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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed major gaps in the U.S. healthcare system, prompting the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) to form the National Special Pathogen System of Care (NSPS) to prepare the country for the next large-scale outbreak. Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, and its Severe Acute Respiratory Infection – Preparedness (SARI-PREP) program are helping lead the way in this new vision. SARI-PREP is a key player in the effort to establish a coordinated and standardized healthcare network that provides high-quality care to parents with a special pathogen, while also protecting healthcare workers.
Discovery, launched in 2017, is the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) research network dedicated to funding critical care research. SARI-PREP is a prospective multicenter observational study that assesses patients hospitalized with SARI, whether due to COVID-19, influenza A or B, or other viral infections. The multicenter study is funded by the CDC Foundation and coordinated by Discovery.
This new partnership with NETEC is an important milestone for SARI-PREP, which was launched just two years ago.
“This important partnership demonstrates that critical care is an essential part of the care delivery system,” said Laura E. Evans, MD, MSc, FCCM, principal investigator of SARI-PREP and director of critical care/associate medical director of the University of Washington Medical Center Seattle. “To be at the table and prominently involved in development of the strategy and plan is important for us and our patients. We are playing a major role in designing a system that will work for us and for healthcare workers and patients.”
NSPS is a collaboration of NETEC, Discovery, SARI-PREP, and a number of other stakeholders. SARI-PREP investigators, including Dr. Evans, have been leaders in NETEC since it was created in 2015 after the Ebola epidemic to provide training and education during emerging outbreaks. But the program’s lack of an infrastructure component became glaringly apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the formation of NSPS.
NETEC provided vital guidance and assistance during the pandemic through programs such as Project ECHO—a virtual peer-to peer clinical education system—and through virtual webinars and consultations. NSPS takes this assistance further, focusing on how systems work together. NSPS draws from examples such as the system that assigns each trauma center a level from 1 to 5 based on its resources. NSPS aims to develop a similar system, assessing how specialty care can be regionalized and how centers can support each other. The vision is to save lives through a sustained, standardized system of care that enables healthcare personnel and administrators to provide agile, high-quality care across the care delivery continuum during the next outbreak of a special pathogen.
The NSPS will frame its work on guiding principles that are:
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