In 1970, 28 physicians with a major interest in the care of the critically ill met in Los Angeles to form an organization committed to meeting the needs of extremely ill patients. Thirty-seven years later, the fruit of their labor — the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation) — continues to grow and support all members of the critical care community.

The Chicago-based Society is the leading organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. From heart attack and stroke, to severe respiratory insufficiency, overwhelming infection, burns and wounds associated with both natural and man-made disasters, SCCM recognizes the unique needs of the critically ill patient of any age — infant to adult — and strives to secure the highest quality care for all patients facing life-threatening conditions.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of multiprofessional intensive care through excellence in patient care, education, research, and advocacy.

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