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Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the 2015 ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit already in operation that combines functional design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are reviewed in a blinded fashion and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with a plaque. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2015.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015.

New: ICU Heroes Award

The new ICU Heroes Award, presented by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), recognizes that patients and their respective family members are an integral part of intensive care unit (ICU) care. The award is consequently offered to an ICU patient, family and the multiprofessional ICU team that delivered the care.

Applicants are asked to share the patient’s story with a focus on attention to patient- and family-centered aspects of care. The following will be considered during the application evaluation process:

  • Clinical details
  • Principal diagnosis
  • ICU course
  • Hospital course
  • Outpatient course
  • Final outcome
  • How the individual’s course demonstrates multiprofessional care

The winning patient and ICU team leader will receive a medal, and the winning ICU team and the patient’s family will receive a commemorative plaque. Complementary travel and registration to SCCM’s Critical Care Congress also will be provided to select award recipients.

The deadline to submit an application is August 1, 2014. Application submissions and questions related to this award may be directed to SCCM staff member Kathleen Ward at kward@sccm.org.

Apply For ICU Design Citation Award

The ICU Design Citation award was conceived to identify and recognize a critical care unit already in operation whose design demonstrates attention to both functional and humanitarian issues. This prestigious award is co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health.

The deadline to submit an application is August 15, 2016.

The citation is awarded to the entry that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The focus is on planning and design characteristics rather than process or administrative features. Units are reviewed in a blinded fashion according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

ICU Design Guidelines

Most healthcare providers have little experience designing and constructing an intensive care unit (ICU). The ICU Design Guidelines can make the process easier and the finished project more efficient, effective, safe, and patient centered.

Award Winning ICU Designs

SCCM offers an interactive, web-based program that contains the top ICU design projects since 1992, with each project reviewed in short video segments. The companion PDF document contains features and floor plans of each winning unit.

Learn more about ICU design.

Start Preparing for Critical Care Awareness Month

As May approaches, it is time for intensive care unit (ICU) teams to consider how they will celebrate National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM). ICUs mark this special month in various ways, from sharing blue treats with staff or providing educational symposia, staff recognition ceremonies or ICU tours. Other units invite former patients and their families to meet staff and share their progress.

Regardless of how you celebrate NCCARM this year, be sure you wear blue on Friday, May 15, 2015, and share your stories and photos with the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Your stories will inspire other ICUs as we all celebrate the extraordinary contributions of our critical care colleagues in May.

Webcast to Explore Consent for Research in the ICU

Forward progress in medicine is not a simple or quick feat. Researchers are at the forefront of advancing knowledge; however, they must find subjects willing to partner in research efforts to achieve their ultimate goals of treating diseases, improving quality of care and enhancing patient experiences.

In the webcast, Consent for Research in the ICU, from the Controversies in Critical Care series, Dan Thompson, MD, MA, FCCM, and Alex Kon, MD, FCCM, will discuss the challenges associated with obtaining pediatric and adult consent for complex research in critically ill patients. During the discussion, federal regulations, the SUPPORT study, and the potential impact of consent decisions on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the fundamentals of consent for research
  • Explain the issues of consent for research when the patients cannot consent for themselves
  • Describe the difference between pediatric and adult consent for research
  • Explore the problems in consent for complex research in critically ill patients

This webcast will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

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 of the SCCM Scientific Review 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 there is no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence for guiding practice decisions.

New Project Dispatch Presentations Available For Viewing

The Project Dispatch — Disseminating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Healthcare Professionals — session held during the 43rd Critical Care Congress proved very successful and engaging, giving Society of Critical Care (SCCM) members an opportunity to highlight their successful patient- and family-centered projects. Presentations from the session have been released and are available here.

The release of these sessions comes on the heels of several other new resources supported by Project Dispatch, including:

Project Dispatch is supported by grant number R18HS021940 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Webcast to Discuss Obtaining Consent for Research in the ICU

The face of modern medicine has greatly changed over the past few decades. In order to continue to make advances in treating diseases, improving quality of care, and enhancing patient experiences, clinical investigators must find subjects willing to partner in research efforts.

In the webcast, Consent for Research in the ICU, from the Controversies in Critical Care series, Dan Thompson, MD, MA, FCCM, and Alex Kon, MD, FCCM, will discuss the challenges associated with obtaining pediatric and adult consent for complex research in critically ill patients. During the discussion, federal regulations, the SUPPORT study, and the potential impact of consent decisions on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

• Discuss the fundamentals of consent for research

• Explain the issues of consent for research when the patients cannot consent for themselves

• Describe the difference between pediatric and adult consent for research

• Explore the problems in consent for complex research in critically ill patients

This webcast will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

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 of the SCCM Scientific Review 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 there is no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence for guiding practice decisions.

