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Critical Care Awareness Month

Critical care awareness aims to recognize those who work in the intensive care unit. 

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May is National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month 

Join the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in acknowledging the unwavering and inspiring commitment of critical care clinicians worldwide! Celebrate National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM). 

Turn Your ICU Blue

Intensive care unit (ICU) teams worldwide hold educational symposia, staff recognition ceremonies, or other special events with a blue theme. Bring blue snacks or balloons! Wear your favorite blue scrubs! 

No matter how you mark the occasion, be sure to share your celebrations with SCCM and the critical care community using the hashtag #NCCARM and #BlueICU.

Save the date: Wear blue on Friday, May 19, 2023! 


Spread the Word

SCCM provides materials to help you and your team celebrate. Download the NCCARM Promotional Kit at and find suggested social media posts, flyers, and images.
Download the NCCARM Promotion Kit

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), partners with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in celebration of NCCARM. Thank you for making May a month to recognize your critical care colleagues and raise awareness of their valuable work!

Recognize Your Colleagues and Team

SCCM's annual awards program recognizes and honors the achievements of its members! Nominate a colleague or your team for one of SCCM's many awards. Applications are due August 1, but make a point to complete your application in May to celebrate NCCARM!  

Learn More About SCCM Awards

Share Gratitude

Take a moment to share your gratitude via social media channels (use #BlueICU) or submit a message of gratitude. 

  • Thank a colleague for their dedication.
  • Give a shout-out to a mentor or someone who has inspired you.
  • Share what makes you proud to be in critical care.
Help build a movement of gratitude this May as we celebrate the contribution of critical care professionals worldwide!

SCCM will share stories about being #criticalcareproud all year round.  


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