Abstracts

47th Critical Care Congress
February 25-28, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Make your contribution to the advancement of critical care by submitting your original investigative research and case reports for the 47th Critical Care Congress. If accepted, your work will be considered for presentation at Congress. Abstracts will be published in Critical Care Medicine, the #1 critical care subspecialty journal. Individuals whose abstracts are accepted are also eligible for peer evaluation and awards. First authors who are SCCM members and non-full physicians at the time of abstract submission may be eligible for complimentary Congress registration.

Abstracts submission closes August 2, 2017, at noon Central Time.​

 

 General Information

 

Participate in SCCM's 2018 Critical Care Congress by submitting an abstract or case report. Submission is free. Both domestic and international submissions are encouraged. Abstracts and case reports may be submitted between May 3 and August 2, 2017, at noon, Central Time. 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 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.   
  • Stimulating and unique case reports will be considered for the 2018 Congress program.

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
Accepted abstracts will be published as submitted in the January supplement to the journal Critical Care Medicine. 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.

Submissions may be withdrawn until noon, Central Time, October 11, 2017. Notification to withdraw the submission must be received by SCCM in writing. Please send withdrawal notifications to support@sccm.org. 

Acceptance
The contact author will be notified in October 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 Congress Program Committee are final. 

Complimentary Congress Registration
Complimentary registration will be offered only to the first author who is an SCCM member and a fellow, resident, intern, student, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist. Post-training attending physicians are ineligible. If you are not currently a member and would like to become eligible for complimentary registration, join SCCM online, using your Customer ID, no later than August 2, 2017. Abstract decisions will be communicated by October 2017.

Expenses

  • 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, unless they apply for, and qualify for, complimentary registration.

 Important Dates

  • August 2, 2017, noon, Central Time: General submission deadline.  
  • October 11, 2017 noon, Central Time: Deadline to withdraw submissions. Notification to withdraw submissions must be received by SCCM in writing. Please send withdrawal notifications to support@sccm.org.  
  • October 2017: Notification of submission acceptance sent electronically to contact author. 
  • February 25-28, 2018: Critical Care Congress, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 
 

 Research Snapshots

 
All accepted abstracts will be featured in our Research Snapshot Theaters.  The theater will include a screen, computer, and audio visual equipment to present your research to an audience.  A moderator will also help facilitate questions.
 
If no author is available to present slides live, there will be an opportunity to upload slides and allow for participants to view the enhanced research in designated viewing stations in the exhibit hall.  Instructions on how to accept the live or electronic version will be provided in November 2017.  
 
Slides for both the live and electronic versions of research snapshots must be uploaded no later than noon Central Time on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, as we have limited space on site for uploads. View guidelines for preparing your presentation.
 
The three main elements for this event are as follows:
  • PowerPoint Presentation 
    • 10 slides maximum for a four-minute presentation of your abstract during the Research Snapshot Presentations  
    • You do not need a standard background or template but can use the SCCM template if you wish. 
Please use your Ready Room accessed via your SCCM account to find the date and time of your presentation.
 
Access the Abstract Site
  • Log in to www.MySCCM.org 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.  
  • A new page will automatically open in your browser with the message, "You are not required to RSVP at this time. Click 'Continue' to proceed."  
  • Click "Continue."  
  • You will then be in the Ready Room. Here you will find more information about Congress, and you will be able to view your abstract details at the bottom of the page.
Please contact SCCM Customer Service or call +1 847 827-6888 with any questions.
 

 Submission

 

Submission Instructions

View the step-by-step Abstract Submission Guide.

Access the Submission Site

  1. To submit an abstract or case report for the 47th Critical Care Congress, log in to www.MySCCM.org with your SCCM customer ID and password, or sign up for an account.   
  2. Once logged in, go to MY INVOLVEMENT and select Submit an Abstract on the right side of the page.  
  3. A new page will automatically open in your browser, bringing you to the My Submissions page.