The New Yorker Puts Spotlight on Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

The New Yorker profiled intensive care unit (ICU) patient Charlie Atkinson and his struggle with the long-term outcomes of his care. “After a month in the I.C.U., Atkinson was well enough to leave the hospital. He had ‘made it.’ But he remained dependent on a ventilator and confused—able to recognize his own name and little else. He didn’t know it, but he had crossed an invisible threshold into a territory of protracted sickness and uncertain hope for improvement,” according to the article “The Limbo Between A Life Worth Living and Death.” The article details the challenges patients face after critical illness and signifies a rising awareness about post-intensive care syndrome.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine offers numerous resources to help educate patients about post-intensive care syndrome at www.MyICUCare.org, including several interviews with former ICU patients.

In addition, the Society’s ICU Liberation initiative offers clinicians tools to improve long-term outcomes. A recently added presentation from Alison Clay, MD, recounts her own ICU survivor story.

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.

Participate in an International Study on Mechanical Ventilation

The International Observational Study Investigators are looking at mechanical ventilation (MV) discontinuation practices internationally in intensive care units (ICU). The goal of the study is to characterize practice variation in weaning critically ill adults from invasive MV, as well as the influence of selected discontinuation strategies on important outcomes. Each ICU will be asked to collect data on at least 10 consecutive discontinuation events – one event (e.g., tracheostomy, direct extubation, initial successful spontaneous breathing trial) per patient receiving invasive ventilation for at least 24 hours and all patients who die before any attempt at MV discontinuation. Those interested in participating should email ioswean@smh.ca.

Has Your Team Improved Family-Centered Care in the ICU?

Are you part of an intensive care unit team that not only commits itself to securing the highest quality care for its patients but also shows compassion toward each patient’s family in innovative ways? If so, consider applying for the Family-Centered Care Innovation Award. This honor is awarded to a unit or program that demonstrates novel, effective methods of providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families. The selected team will receive a commemorative plaque and one free registration to the43rd Critical Care Congress. The deadline to submit an application is August 1, 2013. For more information, email Patient and Family Support Committee Staff Partner Amanda Cozza at acozza@sccm.org.

Apply for ANZICS New Fellowship Program

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) has instituted a fellowship program, Intensive Care Global Rising Star Programme, in support of innovative and productive research. ANZICS will be awarding three travel fellowships for attending their 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held October 25 to 27, 2013, in Hobart, Tasmania,  Australia. One fellowship will be awarded to a clinician/scientist from each of the following regions: America (USA, Canada and South America), Europe (including United Kingdom and Ireland) and Asia.

Award recipients will have the opportunity to present an overview of their past and ongoing research activities during a dedicated symposium. Travel expenses (to the value of $3,000), accommodation and registration costs for the recipients will be covered.

Applicants should have the following:

  • Medical degree and completed (or be in-training for) fellowship in intensive care medicine.
  • Age 45 years or younger, as of October 25, 2013.

Those interested in applying for this opportunity should fill out the online abstract submission form no later than May 31, 2013. Applicants will be notified by June 3, 2013.

Wear Blue Tomorrow to Support Critical Care

Be sure to wear blue on Friday, May 17, to show your support forNational Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM). There is still time to mark this year’s NCCARM, and the Society offers several simple ideas for recognition of the critical care team. Some teams choose to offer tours of the intensive care unit to other hospital staff, while others organize educational symposia or invite former patients and their families back to the unit. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you post your NCCARM photos and stories to the SCCM Facebook page.

$50,000 in Funding Available for Research Projects

Through generous funding from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), a Vision Grant of $50,000 is offered to support member researchers. Submit your application by August 31, 2013, to be considered for grant support in 2014.

Eligible research should focus on one or more of the following areas of investigation:
Education: Evaluation, enhancement, and expansion of education to caregivers and families in providing patient-centered critical care.
Integrated Team of Dedicated Experts: Promotion of patient-centered critical care delivered by an integrated team of dedicated experts, including quality and health service delivery.

Outcome Measurements and Reporting: Development and measurement of quality of care provided in the ICU, thereby reducing errors and increasing patient safety.

Continuous Improvement: Focus on patient-centered care in the ICU, which includes ongoing efforts in quality improvement.

For more information or to download the application, visit www.sccm.org/VisionGrant. Learn more about last year’s winner.