, seeks to ensure every patient is screened for sepsis on every shift, every day so that when a patient screens positive, teams can intervene with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign bundle.

Voting Now Underway for SCCM Council and ACCM

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

Login using your SCCM credentials and cast your ballot online at The deadline to vote is November 19, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. CT.

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 via e-mail or 847-827-6888.

The AMA Outlines Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a final rule detailing regulations for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

The American Medical Association (AMA) has outlined the major provisions of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program for physicians that was created by MACRA. Access these AMA resources to learn more about this historic Medicare reform law and its various components and key policy improvements.