Step 1: Submission Type

  1. Select your submission type: Abstract or Case Report. Each submission type has different field requirements. Once you choose a submission type, you cannot modify it. If you need to modify it, you must create a new submission and choose a different submission type.  
  2. Select either Create Abstract or Create Case Report.

Step 2: Title
The title should be entered in title case. Please only capitalize the initial letter of the principal words. Short articles, conjunctions, and prepositions are not capitalized unless they start the title or subtitle.

  1. The tab includes a text field where you can type your text. You must complete all required fields, denoted by red tabs and asterisks (*).   
  2. No images or tables will be accepted for abstract or case report submissions.  
  3. Select Save.

Step 3: Authors

  1. As the submitter, you will be asked if you are the first author. You must select Yes or No. 
  2. If you select Yes, the system will allow you to enter additional authors.   
  3. If you select No, the search box will appear so you can select the first author.  
    • Enter the last name of the first author in the Last Name field, followed by a coma and the initial of the author's first name, and then select Search.  
    •  If the author is in the system, it will appear in the search results.  
    • Once you select the appropriate first author, choose Assign First Author.  
    • If the author is not in the system, select Can’t Find The Person In The System? – Add First Author. Note: Names are not always listed in alphabetical order. Names searched most frequently are listed first.  
    • A new page will open with required text fields for author demographics.  
    • Complete the required fields and select Submit. 
  4. If you wish to add co-authors, select Add Co-Author. 
    • The Find Co-Author field will appear.  
    • Enter the last name in the Last Name field, followed by a comma and the initial of the co-author's first name, and then select Search.  
    • If the author is in the system, it will appear in the search results.   
      • To add a co-author from the search results, select Assign Co-Author, located to the left of the name.  
      • If the search results do not contain the name you are looking for, select Add Co-Author, located at the bottom of the page. 
    • If you select Add Co-Author, follow these steps to create an author account.  
      • Note: Please ensure that you have searched for an existing author account before creating a new author account. Names are not always listed in alphabetical order. Names searched most frequently are listed first. 
      • If the author is not in the system, select Can’t Find The Person In The System? – Add Co-Author.  
      • A new page will open with required text fields for author demographics.  
      • Complete the required fields and select Submit.  
      • The new author is displayed on the Authors tab.  
        • The order of authors can be changed. To adjust the order, select Edit under the name of any of the authors. 
  5. When finished with the Author screen, select Save.

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 within the abstract submission.  

Please note: The order in which authors are listed when submitted is final. Be sure to double-check that this information is correct. Also, only accepted abstracts whose first authors are SCCM members at the time of submission, in one of the following categories, will receive the complimentary registration code: fellow, resident, intern, student, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist. Codes are not transferrable.

Step 4: Properties

  1. Complete all the required tabs pertaining to your submission (ie, Introduction/Hypothesis, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Categories, and Keywords).  
  2. Select Save within each tab.

Step 5: Award Application

  1. Complete the steps for the In-Training Award and Young Investigator Award if you would like to apply and if you meet eligibility requirements.    
    • Upload appropriate files as explained on the award web pages.
  2. Complete the steps for the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section Patient Safety and Young Investigator Award and Innovations in Patient and Medication Safety Award if you would like to apply and if you meet eligibility requirements.   
    • Upload appropriate files as explained on the award web pages. 
  3. If you would like to apply for a Travel Grant, select the Travel Grant Application Form, which appears under your name in the Authors tab. 

Step 6: Review and Submit
Preview allows you to review the information entered during each step of the submission process.

  1. Review your submission information. If any information needs to be updated or contains errors, click on the corresponding tab. You may return to your submission to modify any section at any time before submitting the final version of your abstract.  
  2. Ensure that all steps are complete as indicated by the blue or white boxes on each tab. If a tab appears red, you missed a step in that section.   
  3. If your submission is complete, check the box next to Yes I Am Ready To Submit My Submission, and then select Finalize.  
  4. The My Submissions screen will display the submission you just created in the Submission section.  
  5. If accepted after peer review, the abstract will be published as submitted in a supplement to the journal Critical Care Medicine.

