Palliative Care KEG

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The Palliative Care KEG aims to unite SCCM members who have an interest in palliative medicine. SCCM has long endorsed the values and principles of palliative care with initiatives such as THRIVE, ICU Liberation, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) Collaborative, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – Intensive Care Unit (PCOR-ICU). This KEG will serve SCCM members and benefit patients and families through the following goals and objectives:


  • Explain the symbiotic relationship between critical care and palliative care
  • Emphasize the need for standardized integration of palliative care principles as a core element of critical care management
  • Outline important areas of intersection of critical care and palliative care from diagnosis through treatment, ICU discharge, or end-of-life care
  • Promote and develop opportunities for education and improvement at each juncture identified above
  • Hone skills related to recognition, assessment, and management of pain and noxious symptoms
  • Provide fundamental tools to improve communication between teams and with patients and families to align care plans with patient and family values and goals
  • Empower and support members in developing palliative care models within their unique program structures
  • Facilitate a forum for networking and collaboration within SCCM that promotes research, quality improvement, and clinical initiatives focused on palliative care in the ICU

Joshua B. Kayser, MD, MPH, MBE, FCCM, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Andrew J. Macfadyen, MD, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA

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  • Pediatric Palliative Care Subcommittee Business Meeting

    Greetings Pediatric Palliative Care Subcommittee and Happy New Year to all,

    I am sure many of you are looking forward to our Annual Congress and I am looking forward to seeing many of you in person!  Fortunately, our committee engagement has steadily grown despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. We are delighted to have made strides in many of the exciting endeavors started by this committee in the past few years and are looking forward to seeing the group continue to grow and thrive in the coming year!  

    Don't forget to tune in to our Business Meeting on Monday January 9th from 2-3 PM Eastern Standard Time

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    The agenda will be as follows:

    • Introductions 
    • Committee Updates on activity 
    • Submission ideas for pediatric palliative care content at the 2024 Annual Congress 
    • Palliative Care KEG – discussion on utilization  
    • Open floor – Future Projects Ideas


    Danielle on behalf of Pediatric Palliative Care Subcommittee