Critical Care Quality Summit

September 17-18, 2018
Emory Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The Critical Care Quality Summit is a unique conference focused on peer-to-peer learning led by expert faculty exploring hot topics in critical care patient safety and quality. The intensive care unit (ICU) team is encouraged to attend, as well as individuals who can plan to return to their ICU equipped with innovative implementation strategies. Attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts; the top abstracts will be featured in poster presentations. This event will cultivate an environment of learning and sharing with like-minded critical care professionals with the goal of improving bedside care.

 Participants will:​
  • ​Benefit from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) vast experience in evidence-based quality improvement models
  • Network and learn from peers on how to overcome barriers for success and sustain gains
  • Share experiences through abstract submission and poster presentations
  • Build on teamwork with a multiprofessionally focused event
  • Learn about 2019 SCCM collaborative opportunities
  • Earn continuing medical education credit hours​​

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess findings from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative National Summit on Clinician Burnout
  • Debate how critical care quality and safety will change the future of bedside care
  • Discuss the updated pain, agitation, delirium, immobility, and sleep interruption (PAD-IS) guidelines and how they relate to ICU patient quality and safety measures and outcomes
  • Examine implementation strategies for patient- and family-centered care to improve both quality and safety in the ICU
  • Assess ethical considerations for end-of-life planning and potential quality and safety factors 
  • Review patient safety and quality abstracts

Abstracts are being accepted through June 29, 2018. Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to the contact author by July 2018.


Monday, September 17, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
08:00 a.m. -  8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Overview 
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Frontiers in Quality: SCCM Presidents Panel

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Clinician Burnout: Impact and Prevention Strategies
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) Sepsis Surveillance Toolkit
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Topic A: Burnout
Topic B: CDC Sepsis Surveillance Toolkit
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
What's Next at SCCM: Quality Collaboratives
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 
PAD-IS Guidelines
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  
Breakout Sessions 
Topic A: Burnout
Topic B: PAD-IS Guidelines
Topic C: Quality Collaborative
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Implementation Strategies 
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Posters and Networking Reception 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 
7:00 a.m. -  8:00 a.m
8:00 a.m. –  8:45 a.m. 
Ethical Considerations for End-of-Life Planning In an Age of Predictive Modeling 
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  
SCCM Definitions for Potentially Inappropriate and Futile iIterventions 
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions
Topic A: PAD-IS Guidelines
Topic B: End-of-Life Planning
Topic C: Patient- and Family-Centered Care
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Top Abstracts
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  
Engaging an Entire Health System: How to Implement Quality and Safety Initiatives and Best Practices Across Diverse Hospitals Within One System 
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Ask the Experts 




 Jason M. Kane, MD, MS, FAAP, FCCM
University of Chicago Medical Center
Comer Children's Hospital
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Teresa A. Rincon, BSN, CCRN-K, FCCM
University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Pamela L. Smithburger, BCCCP, BCPS, PharmD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Timothy G. Buchman, MD, PhD, MCM
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Craig M. Coopersmith, MD, FACS, FCCM
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Raymund Dantes, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, FAAN, FCCM
University of California San Diego Health
San Diego, California, USA

John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Ruth M. Kleinpell, ACNP, CCRN, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM
Brown University School of Medicine
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Greg S. Martin, MD, MS, FCCM
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

David J. Murphy, MD, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Brenda T. Pun, DNP, RN, FCCM
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, USA

 Nneka O. Sederstrom, BA, MPH, PhD, FCCM
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


Registration Fees


Register Online

Registration Category Early Rate
(By July 25, 2018)
Advance Rate
(By August 22, 2018)​
Full Rate
(After August 25, 2018)
SCCM Member​
Physician $865 $915​ ​$965
​Fellow, Resident, Student, and other Healthcare Professional* ​$660 $710 ​$760
Physician ​$1,065 ​$1,115 ​$1,165
​Fellow, Resident, Student, and other Healthcare Professional* ​$810 ​$960 ​$910
*Verification letter required with registration for fellows, residents and students to receive the Healthcare Professional rate.

