Tag: research

Research Agenda

Critical Care Research Agenda The CCSC appointed an expert panel to define a broad, comprehensive agenda for critical care research. This was based on input from a broad range of stakeholders, including USCITT (Critical Illness and Injury Trials group, see below), and serves as a blueprint for future critical care investigation. It also serves as a template to […]


Critical Care Workforce While it has been generally acknowledged and widely appreciated that the shortages in nursing, respiratory care practitioners and pharmacists have already reached crisis levels, there had been conflicting forecasts of the adequacy of the present and future physician labor market throughout the 1990s.  Because of this, the ATS, CHEST and SCCM formed […]

Optimizing the Workforce

The CCSC works to ensure adequate staffing solutions, expertise, and wellness of the team that provides care to critically ill patients and their families. We address allocation of ICU staff, resources and composition, diversity, burnout, teamwork and healthy work environments, nurse practitioner/physician assistant support, and competencies to insure adequate and optimized expert workforce.


Telemedicine in the ICU The CCSC has issued a formal statement on the value of telemedicine in improving the quality and safety of critical care, contending that it has “a long-standing interest in understanding and appropriately promoting ICU telemedicine.” With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), representatives of the CCSC gathered […]

Patient Consent

Patient Consent in Quality Improvement Projects. The CCSC along with the National Association for Medical Directors of Respiratory Care and the Society of Hospital Medicine, worked together to urge the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to reconsider a ruling that Michigan hospitals should have received patient consent when instituting an “ICU checklist” that had […]

About Us

The four major U.S. professional and scientific societies with an interest critical care the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) continue to work together to address issues common to members of all four organizations and the patients […]