Literature and Related Research Released during the 2017 Congress

A myriad of literature and related research were released during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 46th Critical Care Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

All the materials can be accessed at The releases included the updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines (which are also available

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.

“The big bottom line remains on early recognition of infection and organ dysfunction,” said Laura E. Evans, MD, FCCM, co-chair of the committee. “We continue to make a strong recommendation that hospitals and healthcare systems implement programs that help identify at-risk patients early. There’s implicit recognition that just being a good clinician is probably not enough; you need a system in place to help recognize patients early.”

Other materials released in conjunction with the guidelines (also available at include a users’ guide to the new guidelines, a viewpoint and synopsis published in JAMA, a video comparing recommendations in the new guidelines to recommendations in the 2012 guidelines, and a statement about the guidelines from the editors of Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine.

“This is the continuation of a huge process that began in 2004,” said Andrew Rhodes, FRCP, FRCA, FFICM, cochair of the committee. “As more and more data on sepsis accumulates, we are able to refine the recommendations and offer more evidence to support them. These guidelines will enable clinicians to provide the best treatment possible for these very sick patients and ultimately help save many lives.”

In addition to the updated guidelines, literature and related research released during the Society’s 2017 Congress centered on a variety of pertinent topics, including:
• Post-intensive care syndrome and recovery after leaving the intensive care unit
• Targeted temperature management
• Physician‐assisted suicide and euthanasia in the intensive care unit
• The ICU Liberation’s ABCDEF Bundle
• Guidelines centered on intensive care unit admission and discharge, ultrasonography, neuromuscular blockade, and family-centered care
• The intensivist shortage
• Building global collaboration in acute care research
• The customization of drug dosing for the critically ill patient

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