Additional Information

Submission Limit: There are no restrictions on the number of abstracts you may submit. Multiple abstracts by the same submitter may be accepted. Should accepted abstract presentations conflict, it is the responsibility of the submitter to find a replacement presenter.

Acceptance: Notification of abstract/case report acceptance or rejection will be sent electronically in October 2017. The contact author on each abstract will receive notification by e-mail.

Instructional Videos
How to Create an Abstract
How to Create a Case Report

 

 Formatting

 
Formatting Guidelines
 
All submissions should conform to the following content structure and formatting guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a low score and may cause your submission to be disqualified. 
 
Abstracts
  • Each submission is limited to a total of 2,400 characters, including all spaces. Each section of the abstract has a character limit, as follows: The body may contain 2,100 characters, the title 100 characters, and the author section 200 characters.  
  • There is a limit of eight authors.  
  • Subheadings (eg, Methods, Results, etc.) should not be included in the body of the abstract. Subheadings are automatically formatted in the final abstract layout, so adding them will result in duplication and will needlessly count against the total available characters.   
  • The abstract may not contain tables or images.   
  • Phrases such as “Results/methods will be discussed” and “Additional data will be presented” convey no relevant information and are unacceptable.   
  • The abstract cannot contain any HTML. To avoid formatting inconsistencies, please do not copy and paste text directly from Microsoft Word. Instead, paste the content into a plain text editor (such as Notepad) and then transfer the content from there.   
  • Please do not use all uppercase. Turn off the caps lock feature.   
  • View a sample abstract.
Case Reports
  • Each submission is limited to a total of 2,400 characters, including all spaces. Each section of the abstract has a character limit, as follows: The body may contain 2,100 characters, the title 100 characters, and the author section 200 characters.   
  • There is a limit of eight authors.   
  • Please include the following elements in your case report:  
    • Title and list of authors  
    • Introduction  
    • Description of the case   
    • Discussion of the originality and importance of the case 
  • The case report cannot contain any HTML. To avoid formatting inconsistencies, please do not copy and paste case text directly from Microsoft Word. Instead, paste the content into a plain text editor (such as Notepad) and then transfer the content from there.  
  • The case report may not contain tables or images.   
  • Please do not use all uppercase. Turn off the caps lock feature.    
  • View a sample case report.
 

 Awards

 

Nomination-Based Awards 
Upon acceptance, your abstract may be considered for an award. Abstract-based awards are given to the first author of the abstract. The contact author will be notified if the abstract receives an award. For more information, contact SCCM Customer Service.

Star Research Award Winners
In-Training, Young Investigator, and  Choosing Wisely/High Value Care Awards require an application. Applications are available online, within the abstract submission system. Recipients of the In-Training and Young Investor awards receive $2,500 and a personalized commemorative plaque. Recipent of the Choosing Wisely/High Value Care Award receives $250 and a Certificate of Achievement. Criteria for these awards are listed below.

The 64 top-scoring abstracts are selected for Star Research Presentation during the regular Congress program without competition from other CE/CME sessions. From these 64 abstracts, the following awards are selected:

In-Training Award Criteria

  • Applicant must be in a critical care training program or have ended training not more than one year prior to Congress. 
  • Applicant must upload a verification letter on official letterhead signed by a program director by August 2, 2017. Please include the abstract title.

Young Investigator Award Criteria

  • Applicant must have completed a training program at least 18 months (but not more than three years) prior to January 2018 
  • Applicant must upload a verification letter on official letterhead signed by a program director by August 2, 2017. Please include the abstract title.

Choosing Wisely/High Value Care Award Criteria

  • Applicant's abstract must align with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative Choosing Wisely Campaign.

