Tag Archives: ethics

SCCM Releases Policy Statement Regarding Interventions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine and four other major critical care organizations have recently released a policy statement endorsing a seven-step process to resolve disagreements about potentially inappropriate treatments.

Titled “Defining Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Interventions: A Policy Statement from the Society of Critical Medicine Ethics Committee,” the material was published in the September 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Participate in Survey on Ethics Issues

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is conducting a survey as part of a research project to identify the types and frequency of ethics issues experienced by critical care providers. The survey questions center on those issues encountered in daily practice. SCCM members are invited to participate.

The online survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Responses will be confidential, and no identifying information (such as your name, email address or IP address) will be collected. Participation is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time.

Be certain to disable any pop-up blocker on your browser as you take the survey. Your assistance in completing the survey prior to the July 17 deadline is greatly appreciated.

The results will be used to inform education programming and for scholarly purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Prasad Abraham, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM, of Grady Health System at pabraham@gmh.edu.

New Edition of Critical Care Ethics: A Practice Guide

The intensive care unit can be the site of many ethical controversies. Critical Care Ethics: A Practice Guide, Third Edition, explores thought-provoking ethical questions that critical care professionals must face in real life situations.

Topics include:

  • euthanasia
  • artificial nutrition
  • management of drug shortages
  • palliative care
  • religious views of end-of-life care
  • unique considerations in pediatric and neonatal care

The references and suggested readings that accompany each chapter provide resources for further exploration of complicated issues.

Critical Care Ethics: A Practice Guide, Third Edition is available for purchase in the SCCM Store in print and electronic formats.

Webcast Debates Ethics of Mandatory Vaccinations

sq-CCC_206x86Vaccinations have become a routine part of elective preventative care. However, the controversy surrounding vaccines and their use is only growing. One hot topic is the ethical implications of healthcare policies that implement mandatory vaccinations for intensive care unit (ICU) personnel.

In the inaugural webcast of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) new series, Controversies in Critical Care, Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, and Douglas Naylor Jr., MD, FCCM, will debate the evidence and ethical arguments surrounding these policies. Their opinions about the potential impact of such policies on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be discussed, as well as the impact on the healthcare system and society as a whole.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify those vaccinations that are currently "a mandatory treatment" for healthcare providers working in ICU environments
  • Review the current literature and evidence in support of mandatory vaccinations for healthcare providers
  • Detail the federal or local policies that establish the legal framework for instituting this practice
  • Explore the practical and ethical arguments favoring or opposing mandatory vaccinations for ICU personnel
  • Develop a plan of action for vaccination of ICU personnel using an informed opinion on the implications of mandatory vaccinations

The webcast, Ethical Debate about Mandatory Vaccinations in ICU Personnel, will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time (view additional time zones).

Register online today. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for SCCM members and $40 for nonmembers. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to inquire about the $200 group rate for institutions that will host multiple participants.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is a joint project between the SCCM Research Committee and the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s Ethics Committee. This series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence guides practice decisions.

Webcast to Discuss Ethics Surrounding Mandatory Vaccinations

In recent years, vaccinations have come under strong social and political fire. One hot topic is the ethical implications of healthcare policies that implement mandatory vaccinations for intensive care unit (ICU) personnel.

In the inaugural webcast of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) new Controversies in Critical Care series, Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, and Douglas Naylor Jr., MD, FCCM, will debate the evidence and ethical arguments in support of these policies. Their opinions about the potential impact of these policies on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be discussed as well as the potential impact of such policies on the healthcare system and society as a whole.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify those vaccinations that are currently “a mandatory treatment” for healthcare providers working in ICU environments
  • List the current literature and evidence in support of mandatory vaccinations for healthcare providers
  • Detail the federal or local policies that establish the legal framework for instituting this practice
  • Explore the practical and ethical arguments favoring or opposing mandatory vaccinations for ICU personnel
  • Develop a plan of action for vaccination of ICU personnel using an informed opinion on the implications of mandatory vaccinations

The webcast, Ethical Debate about Mandatory Vaccinations in ICU Personnel, will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time (view additional time zones).

Register online today. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for SCCM members and $40 for nonmembers. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to inquire about the $200 group rate for institutions that will host multiple participants.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is a joint project between the SCCM Research Committee and the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s Ethics Committee. The webcast series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which there is no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence for guiding practice decisions.