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.

Multidisciplinary Knowledge Assessment Program

Early registration rates end November 22, 2017, for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 2018 Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program (MCCKAP). The examination will be administered from March 6 to 13, 2018.

The MCCKAP examination is offered online and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions pertaining to critical care knowledge and patient management. Examination content is developed by critical care professionals experienced in examination preparation and analysis.

Held annually, the MCCKAP examination helps program directors and fellows:

  • Assess critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training
  • Prepare fellows for the subspecialty board examinations in critical care
  • Identify specific areas of strength and weakness with lists of references and key terms for missed questions
  • Assess results for each fellow and the overall program, as well as the institution’s percentile ranking (program director version only)

Available in both adult and pediatric formats, the MCCKAP online examination can be used by program directors to assess their critical care fellowship programs, or it can be used by fellows to independently assess their critical care knowledge gained during fellowship training.

Immediate preliminary scores and analysis are available upon completion of the examination. Final results will be available approximately five weeks after the examination closes.

Register online using your customer ID and password, or contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827‑6888. To receive the lowest rates, register by November 22, 2017.

New and Exciting Activities at Congress

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 47th Critical Care Congress is drawing near. We have an exciting Congress planned, to include these new and exciting activities!

Critical Crosstalk Theater: Participate in stimulating debates hosted by members of SCCM’s specialty sections.

Tech Lab: Learn, collaborate, and network with fellow attendees about the latest and best technologies available in your personal and professional life. Technology demonstrations, experiential learning, social media analysis, and talks about a variety of technology topics will be featured.

Exhibit Hall Roundtable Discussions: Network with peers and contribute to conversations on critical care, professional topics, and career topics.

Register early to receive the lowest rates. 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 Advance Program, visit

Antibiotic Timing and Mortality in Sepsis

The current standard of care for sepsis is the early administration of antibiotics. However, efforts to shorten time to antibiotic administration may also cause harm because more patients may receive unnecessary antibiotics. Liu et al  evaluated the association between antibiotic timing and mortality among patients with sepsis receiving antibiotics within 6 hours of emergency department registration.

They found that hourly delays in antibiotic administration for patients with sepsis were associated with increased odds of hospital mortality, even among patients who received antibiotics within 6 hours.

Read the full Concise Critical Appraisal by logging in to 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.

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.

Age of Red Cells for Transfusion and Outcomes

Blood banks usually function by issuing the oldest available, patient-compatible products first. The goal is to preserve viability and functionality of cells and minimize waste of blood products.  Previous studies have shown conflicting evidence as to whether transfusion of older blood products is related to increased mortality. Therefore, Cooper et al set out to determine whether transfusion of older red blood cells (RBC) increased mortality for critically ill patients.

Their study findings support the current practice of using the oldest available RBCs for transfusion of critically ill adults, since there does not seem to be a benefit of using the freshest available RBCs.

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.

APP Leadership On Demand

The On Demand version of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) recent webcast, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers, is now available for purchase in the SCCM Store.

During this session, Ryan M. O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, Surgical Critical Care of Saint Vincent Hospital, and Tara A. Collins, ACNP, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner and Director, Advanced Practice, of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, cover the following topics:

  • Qualities, traits, and competencies of an effective leader, including differences in leadership styles
  • Language and skills required to effectively communicate with administrators and hospital executives
  • Understanding the basic principles of change and change management

Moderated by Corinna Sicoutris, ACNP, MSN, FCCM, Developing Leadership in Advanced Practice Providers On Demand can be purchased at the price of $35 for members ($45 nonmembers), using your Customer ID and password. For any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

Focal Seizures CE Series

Making the Connection: Improving ICU Healthcare Teams’ Response and Management of Focal Seizures is a two-part complimentary interactive educational program designed to improve the diagnosis and management of focal seizures in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Part 2 of the series, Multidisciplinary Care of the Critical Care Patient with Seizures, is now available. Join expert faculty as they continue the discussion on current and emerging therapies and strategies to overcome specific epilepsy-related challenges in the critical care patient.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from UCB, Inc., and is jointly provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 0.5 hours of continuing medical education/continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through September 2018.

Part 1 of the series, Early Diagnosis and Individualized Management of Focal Seizures in the Intensive Care Unit, is available in the SCCM store.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service with any questions.

Secure Your Seat for Ultrasound Courses

Secure your seat for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) comprehensive critical care ultrasound courses which feature a significant hands-on experience, ensured by a five-to-one attendee-to-faculty ratio. Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult and Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Limited seats are available for these popular courses.

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

  • High-quality education from nationally recognized faculty, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others
  • Immediate integration of learned skills into your clinical practice​​
  • Increased diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency
  • A review by field experts on the latest strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges, as well as new innovations and procedures
  • Continuing medical education credit hours available to physicians and nurses

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.

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.

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