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The updated Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) COVID-19 guidelines are now available, reflecting the learnings from the latest major studies. This month’s Concise Critical Appraisal dives into the update to outline the changes and new recommendations made by the international panel and discusses limitations of the available data.
Lifelong learning through education and career continuum enhances competence and is paramount to promoting professional development and improving clinical outcomes through efficient state-of-the-art practices. The rapidly evolving critical care medical literature mixed with the long hours, life-altering decisions, and stress at the bedside often make it difficult for physicians to take advantage of—or even notice—the constant medical updates. Throw a COVID-19 pandemic into the mix and critical care professionals find themselves in the midst of a rapidly changing field of medicine different from the one in which they were trained. In the early stages of the pandemic, when data were sparse, COVID-19 clinicians were faced with an unprecedented challenge of managing patients with an infection about which little to nothing was known. Now, nearly a year later, knowing this infection will persist for years to come and with increasing evidence-based literature supporting and discouraging various therapeutic options, it is imperative that clinicians continually update their knowledge.
The SSC has published a first update to its COVID-19 guidelines.1 The first update highlights the clinical research being done on COVID-19 despite the stress factors of a global emergency. The recommendations were supported by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). The first update also brings to light the significant lack of direct evidence to strongly recommend or discourage many of the questions people have regarding COVID-19 patient care.
In several areas, recommendations were altered based on advancements in COVID-19-specific clinical research. These include:
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