Society of Critical Care Medicine

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), established in 1970, is an independently incorporated, international, educational and scientific society based in the United States. Its members are health professionals providing care to critically ill and injured patients. The Society supports research and education, and advocates on issues related to critical care.


The SCCM was established in 1970 at meeting of 29 physicians in Los Angeles, California. Max Harry Weil was the first president of the Society. In 1972 Peter Safar became the second president of Society of Critical Care Medicine. Safar is credited with pioneering CPR.


The Society holds its annual international conference in January or February. The Society also holds other conferences, symposia, courses and meetings.

Patient Information[edit]

SCCM provides free educational material for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and their families including information on post-intensive care syndrome.


The Society has two officials journals,Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM). SCCM also publishes a newsletter, Critical Connections.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine produces a podcast for critical care clinicians, The iCritical Care Podcast.[1]

The Society has participated in developing guidelines and policies with:


  1. ^ Savel, RH; Goldstein, EB; Perencevich, EN; Angood, PB (2007). "The iCritical Care Podcast: A novel medium for critical care communication and education". Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 14 (1): 94–9. doi:10.1197/jamia.M2205. PMC 2215065. PMID 17068348.
  2. ^ Gorman, T; Bernard, F; Marquis, F; Dagenais, P; et al. (May 2004). "Best evidence in critical care medicine: Daily interruption of sedative infusions in critically ill patients undergoing mechanical ventilation". Can J Anaesth. 51 (5): 492–3. doi:10.1007/BF03018314. PMID 15128637.
  3. ^ American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Hospital Care and Section on Critical Care, (April 1999). "Guidelines for developing admission and discharge policies for the pediatric intensive care unit. American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Hospital Care and Section of Critical Care. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Pediatric Section Admission Criteria Task Force". Pediatrics. 103 (4 Pt 1): 840–2. doi:10.1542/peds.103.4.840. PMID 10103320.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

External links[edit]

Official website