47th Critical Care Congress
February 25-28, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA

The 2018 Congress curriculum will be packed with world-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, stimulating educational sessions, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.​​ View the Advance Program.


 Pre- and Post-Congress Educational Sessions


Participate in pre- and post-Congress educational sessions. Each course is packed with essential clinical information to keep you well informed on various critical care topics.

Registration Details
Registration for pre- and postcourses can be done in conjunction with your Congress registration. Visit the Congress registration page.

If you are already registered for Congress and would like to add a ticketed session, please modify your existing Congress registration. To modify your registration, log in to your account in the SCCM store. Once logged in, select "All Events." Select the "Details" button from the Congress line item. Once on the Congress event page, select "Edit Registration." Select the items you would like to attend and then "Add to Cart." Follow the prompts to complete your transaction.

If you wish to attend a pre- and/or postcourse and not attend Congress, please visit the SCCM store and search by the course title to register.

Course prices vary; view the Congress registration form for details.

Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24, 2018

​ ​Full-Day Courses
ACCP/SCCM Critical Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course

Held in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy

This two-day course is ideal for pharmacy professionals who are preparing for the Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Certification Examination administered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in the spring and fall of 2018. Developed and presented by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, the course will provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge domains covered in the critical care specialty. This course will provide 16 hours of live credit and four hours of additional online credit.
​Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care

Enhance and update your critical care knowledge by attending this two-day multidisciplinary course, which will highlight a variety of topics applicable to the intensive care unit setting. The interactive format will include presentations on select topics, including Mechanical Circulatory Support, Palliative Care, Difficult Ethical Cases, Reversing Oral Anticoagulants, and Antipsychotics in the ICU. Panel discussions provide the opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the experts. Attendees receive an accompanying eBook written by the faculty.

​Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care Attain expert knowledge and bring home new information and approaches for your pediatric critical care practice. This two-day interactive course with panel discussions and pro/con talks will focus on clinical challenges pertinent to the critical care practitioner and will provide insight into new and controversial topics. This year, topics will include updates and cutting-edge approaches in the following four areas: Current Challenges in the Pediatric ICU, Current Landscape of Respiratory Failure in the Pediatric ICU, Practical Issues for Contemporary Pediatric ICU Providers, and Controversies in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Management. Attendees receive an accompanying eBook written by the faculty.
​ECMO Management Workshop

The workshop includes the basic management principles common to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs. This intense two-day workshop will cover topics including basic physiology of ECMO, equipment and patient selection, and economic and ethical considerations.

Registration is being handled by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). To register and for more workshop information, visit the course page.

This program is held in conjunction with SCCM's Critical Care Congress. The Society has reviewed the program to ensure its appropriateness for the critical care provider. However, the program is developed and managed by ELSO, an independent not-for profit organization, who is solely responsible for its content and management.

Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics is a newly developed Fundamentals licensed course. This two-day course is designed for intensivists and nonintensivists who may provide maternal/fetal critical care and for clinicians in obstetrics seeking additional education on critical care. Course content covers physiologic changes during pregnancy, specific obstetric medical conditions and appropriate treatment, maternal cardiovascular resuscitation, and airway management of critically ill pregnant women, as well as appropriate steps in fetal assessment, delivery, and neonatal management. Skill stations will complement the lectures and allow course participants to practice in clinical scenarios. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. View the course agenda.
Veterinary Critical Care: Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Patient Care

Held in partnership with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

This course is designed for veterinary emergency and critical care practitioners, residents, and interns. It will focus on improving attendees’ familiarity with anesthetic drugs and drug administration in the critically ill veterinary patient. It will also help improve attendees’ understanding of the appropriate indications for, and side effects of, drugs that modify the gastrointestinal system. The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Year in Review will familiarize course participants with the most important papers in veterinary critical care published in 2017.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Half-Day Course​ ​
2018 Coding and Billing

Keep up with the continuing changes in coding and billing with this half-day educational course. Topics include evaluation and management coding and documentation, critical care coding, procedures and modifiers, how documentation plays a key role in supporting medical necessity for critical care services, and coding case studies. Time is also allocated for questions and answers. Attendees receive the accompanying book.