From the remaining 62 abstracts, the following awards are given:

  • Gold Medal Award: This is awarded to the applicant with the highest abstract score of the remaining submissions. Only one Gold Medal Award is given per year. The awardee receives $2,000 and a commemorative plaque, and must submit the manuscript for publication in Critical Care Medicine
  • Silver Medal Award: This is awarded to the applicant with the second-highest abstract score of the remaining submissions. Only one Silver Medal Award is given per year. The awardee receives $1,000 and a commemorative plaque, and must submit the manuscript for publication in Critical Care Medicine
  • Bronze Medal Award: This is awarded to the applicant with the third-highest abstract score of the remaining submissions. Only one Bronze Medal Award is given per year. The awardee receives $500 and a commemorative plaque, and must submit the manuscript for publication in Critical Care Medicine
  • The recipients of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Awards are not eligible to receive the Young Investigator or In-Training awards. 
  • The remaining people in this category receive a Star Research Award certificate of achievement and $100.

Research Snapshot Awards
Authors of abstracts that were not accepted for Star Research Presentations make short presentations moderated by a professor in the Research Snapshot Theaters in the Exhibit Hall. Additionally, the abstracts with the top 30 scores in this category receive the following awards: 

  • Gold Snapshot Award: This is awarded to 10 people per year with the highest-ranking abstracts in this category. The awardee receives a certificate. 
  • Silver Snapshot Award: This is awarded to 10 people per year with the highest-ranking abstracts in this category. The awardee receives a certificate. 
  • Bronze Snapshot Award: This is awarded to 10 people per year with the highest-ranking abstracts in this category. The awardee receives a certificate.

Case Report Snapshot Awards
Authors of accepted case reports may make short presentations moderated by a professor in the Snapshot Award Theaters located in the Exhibit Hall, based on space availability. Additionally, the top three case reports receive the following awards:

  • One First-Place Award certificate 
  • One Second-Place Award certificate 
  • One Third-Place Award certificate

Section Travel Grants
SCCM specialty sections offer a $500 Travel Grant for a section member. The applicant must:

  • Be an SCCM member  
  • Be a member of the section to which he/she is applying   
  • Attend Congress 2018   
  • Be the first and presenting author of an accepted abstract  
  • Not be a member of section leadership

Additionally, the abstract should:

  • Support emerging science in the applicant's specialty   
  • Show excellence based on the submission’s score   
  • Demonstrate the importance of the work to critically ill patients and families  
  • Be relevant to the section specialty

Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology (CPP) Section Awards

Patient Safety and Young Investigator Award

Award Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a pharmacist who is in residency or fellowship training, or who has completed training within 10 years of the date of application. 
  • Applicant must be employed by a hospital or healthcare system, a member of SCCM, and the leader of the submitted project. 
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration with physicians, nurses, information technologists, administrators, and other health-care professionals is welcome and strongly encouraged. 
  • SCCM members who have served as chair or chair-elect of the SCCM CPP Patient Safety Committee or who have served on the SCCM CPP Executive Committee are not eligible to apply until three years after their term has ended. 
  • Collaboration on the project with a SCCM member who has served as the chair or chair-elect of the SCCM CPP Patient Safety Committee or who has served on the SCCM CPP Executive Committee does not affect the eligibility of an applicant meeting all other criteria. 
  • Applicant must upload a verification letter on official letterhead signed by a program director by August 2, 2017. Please make sure the letter includes the name of the applicant, the abstract title, the qualifying criteria, dates of fellowship/training, and the director's name.

Innovations in Patient and Medication Safety Award

Award Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a pharmacist who is an SCCM member and the leader of the submitted project. 
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration with physicians, nurses, information technologists, administrators, and other health-care professionals is welcome and strongly encouraged. 
  • SCCM members who have served as the chair or chair-elect of the SCCM CPP Patient Safety Committee or who have served on the SCCM CPP Executive Committee are not eligible to apply until three years after their term has ended.
  • Collaboration on the project with an SCCM member who has served as chair or chair-elect of the SCCM CPP Patient Safety Committee or who has served on the SCCM CPP Executive Committee does not affect the eligibility of an applicant meeting all other criteria.