Help ensure that critical care patients are receiving consistent, evidence-based care by staying up-to-date on the latest Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) guidelines.
Members and nonmembers alike can access the SCCM guidelines for free by visiting www.sccm.org/guidelines and Critical Care Medicine online or by downloading the Guidelines App.
SCCM’s guidelines cover a variety of topics including family-centered care, sustained neuromuscular blockade, reversal of antithrombotics in intracranial hemorrhage, and the management of sepsis and septic shock. View the complete list online.
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 www.survivingsepsis.org.
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
– 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.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient.
Titled “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sustained Neuromuscular Blockade in the Adult Critically Ill Patient,” the material was published in the November 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing ICU admission, discharge, and triage.
Titled “ICU Admission, Discharge, and Triage Guidelines: A Framework to Enhance Clinical Operations, Development of Institutional Policies, and Further Research,” the material was published in the August 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine recently released guidelines addressing critical care ultrasonography.
Titled “Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Bedside General and Cardiac Ultrasonography in the Evaluation of Critically Ill Patients—Part I: General Ultrasonography,” the material was published in the November 2015 issue of Critical Care Medicine.
After reviewing the document, you’re encouraged to listen to an in-depth iCritical Care podcast that discusses the nuances of the guidelines.
SCCM Pod-296 Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Bedside General and Cardiac Ultrasonography
The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) seeks to finalize systematic evidence evaluations for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC), relevant to the critical care community. ILCOR is using an online public commenting process (www.ilcor.org) and seeks important input from general members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The American Heart Association, in collaboration with ILCOR, is seeking public comment about scientific evidence evaluation questions that will be used to develop the 2015 guidelines, anticipated to be published on October 15, 2015.
Over 80 clinical and education questions and draft recommendations on a variety of resuscitation topics are now posted for review on ILCOR’s Scientific Evidence Evaluation and Review System at ILCOR.org/SEERS. More will be posted in the coming days. Public comments will be accepted through February 28. Each question posted focuses on a specific resuscitation topic and includes scientific evidence from relevant, peer-reviewed journals.
A number of topics are of high interest to the critical care community, including:
• Induced Hypothermia and Targeted Temperature Management
• Oxygen Dose after Return of Circulation
• Percutaneous Coronary Intervention after Return of Circulation
• Prognostication after Cardiac Arrest when Therapeutic Hypothermia Has Been Implemented
ILCOR’s Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) is scheduled for online publication in the journal Circulation on October 15, 2015. Based in part on CoSTR, the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC will be published on the same date.
As key stakeholders in critical care and resuscitation, ILCOR encourages you and your peers to visit ILCOR.org/SEERS and to participate in the CoSTR public comment process.
The ICU Liberation initiative is focused on providing tools and resources to assess, treat and prevent pain, agitation and delirium (PAD). The following presentations — delivered at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 43rd Critical Care Congress — feature leaders from the initiative discussing the nuances of PAD guideline implementation and strategies for improving patient outcomes. In addition, one of the presentations features a patient sharing his intensive care unit survivor experience.
Remember to regularly check the ICU Liberation YouTube playlist for the latest available presentations.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s American College of Critical Care Medicine offers numerous guidelines to help ensure consistent, evidence-based care of critical care patients using the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge available.
The most recent guidelines released relate to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and the ICU Liberation initiative. Both initiatives are dedicated to improving care worldwide, with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign aimed at reducing sepsis mortality and ICU Liberation focused on providing tools and resources to assess, treat and prevent pain, agitation and delirium (PAD). These guidelines have been translated into various languages to ensure worldwide distribution.
ICU Liberation (PAD Guidelines)
Japanese Guidelines Translation
Surviving Sepsis Campaign (2012 Guidelines)
Chinese Guidelines Translation
French Guidelines Translation
German Guidelines Translation
Japanese Guidelines Translation
Persian Guidelines Translation
Portuguese Guidelines Translation
Spanish Guidelines Translation
The American Heart Association (AHA) is preparing to revise its 2010 guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. The AHA’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee has identified members of the critical care community as key stakeholders in this process. Please participate in this brief survey to provide feedback that may be used to craft the 2015 guidelines.
To address the parenteral nutrition safety gaps and improve patient protections, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) has published a comprehensive set of recommendations in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition for improving the safety of parenteral nutrition. This article is open access.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has recently collaborated with A.S.P.E.N. on a nutrition guideline titled Recommendations for Changes in Commercially Available Parenteral Multivitamin and Multi – Trace Element Products.
The Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology is based on a sequential assessment of the quality of evidence, followed by the benefits, risks, burden, and cost, leading to development and grading of a management recommendation.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, GRADE Methodology, will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Mark E. Nunnally, MD, FCCM, will provide information on the GRADE system engaged for the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines. Topics to be covered include:
- Translating evidence into graded recommendations
- Identify features that reduce or increase the quality of evidence
- Appraising clinical data to determine the quality of evidence
- Integrating the quality of evidence for an intervention with its costs, and the balance between desirable and undesirable effects and values to determine the strength of a recommendation
This event, part of SCCM’s webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.
Register online today. Registration is complimentary for all participants. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.
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Get the information you need, whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Guidelines app provides summaries of select American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) guidelines for quick reference as well as an opportunity to download PDFs of full guidelines to your device. Developed by the ACCM and approved by the Board of Regents and SCCM Council, these guidelines provide the essential recommendations, protocols and parameters for intensive care unit activities. Read more…