​Airway Management for the Critically Ill Patient This half-day course will include didactic discussion and hands-on learning for emergent intubation, airway management pharmacology, rescue techniques for maintaining ventilation, and traditional and novel techniques and tools for difficult airway management. Attendees will also learn from expert faculty at skill stations encompassing laryngoscopy, fiberoptic intubation, surgical approaches to airway establishment, and rescue strategies in airway management.
​Value on Investment: Advanced Practice Providers ​This half-day course will provide an understanding of advanced practice leaders and how they fit into the infrastructure of all care settings, especially in critical care organizations. Attendees will gain insights on developing a strategy around workforce planning that includes talent identification, stakeholder partnerships, employee engagement, and retention strategies. Outcomes with a focus on performance, quality measures, and meaningful clinical outcomes will be discussed. There will be a review of creative clinical models designed to meet evolving patient, care team, and organizational needs.
​Full-Day Courses ​
ICU Simulation for Trainees: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teamwork, Leadership, and Situational Awareness

This high-fidelity simulation course is designed for ICU providers in training (senior residents, fellows, and all new-to-practice ICU providers, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists.) Registrants will participate in high-fidelity simulated ICU emergencies to improve teamwork, leadership, and situational awareness in acute ICU care. Participants will practice managing high-risk but infrequent ICU-type conditions in a realistic environment and then debrief the learning experience in collaborative and interactive sessions. This full-day course is not intended for practicing intensivists or for medical or nursing students. This course will take place at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Round-trip transportation will be provided.

Liberate and THRIVE: Strategies to Improve Outcomes in the ICU and Post-ICU This full-day course is designed to guide participants through the practical steps of the ABCDEF bundle as part of routine critical care. The ultimate goal is to prevent post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and return patients to independent lives after the ICU. This course will discuss strategies to prepare survivors and caregivers for post-ICU recovery, along with opportunities to participate in post-ICU clinics and peer-to-peer support groups.
Neurologic Monitoring and Its Implementation in the Adult and Pediatric ICU This full-day course will examine the usefulness and implementation of a variety of advanced neurologic monitoring modalities in the intensive care unit. The indications, choice of appropriate patients, advantages, and pitfalls will be discussed. Topics will include continuous electroencephalography (EEG), including post-processing modalities such as quantitative and amplitude-integrated EEG, magnetoencephalography, brain tissue oxygenation, transcranial Doppler, microdialysis, and neurosonology, including ophthalmic ultrasound, intracranial pressure monitoring, biomarkers, and neuroimaging. A pediatric and adult case-based format will be used, including medical and surgical clinical scenarios in cardiac arrest, stroke, traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and status epilepticus.

Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1, 2018

Full-Day Courses​ ​
Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult

Gain the realistic training needed to perform and interpret ultrasound imaging during this two-day comprehensive course. Participants benefit from skill stations that allow the immediate integration of learned skills, using live models. Handson learning with a low faculty-to-attendee ratio includes topics such as: Cardiac Output, Left/Right Ventricular Function, Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography Examination, Vascular Ultrasound, and Ask the Expert. This course will take place at  the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

This course is sold out, and registration has been closed. Please contact SCCM Customer Service​ at +1 847 827-6888 to be placed on a waitlist.​

​Critical Care Ultrasound: Pediatric and Neonatal Learn how to perform and interpret pediatric ultrasound imaging during this comprehensive two-day course. Expert faculty will review the latest pediatric and neonatal strategies in ultrasound image interpretation and diagnostic challenges. Extensive faculty coverage ensures a significant hands-on experience for each participant. Topics covered at the skill stations include Vascular and Guided Procedures, Volume Status, Ventricular Function, and Ask the Expert. This course will take place at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Thursday, March 1, 2018​

​ ​Full-Day Course
​Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS): What to Do in the First Critical Hour of a Neurological Emergency

This course is designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency. ENLS Version 3.0, scheduled for release in October 2017, includes all of the latest medical updates, keeping you in the know on best practices for managing neurological emergencies. Participants of this session will be given a consistent set of protocols, practical checklists, decision points, and suggested communication to use during patient management of 14 neurological emergencies.