Registration Options
Online: Register Now
Phone: +1 847 827-6888
Fax or Mail: Download the Registration Form

Payment Information

  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards are accepted.
  • Check or international money order, payable to SCCM, may be used to register via mail only.
  • Fees must be paid in U.S. funds and checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
  • For information on paying via wire transfer, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.
  • Inquiries can be emailed to

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations must be submitted in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $75 nonrefundable processing fee and must be postmarked before August 22, 2018, to be eligible for a refund. Cancellations postmarked after this date will not be refunded. Dates for Critical Care Quality Summit are subject to change and/or cancellation. In the event of cancellation, only individual registration fees will be reimbursed. Please allow four weeks to process refunds.



​​Sponsorship information coming soon.

 Hotel and Travel

Hotel Accomodations
Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

SCCM Rate*: $179 single occupancy
*Rate does not include applicable taxes.

Daily parking rates: Self-park: Complimentary for SCCM's Quality Summit attendees

Reservations: Make your hotel reservation by August 17, 2018, to receive SCCM's discounted rate between September 13-22, 2018. Visit the reservations website or call +1 800 933-6679 and identify yourself as a participant in SCCM's Quality Summit. Course attendees are encouraged to reserve their rooms early. Reservations made after August 17 may not receive the discounted rate. Reservations must be guaranteed by check or with a major credit card at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled check-in time of 4:00 p.m. to avoid a charge of one night's room and tax. 

Travel Arrangements

Course attendees and guests are eligible for a discount of up to 10% off published United Airlines fares. Please reference the offer codes when booking.

By phone: +1 800 426-1122
By email:
Agreement code: 863375
Z code: ZYU2
Promotional Code: ZYU277686

Please note: When booking online, select "All Search Options" to find the offer code field.

Travel Information for International Visitors
Please visit the U.S. Department of State website at for the latest information regarding international travel.

Travelers to the United States from Visa Waiver Program countries must go to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization website ( and complete an application before entering the country by air or sea. If approved, the authorization is valid for two years and can be renewed. Travelers no longer need to complete an I-94W form before each trip to the United States.

Car Rental
SCCM has negotiated special car rental rates for the Quality Summit with Hertz. Discounted rates are available for rentals checked out and returned between September 9-26, 2018. To receive the discounted rates, please refer to the information below.

By phone: +1 800 654-2240 (toll free) or +1 405 749-4434
CV #: 050D0008



Abstract submission is now open. No extensions or late-breaking abstracts will be permitted. 

Eligibility Requirements 
  • ​Abstracts and/or data previously presented or published nationally or internationally are not allowed  
  • Abstracts presented at an SCCM chapter meeting are allowed 
  • Abstracts submitted for the quality summit may also be summitted for Congress 2019 
  • Abstracts may contain new research on a topic presented previously  
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author(s) to present the abstract as accepted   
Review Process

Abstracts will be scored on the following criteria: 
  • Scientific merit   
  • Adequate sample size and proper statistical analysis   
  • Adherence to instructions   
  • Originality of work
Alterations and Withdrawals 
SCCM does not edit or proof abstracts. By saving each step you complete in the submission process, you can log off and return to continue your work at another time. As long as you do not formally submit the abstract (by selecting the "Yes, I’m ready to submit" link), you can edit and revise it online as much as you wish. Once an abstract is formally submitted, corrections cannot be made. If changes to a submission are needed, you must withdraw the abstract and create a new, revised submission.
The contact author will be notified in June via e-mail of the abstract's acceptance or rejection. Please ensure that the contact author's e-mail address is included with the abstract submission. All notifications and correspondence will be directed to the contact author indicated in the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to confirm that all author e-mail addresses are current at the time of submission to ensure that any notifications sent from the system are received. All decisions made by the Review Committee are final. 

  • Expenses associated with an abstract's preparation, submission, and presentation are the responsibility of the presenter(s)/author(s).  
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to register for the meeting and pay the meeting registration fee.
Important Dates
  • 12:00 p.m., Central Time, June 29, 2018: General submission deadline
  • July 2018: Notification of submission acceptance sent electronically to contact author 
  • September 17 and 18, 2018: Critical Care Quality Summit, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Access the Abstract Site
  • ​Log in to with your SCCM customer ID and password.  
  • Once logged in, click on My Involvement and select Manage Abstracts on the right side of the page.
  • Select "Submit Abstract for Quality Summit​" at the tab at the top. Here you will find more information about your abstract presentation, steps to confirm, and how to upload your final presentation.

Please contact SCCM Customer Service or call +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.