Publication for Patients and Families

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new publication, Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patients and Families, covers 13 comprehensive topics and resources in plain language so that patients and families can make better-informed decisions about their care. This booklet is perfect for individual family use, to be offered in waiting rooms, or loaned through the hospital library.

Chapters include:

  • Sepsis: What You Should Know
  • Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
  • Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death)
  • Life Support Equipment
  • What to Expect When Your Child Is in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • And more

Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patients and Families is available for purchase in the SCCM Store using your Customer ID and password. The booklet can be purchased individually at a price of $4 for members ($5 nonmembers), or in packages of 25 at a price of $90 for members ($115 for nonmembers).

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Free CE Opportunity

The opportunity to earn free continuing education (CE) credits will expire on October 31, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) electronic publication, Chronic Heart Failure Monograph, from the 2016 Congress session, Optimizing Treatment and Improving Care Transitions in Chronic Heart Failure, supported by an educational grant from Amgen.

The monograph contains discussions from experts Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, of Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, and Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Topics include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic heart failure and how strategies to decrease hospital readmission rates and overall costs through better diagnosis and disease management impact patient outcomes. Safety, efficacy and clinical application of the current and emerging therapeutics, the new recommendation for the management of chronic heart failure, and appropriate strategies to optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic heart failure are also discussed.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Critical Care Review Resources

If you weren’t able to attend the recent Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC): Adult, you can still experience the complete line of adult critical care review solutions. These resources can be customized to meet your goals, schedule, and learning style. Benefit from high-quality educational programming and flexible, effective self-study options.

ENHANCE your learning experience with the Comprehensive Board Prep Bundle: Adult.

  • Save 20%
  • Includes Self-Directed MCCRC: Adult, the Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult book, and both versions of the self-assessment
  • Available in print and electronic versions

LEARN all you need to know with the updated Self-Directed MCCRC: Adult. View didactic sessions from the 2017 course from your home or office.

REVIEW the full gamut of critical care topics in the new edition of Comprehensive Critical Care: Adult.

ASSESS your knowledge with the new edition of Self-Assessment in Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care.

EVALUATE your critical care knowledge with the Advanced Knowledge Assessment in Adult Critical Care, Question Sets 1 and 2.

Visit for product details and to make a purchase.

Pre- and Post-Congress Sessions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress will be packed with essential clinical information to keep you well-informed on the latest groundbreaking research and developments in critical care.

Attend a pre- and/or post-Congress educational session. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics. This year’s course line-up includes:

  • 2018 Coding and Billing
  • ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course
    Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult
  • Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal
  • Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care
  • Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care
  • ECMO Management Workshop
    Presented by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency
    Presented by the Neurocritical Care Society
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics
  • ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness
  • Liberate and Thrive: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU
  • Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU
  • Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers
  • Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care
    Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Space for each course is limited, so register early to guarantee your top choice. To view course descriptions, visit the Congress Program page.

Register online today. The 2018 Congress will feature innovative learning experiences that encompass the full range of developments in critical care. Join us February 25 to 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. For more information and to view the Preliminary Program, visit

Webcast on APP Leadership Development

Register today for the upcoming webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

In an ever-changing healthcare environment, an increasing amount of nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), collectively referred to as APPs, are assuming leadership roles both on clinical teams and in organizations. However, few have been formally prepared through leadership training for the new and expanded responsibilities that come with these positions.

As a result, many APPs are challenged by tasks such as building teams, developing talent, managing change, transforming care, communicating effectively, building a business case, and managing relationships and partnerships. During this webcast, Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, AP, of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, and Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, of Saint Vincent Hospital, will introduce some foundational leadership principles and discuss leadership styles, strategies, and competencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe differences in leadership styles and define qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader
  • Discuss the language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understand the basic principles of change and change management

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM. The registration fee for this webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). Register online today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Optimal Position for Intubation

Hypoxemia is the most common complication during endotracheal intubation of critically ill adults. Intubation in the ramped position has been hypothesized to prevent hypoxemia by increasing functional residual capacity and decreasing the duration of intubation, but has never been studied outside of the operating room. Therefore, Semler et al conducted a multicenter, randomized trial comparing the ramped position with the sniffing position among 260 adults undergoing endotracheal intubation by pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows in four intensive care units between July 22, 2015, and July 19, 2016.

They found that the ramped position did not improve oxygenation during endotracheal intubation of critically ill adults compared with the sniffing position.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging into the SCCM eCommunity. Concise Critical Appraisal is a regular feature aimed at highlighting the best and most relevant literature from a variety of academic journals and encouraging discussion around recent studies and research.

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

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 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

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).

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continues to monitor all developments related to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. 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 This site will be updated regularly as the situation develops as pertains to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

If you have information to share or need assistance, please know you may contact the Society at

If you are in the affected areas, please know that your ongoing efforts to ensure care for patients and families during these disasters 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.

Register for Ultrasound Courses

Join the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for the two-day critical care ultrasound courses. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Focused ultrasound examinations in the critical care setting have become an extension of the clinical assessment because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Assist in immediate patient management by learning or enhancing point-of-care skills during these comprehensive courses.

During each course, participants benefit from guided, focused skill stations and interactive presentations to reinforce key learning points. Additional course benefits include:

  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice​​
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses
  • A review from field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • High-quality education from prominent faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more
  • A significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio

Both courses will follow SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress. Register online today with your customer ID and password. If you plan to attend an ultrasound course in conjunction with Congress, register at If you wish to attend an ultrasound course and not attend Congress, register at the Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal event registration page.

Webcast on APP Onboarding

Register today for the upcoming webcast, Processes that Maximize Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Onboarding and Competency, from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Bringing new APPs, including nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), onboard is a daunting task. Inconsistencies in training processes influence the development of acquired knowledge, skill sets, and professional interaction. Programs that enhance employee satisfaction can minimize attrition and can result in improved patient satisfaction, patient safety, and quality outcomes.

During this session, Vishal Bakshi, PA-C, Chief APP Intensivist of Emory Healthcare, and Deborah E. Stein, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Clinical Program Director, NP Fellowship, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will focus on advanced practice provider (APP) onboarding strategies and maximizing competencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the importance of a strong onboarding process
  • Articulate the importance of mentorship and collegial relationships
  • Introduce tracking methods that can be incorporated into performance metrics

This 60-minute webcast will be moderated by Roy H. Constantine, PhD, RPA-C, FCCM. The registration fee for this webcast is $30 for members ($40 for nonmembers). Register online today using your Customer ID and password.

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