Registration is being handled by Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). To register and for more workshop information, visit the course page.

This program is held in conjunction with SCCM's Critical Care Congress. The Society has reviewed the program to ensure its appropriateness for the critical care provider. However, the program is developed and managed by NCS, an independent nonprofit organization, who is solely responsible for its content and management.



 Popular Events and Sessions


ACCM Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony
Members and guests are invited to attend the ACCM Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony. New Fellows will be inducted into the ACCM and award and grant recipients will be honored. Come support your colleagues during this prestigious occasion.

Fellowship Program Directors Luncheon
Critical care fellowship program directors are invited to participate in the Fellowship Program Directors Luncheon to be held Monday, February 26, 2018, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This year’s luncheon will feature speakers who will address topics under the heading “Training Our Trainees Skills for Their Professional Success.” Content will be multiprofessional in scope and will cover the viewpoint of a recent graduate transitioning into the real world, the concerns of a new intensivist, leadership and professional skills, managing burnout, and group discussion. View the agendaThis session requires advance registration and an additional fee to attend. To register, visit the Congress registration page.

Advanced Practice Provider Networking Luncheon
Critical care nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are invited to participate in a networking luncheon to be held Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. NPs,  PAs, and CNSs will have the opportunity to participate in informal networking and roundtable discussions on topics related specifically to advanced practice providers (APPs) and their professional success. Content will be multiprofessional in scope and will cover topics viewed as the most challenging to NPs, PAs, and CNSs in the critical care setting. Topics include outcome assessment, successful APP leadership models, Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation/ Focused Professional Practice Evaluation, APP credentialing orientation, mentoring, onboarding, and competency assessment. This luncheon is sold out, and registration has been closed.
Plenary Sessions
Attend thought-provoking presentations that promote innovative developments in critical care. Plenary sessions are held at unopposed times with presentations given by distinguished, world-renowned leaders in the critical care field. Speakers include:

Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FNCS, MCCM
Lifetime Achievement Award
How Critical Illness Affects the Brain … and Vice Versa
Professor of Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, and Anesthesiology
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN
William Shoemaker Honorary Lecture
Rethinking Mentorship
Chair, Board of Directors of Aurora Health Care
Chair, Board of Trustees of Chamberlain College of Nursing
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD
Ake Grenvik Honorary Lecture
Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care
Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policies
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS
Peter Safar Memorial Lecture
Military Lessons Learned for the Modern ICU
Professor of Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Chief Medical Officer
Prytime Medical
Houston, Texas, USA

Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD
Max Harry Weil Memorial Lecture
Sepsis: A Threat That Needs a Global Solution
Professor of Intensive Care
Head, Intensive Care Section of Anesthesiology, Pain and Intensive Care Department
Federal University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

Kevin Tracey, MD
Bioelectronic Medicine: A Jump-Start in Critical Illness
President and CEO
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Professor of Neurosurgery and Molecular Medicine
Associate Dean of Research
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Hempstead, New York, USA

Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them from a Global Perspective
Senior Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Unit
Royal Perth Hospital
Professor of Critical Care Research in School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Director of Clinical Trials
St. John of God Health Care Subiaco
Clinical Professor in School of Medicine and Pharmacology
University of Western Australia
Honorary Professorial Fellow in Critical Care and Trauma Division
George Institute for Global Health
Founding Director
Australian Clinical Trials Alliance
Foundation Fellow and Member of Council
Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Star Research Presentations
These presentations will be scheduled, unopposed, on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 2:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The top 64 abstracts submitted will be highlighted.

Awards Presentations
Winners of SCCM’s abstract-based awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Research Snapshot Theaters
Research Snapshot award winners and authors of abstracts and case reports will present their submissions with time for questions and answers. Sessions will be moderated by noted faculty and experts to facilitate the exchange of ideas and commentary. Presentations will be held in designated sections of the Exhibit Hall Sunday, February 25, through Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Educational Symposia
Learn about clinical breakthroughs and advances that lead to better patient care during these thought-provoking presentations. Each session is presented by leading experts in critical care and offers a thorough analysis of the developments and controversies affecting most ICU environments. These industry sessions are complimentary for all Congress registrants; no additional registration is needed to attend.