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SCCM Global Health: Improving Critical Care Medicine related to Global Health through Technology and Innovations 6:30-9:00 pm, January 21, 2023

  • 1.  SCCM Global Health: Improving Critical Care Medicine related to Global Health through Technology and Innovations 6:30-9:00 pm, January 21, 2023

    Posted 01-12-2023 09:41
    SCCM Global Health: Improving Critical Care Medicine related to Global Health through Technology and Innovations
    6:30-9:00 pm, January 21, 2023

    Please join us on Saturday, Jan 21st from 6:30-9:00 PM PST in the Continental Ballroom 5 at the Hilton SF Union Square Hotel for the SCCM Global Health: Advancing Equity in Global Health through Technology and Innovation in Critical Care  event to discuss the topic of global health. There will be an open bar with beer and wine, as well as heavy appetizers for all attendees. 

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    Jan 21, 2023 from 18:30 to 21:00 (PT)

    Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    333 O'Farrell St
    Continental Ballroom 5
    San Francisco, CA 94102


    Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress attendees, UCSF and Stanford University Global Surgical Care healthcare providers, SCCM executive council and leadership, funders, Members of G4 Alliance organizations, global health and development partners.  Many prior side events have been held in locations that take advantage of proximity to the United Nations, or the World Health Organization.  For this event we will add to the scope of our audience to include philanthropic and technological innovators from the .com world.


    Worldwide, an estimated five billion people lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical and anesthesia care, resulting in a staggering one-third of the global burden of disease from conditions that could be treated or prevented through surgery. Universal access to safe surgical and anesthesia care is essential to save lives, prevent disease and disability, foster economic development, and support resilient, pandemic-ready health systems.

    Global surgical care that is taken for granted in the United States is poorly available in many developing countries resulting in poor health, impaired quality of life, and the premature death of many people, including mothers and babies.

    This year, the Society of Critical Care Medicine will be inaugurating its Global Health initiative as thousands of healthcare providers will be attending the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) annual congress at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Concurrent with the congress, the SCCM will be collaborating with the G4 Alliance, an international advocacy alliance of organizations that promote surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia care on the global level.

    The event will celebrate the SCCM's new Global Health programs, especially its generous support to healthcare in Ukraine and the Africa Infrastructure Relief and Support (AIRS) project in multiple West African countries.  The event will focus on technological innovations for global health that are environmentally friendly by way of their low energy profile and use of renewable resources.   These devices improve patient safety, healthcare quality, and health system strengthening while also improving global health equity.

    Featured at the event will be the establishment of renewable energy at major maternal and pediatric hospitals in West Africa, as well as the establishment of the first oxygen plant in The Gambia's major teaching hospital, and the introduction of newly innovated oxygen delivery devices for developing countries.  The theme around the technological innovations introduced will center around renewable energy and energy conservation.

    This event will provide a platform from which individual and corporate partners can disseminate information regarding unique technologies that have the potential to impact global health equity.

    At the event, philanthropic investors from the Silicon Valley region and global health experts from Stanford and UCSF will highlight the importance of survival and quality of life in the developing world.

    This event, hosted on the sidelines of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's annual congress, will convene diverse stakeholders across the global surgery and critical care medicine communities to discuss the challenges we must confront and key technological and policy approaches to improving the health of mothers, children and all surgical patients in low-income countries across the world. 

    Session Format (60 minutes of program time)

    1.) Introduction of the event - 5 minutes

    2.) SCCM presentation on the launch of the SCCM Global Health initiative with major projets accros Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ukraine and other countries in the region. - 15 minutes

    Session 1 The Diversity of Global Health and the G4 Alliance

    • moderated by Natalie Sheneman (Director of Advocacy, G4 Alliance)
      • Introduction of the G4 Alliance and its role in advancing global SOTA care

    A.) Three global health presentations that tie global health to critical care medicine

    • Janice Zimmerman (internal medicine global critical care) past president of the World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, ( (she has agreed to present a short 8 minute presentation.
    • M.J. Reed (trauma surgeon and critical care physician) she has agreed to present a short 8 minute presentation regarding trauma surgery and critical care.  (Dr. Reed is an active member of Mercy Ships and may be able to represent that organization)
    • Ana Crawford (Director of Global Anesthesia at Stanford University) She will provide local context and support from Stanford. (Dr. Crawford has agreed to present an 8 minute presentation regarding global anesthesia and critical care.
    • Ramon Gist (Director of the Downstate SUNY PICU). He will provide context related to pediatric critical care medicine and global health.

    Conclusion by Dr. John B. Sampson Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine.

    The importance of multidisciplinary critical care medicine and surgery, obstetric, trauma and anesthesia care (SOTA Care). (5 minutes)

    Innovative Technologies (three) (8 minutes each)

    • Butterfly Ultrasound. Presented by Dr. Jose Diaz-Gomez ( which is innovative in its low cost and ability to perform the function of multiple different ultrasound probes. (Relevance is that this is being used by SCCM for support of the Ukraine).   There is significant global critical care/global SOTA potential.
      • Medical Director, Transplant, Cardiovascular, and MCS Critical Care and Director of Critical CAre Echocardiography. Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute.
    • PCI gases, Presented by Francois Lacombe CEO of PCI Gases. ( )which is innovative in its low energy consumption (less than 50%) consumption.  (This is likely the technology that we will be using for the current SCCM program)
    • Eniware Surgical Sterilization, Dr. James Bernstein CEO of Eniware (  Eniware is a surgical instrument sterilization innovation that performs its function without an Autoclave and without electricity.  This would be a remote or video-taped presentation by Dr. James Bernstein.  He is based in Washington, DC and would not be able to personally attend but would virtually do so.

    Professor Alan Tratner (Co-founder of Earth Day and CEO of Green2Gold).

    Wrap-up Presentation to Environmentally Friendly Technological Innovations for Global Health




    Claudia Drath
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