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Critical Connections Archives

Critical Connections was launched in 2003. Articles organized by clinical topic also are available at

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Critical Connections was launched in 2003. For access to articles published before 2017, please contact Melissa Nielsen.

2018 - April 2 - High-Value Care

Blue Heroes of the Critical Care Community
Read about members of the critical care community who are giving back in all kinds of ways.   
Mental Illness as a Rate-Limiting Step in Critical Care
This article addresses the ethics of mental illness as a rate-limiting step in critical care.   
Ultrasonography in Critical Care
Learn about billing and coding for ultrasonography in critical care.   
Teaching High-Value Care to the Future Workforce
Discover how healthcare educators can instill high-value care approaches in clinical decision-making.   
Are We Choosing Wisely in Critical Care?
Learn about the Choosing Wisely Initiative and how it is impacting critical care practitioners.   
Implementing High-Value Care Programs: Success Stories
Read about the implementation and success stories of high-value care programs.   
President's Message - SCCM Tools Promote High-Value ICU Care
In this article, Society President Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM, discusses how the Society of Critical Care Medicine is promoting high-value care in the ICU.   
Neurocritical Care Leader Recognized for Lifetime Achievement
This article celebrates Thomas P. Bleck, MD, MCCM, who received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the 47th Critical Care Congress.
2018 Congress Recognizes ICU Hero Award Winners
This article celebrates the 2018 recipients of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Heroes Award.