The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently signed onto a letter regarding the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative.
The letter urges the U.S. Congress to appropriate $30 million included in the Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Budget Request for the Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative. The initiative is part of a CDC strategy to achieve measurable results in combating the public health crisis of rapidly rising antibiotic resistance. The time to act is now, the letter states, while there is still an opportunity to prevent a post-antibiotic era in which we are unable to successfully treat infections or carry out many other healthcare activities (e.g., transplants and other surgeries, chemotherapy, care of preterm infants) currently made safe and possible by effective antibiotics.
Other letters that SCCM signed onto in 2014 are:
AMA Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
AMA SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/S. 2000)
AMA SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014
IDSA ADAPT Act Letter
ACP CSS Meaningful Use Letter
You can also view the 2013 letters receiving Society support.
The Society is asked to sign onto letters addressing upcoming rules, payment policies, regulation, performance measurement, clinical topics, and other matters in cooperation with a variety of organizations. SCCM also issues letters of comment independently as the Council and Executive Committee deem important to patients and membership.
The Choosing Wisely® campaign has released new videos featuring leaders from across the healthcare spectrum talking about the challenges, opportunities and impact of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.
• Choosing Wisely: Professionalism in Action
• Choosing Wisely in Medical Education
• Choosing Wisely: Inspiring Conversations to Reduce Overuse in Health Care
• Strengthening Health Care Through Professionalism
The Critical Care Societies Collaborative released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” during the 43rd Critical Care Congress. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support physicians and patients in making wise choices about their care:
• Don’t order diagnostic tests at regular intervals (such as every day), but rather in response to specific clinical questions.
• Don’t transfuse red blood cells in hemodynamically stable, non-bleeding intensive care unit (ICU) patients with a hemoglobin concentration greater than 7 g/dL.
• Don’t use parenteral nutrition in adequately nourished critically ill patients within the first seven days of an ICU stay.
• Don’t deeply sedate mechanically ventilated patients without a specific indication and without daily attempts to lighten sedation.
• Don’t continue life support for patients at high risk for death or severely impaired functional recovery without offering patients and their families the alternative of care focused entirely on comfort.