The Guidelines for Organization of Critical Care Units represent in principle the consensus of the Council members of the Society for Critical Care Medicine. This is the first in a series of prospective guidelines. Subsequent guidelines will deal with training of critical care unit personnel, design and structure of critical care units, and equipment for critical care units. The Guidelines for Organization of Critical Care Units as described herein are compatible with two closely related documents: (1) The "Special Care Units" section of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH) standards for accreditation issued in October 1970 and amended in March 1971; and (2) the current draft of the "Guidelines for Categorization of Hospital Emergency Facilities" of the American Medical Association Commission on Emergency Medical Services issued in April 1971. The Council of the Society for Critical Care Medicine recognizes that this form of medical care must be dynamic and subject to change. It is anticipated that these and subsequent guidelines will require frequent revision. Such revisions will incorporate the ideas and experience gained through continuing interdisciplinary dialogue and intersociety conferences.
Guidelines for Organization of Critical Care Units. JAMA. 1972;222(12):1532–1535. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210120030008