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Critical care medicine refers to the care of critical patients who are undergoing life-threatening conditions caused by severe disorders or trauma and require intensive care through risky surgeries or treatments. As a result, intensive care units (ICUs) are equipped with advanced patient surveillance and life support equipment and serve as intensive treatment sites to save the critical patients’ lives and minimize damages to important organs through the help of a highly skilled team, which include critical care specialists, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, and rehabilitation therapists. As such, critical care medicine refers to the branch of medicine that is concerned with the continuous surveillance of physiologically unstable patients suffering from reduced compensation capabilities, as well as the provision of timely treatment to address abnormalities and minimize the adverse effects on patients.
Founded as the Korean Society of First Aid Medicine in 1980, KSCCM has since grown to become the core of the Korean critical care system with 40 years of service. As of May 2020, the organization consists of nearly 2,500 members, including 1,506 specialists as well as 7 regional and research groups.
KSCCM has an annual series of academic conferences that date back to 1981 and has successfully hosted the 13th Western Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine in 2004, as well as the 12th World Congress of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2015. The organization has been hosting the Korean–Japanese Critical Care Symposium in conjunction with the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine since 2001 and the Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course (MCCRC) together with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) since 2008. These experiences in international exchange have allowed KSCCM to host its international academic congress titled, “Acute Critical Care Conference,” which began in 2018.
Moreover, Acute and Critical Care, KSCCM’s official academic journal founded in 1986, is published quarterly. Since 2014, KSCCM has strived to build its international reach by strengthening the editing and reviewing process and issuing the journal in English. KSCCM has also published the critical care textbook’s third edition in 2016, along with various clinical guidelines and white papers.
The organization has also introduced the subspecialty system in 2008, which offers advanced courses for eight critical care subspecialties (internal medicine, anesthesiology, pediatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, surgery, emergency medicine, cardiothoracic surgery). Nurses, who hold important roles in critical care, also take part in KSCCM as nursing members.
Furthermore, KSCCM has pioneered the introduction of the concept of critical care medicine in Korea, has worked consistently to establish an academic basis of the field, and has played an important role in medical policymaking and development, which can be seen in the recent 2014 and 2017 ICU conformity assessment and hospitalist system. Thus, KSCCM’s efforts to improve difficult critical care conditions continue by creating awareness-raising events for the National Sepsis Day, drafting proposals for national sepsis registration projects, and spearheading policy discussions for critical care in the National Assembly.
To our patients and their guardians, we humbly ask you to share your experiences, comments, or suggestions to enhance critical care. We will continue to exert our utmost efforts to ensure that critical patients receive proper care and assistance from experts in quality facilities so that their health may be restored, allowing them to return to their normal lives.
Sang-hyun Kwak, MD, PhD
The President of Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine