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Deborah J. Cook Receives Prestigious Grenvik Family Award for Ethics

Cook_DeborahDeborah J. Cook, MD, received this year’s Grenvik Family Award for Ethics in recognition of her many contributions to safe and humanistic patient care.

Throughout her research, Cook — a professor of medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada — has emphasized ethical issues. She led the Level of Care Study that examined how healthcare providers make decisions about directions of care for critically ill patients. This work led to numerous publications, including an important paper in The New England Journal of Medicine centered on the clinical determinants that were associated with the withdrawal of mechanical ventilation.

Cook always maintains the highest level of ethical integrity in her interactions with patients, students and colleagues. Additionally, she has been heavily involved in the ethics-related activities of national and international organizations such as the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and the American Thoracic Society.

It is time again to nominate a colleague for SCCM’s Grenvik Family Award for Ethics. If you know an SCCM member who has made significant contributions toward addressing ethical problems in critical care, nominate them today.

Additional SCCM Awards

The Society offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field of critical care. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive a complimentary registration to the 44th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2014.

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. 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 unit  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.