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 www.sccm.org/literature.
The releases included the updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign
guidelines (which are also available www.survivingsepsis.org).
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 www.survivingsepsis.org) 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
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
• 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
Visit www.sccm.org/literature to access this material and