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Guideline Development Resources

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The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several resources for guideline leaders, panelists, and public members to assist in the guideline development process.

Toolkit Development
Implementation of guidelines at the bedside often require the deployment of useful tools that can assist clinicians in their efforts to apply guidelines to patient care. This short 6 minute recorded webcast describes what could be included in toolkits for SCCM guidelines.

SCCM Guidelines Standard Operating Procedures Manual
This Standard Operating Procedure Manual is provided to highlight steps and processes for the development, publication, and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and clinical practice parameters developed by SCCM volunteers and support staff. The purpose of publishing guidelines is to optimize patient care. This manual delineates important aspects of processes in accordance with standards set by the SCCM Council with implementation via the American College of Critical Care Medicine Board of Regents.

Clinical Practice and Administrative Guidelines: Frequently Asked Questions for Public Members
Medical societies use strict methods to develop and publish guidelines using scientific evidence relevant to a specific topic. The organizations then present that evidence in the form of guidelines to include recommendations for clinicians and administrators who provide healthcare. SCCM gathers experts, such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, dieticians, clergy, and others who care for critically ill and injured patients and their families to serve on guideline development panels. SCCM guidelines are typically published in one of the well-known and highly respected journals Critical Care Medicine or Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Occasionally SCCM will partner with organizations to develop and publish guidelines in other journals as well. Recently SCCM began inviting patients and their families to serve as public members on guideline development panels. These FAQs have been developed for these public members.

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McMaster University GRADE Online Learning Modules
These online learning modules from McMaster University are designed to help guideline developers and authors of systematic reviews learn how to use the GRADE approach to grade the evidence in systematic reviews, to create "Summary of Findings Tables" and "GRADE Evidence Profiles," and move from evidence to making recommendations.

Submit a guideline topic

​​​Submit suggested topics for potential future guideline development. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the American College of Critical Care Medicine.