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The Society of Critical Care Medicine's clinical practice guidelines are evidence-based statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care. They are informed by a systematic review of the evidence in published literature and assessment of the benefits and harms of different care options. Other considerations include patient values and preferences, costs, and resources. Guidelines must also be feasible and acceptable by various stakeholders.

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Submit a Guideline Topic Proposal

New guideline topics and revisions to current guidelines are prioritized according to relevance to SCCM's mission and to patients and their families, in addition to budgetary considerations. Guideline topic submitters need not be SCCM members.

Guidelines Development

Learn about the guidelines development process and find resources to assist guidelines leaders, panelists, and public members in the process.

Public Comment

SCCM accepts public comments to solicit feedback on recommendations for new guidelines. Suggestions made through the public comment process will be reviewed by guidelines leadership and/or the guidelines panel.

Guidelines will be made available on SCCM’s website for a two-week period to solicit public comments. Before viewing the recommendations, reviewers must electronically sign a nondisclosure and confidentiality agreement and identify themselves by name, affiliation (if applicable), and email address. Anonymous comments will not be accepted.

Comments are advisory only. SCCM is not obligated to make any changes based on feedback from public commenting. SCCM will not respond to reviewers or post any responses to comments.

Example instructions for public comment:
Please review each guideline recommendation. Select the recommendation for which you have feedback and provide your comment and rationale. This rationale may include new literature that supports your position. You may comment on more than one recommendation.

Guidelines Available for Public Comments
There are no guidelines currently available for public comments.

Upcoming Public Comment Periods
There are no upcoming public comment periods.


Upcoming Guidelines

The following is a list of SCCM guidelines currently in the development process and their tentative publication years.
  • Adult ICU Triage Guidelines (2025)
  • Caring for Older Adults in the ICU Guideline (2025)
  • Heat-Related Injury and Illness Guideline (2025)
  • Managing Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and PICS ‒ Family Guideline (2025)
  • Neonatal and Pediatric End-of-Life Care in the ICU Guideline (2025)
  • Sustained Neuromuscular Blockade in Adult Critically Ill Patients Guideline (2025)
All submissions for new guideline topics or updates to previously published guidelines must be submitted through the guideline proposal form.

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