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Patient Safety First! Award

The Patient Safety First! Award recognizes one intensive care unit (ICU) or program that demonstrates novel, effective patient safety initiatives for critically ill and injured patients. The awardee team receives a commemorative plaque and one complimentary registration to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Critical Care Congress.
Deadline and Submission
Applications are due August 1.
The application must describe the team’s critical care setting and how it supports patient safety. Patient safety initiatives must have been in place for at least one year. By submitting an application, the team agrees to allow SCCM to use information from its application to publicly promote the award and innovations in education.
The selection committee considers the following criteria when evaluating applications:
  • Length of time patient safety initiatives have been in place (must be at least one year)
  • Implementation of specific projects linked to direct patient safety and patient care
  • Demonstration of innovation that provides models for emulation
  • Evidence of multiprofessional efforts to improve care in the ICU
  • Provision of data for evaluation of effectiveness
  • The application must be submitted by an SCCM member.
  • Members of the Quality and Safety Committee or related section committees are not eligible to apply during their terms of service.
  • Awardee teams must wait at least three years after receiving the award to reapply. They can reapply only if their application demonstrates new initiatives, not continuations of previous applications.
  • A representative from the awarded ICU or program must agree to participate in a podcast to discuss the program.
Notification and Process
Prior to the SCCM Critical Care Congress, SCCM notifies all applicants of the results. The award is presented during the ACCM Convocation/SCCM Awards Presentation during the SCCM Critical Care Congress.

For additional information regarding this award, please contact Adair Andrews