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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 2020, please contact Kara Mercer.
How the Pandemic Impacted Evidence-Based Medicine
Judi Jacobi, PharmD, BCCCP, MCCM, outlines the changes the COVID-19 pandemic impacted evidence-based evidence. 
President's Message: A Lifelong Journey
SCCM President Lewis J. Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, discusses the lifelong journey of professional and personal development in healthcare.
How a Master of Critical Care Medicine Prepared for the Coronavirus Pandemic
Philip S. Barie, MD, MBA, MCCM, discusses how him and his team prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.
How SCCM’s FDM Course Helped One New York City Hospital Address the Pandemic
Richard H. Savel, MD, CPE, FCCM, shares his story on how SCCM's FDM course helped prepare for the pandemic.
President's Message: Triumph Amidst Crisis
SCCM President Lewis J. Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, discusses how SCCM and its members embraced new approaches and drove innovative means of patient rescue.
Applying the ICU Liberation Bundle to Critically Ill Children
The aim of this article is to provide pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) practitioners with general guidance on implementation of the ICU Liberation Bundle.
Disparities in Sepsis Management and Outcomes
This article explores the disparities found among different patient populations diagnosed with sepsis.
Pediatric Septic Shock and Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments
Explore this ethics case and case analysis that covers pediatric septic shock and requests for portentially inappropriate treatments from family. 
Scvo2 in Sepsis: A Measurement Provided by Respiratory Care Practitioners
This article outlines the value of central venous oxygen saturation (Scvo2) measurement in sepsis patients, emphasizing the role of the respiratory care practitioner in measuring Scvo2 using blood gas oximetry.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign Releases First Guidelines for Sepsis in Children
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) released its first guidelines for pediatric patints with sepsis in February. More than 1.2 million children develop sepsis globally every year, including more than 75,000 in the United States.