Renew Your Membership Today!
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your ongoing support of the Canadian Critical Care Society, the voice of critical care medicine in Canada.The time has come to renew your CCCS membership. Click here to renew.
- Discounted rates to attend the Canadian Critical Care Forum (CCCF), the official meeting of the society
- Dual membership discount with the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)
- Exclusive access to the members only area and google group to post surveys, jobs, event announcements, etc.
- Full members receive access to the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
Press Release: Canadian Critical Care Society Statement on Misperceptions of Brain Death and Organ Donation
Optimizing Crisis Resource Management to Improve Patient Safety and Team Performance
If you work in acute care, this is the book for you. Modern acute care medicine and resuscitation can be complex, scary and perilous. However things need not be this way, and this concise practical handbook aims to help. Optimizing Crisis Resource Management is a practical guide to optimizing your team’s crisis resource management skills.CJA is now the official Journal of CCCS
CCCS is pleased to announce the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS) and CCCS have formed a partnership for the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (CJA) to be the official journal of CCCS.
Dr. Sangeeta Mehta, University of Toronto, has been selected as the Critical Care Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (CJA). The CCCS congratulates her and looks forward to her support! As well, Dr. Donald Griesdale, University of British Columbia, has been offered a position on the CJA board. The CCCS is pleased Dr. Griesdale will continue to be involved in reviewing critical care submissions.
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE IN CJA: Withholding and Withdrawing of Life-Sustaining Treatment: The Canadian Critical Care Society Position Paper
5 Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question in Critical Care
CCCS released a list of “5 Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question” in Critical Care as part of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign. Many of you played a part in the creation of these recommendations and for that we thank you.
Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments and make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
The list identifies 5 targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support clinicians and patients in making wise choices about their care and includes:
- Don’t start or continue life supporting interventions unless they are consistent with the patient’s values and realistic goals of care.
- Don’t prolong mechanical ventilation by over-use of sedatives and bed rest.
- Don’t continue mechanical ventilation without a daily assessment for the patient’s ability to breathe spontaneously.
- Don’t order routine chest radiographs for critically ill patients, except to answer a specific clinical question.
- Don’t routinely transfuse red blood cells in hemodynamically stable ICU patients with a hemoglobin concentration greater than 70 g/l (a threshold of 80 g/L may be considered for patients undergoing cardiac or orthopedic surgery and those with active cardiovascular disease).
Click here to read more: English / French
For more information on Choosing Wisely Canada, please visit www.ChoosingWiselyCanada.org. Join the conversation on Twitter @ChooseWiselyCA.