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Simulation: Keeping Pace With Pandemics

From Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The authors discuss the immediate need to become quickly prepared for overwhelming patient care and health system needs, and the usefulness of simulation.


Coronavirus Disease 2019: Harnessing Healthy Fear via Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior

From Critical Care Explorations. This commentary discussed how fear (both rational and irrational) influences application of evidence-based data in the ICU during pandemics.


Pandemic-Related Submissions: The Challenge of Discerning Signal Amidst Noise

From Critical Care Medicine. The editors of Critical Care Medicine discuss the challenge during current pandemic of discerning data from anecdote, information from observation, and ultimately signal amidst noise.


Online Letter to the Editor: Coronavirus Disease 2019: Withdrawing Mechanical Ventilation to Reallocate Life Support Under Crisis Standards of Care-Nonequivalence of the Equivalence Thesis

From Critical Care Medicine. The authors look at Sprung et al. article ("Adult ICU Triage During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: Who Will Live and Who Will Die? Recommendations to Improve Survival" and the question: Is it ever ethical to remove a ventilator from a patient in order to reallocate it to another we believe would derive more benefit from it?


Using Social Media for Rapid Information Dissemination in a Pandemic: #PedsICU and Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. In this report, the authors describe the use and impact of a targeted strategy for international collaboration and rapid information dissemination on Twitter among members of the pediatric critical care community during a global pandemic.


What specific skills do non-ICU practitioners need to care for this patient population?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on July 8th, 2020.


What is your advice for medical, nursing, and advanced practice provider students who want to continue learning and seeking out opportunities but who are barred from patient care because of the risk of transmission or lack of PPE?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on July 8th, 2020.


Preparedness and Reorganization of Care for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients in a Swiss ICU: Characteristics and Outcomes of 129 Patients

From Critical Care Explorations. The authors report their experience in Switzerland with regard to ICU organization and anticipation, as well as patient characteristics, treatment, and outcomes.


ICU vs. PICU Liberation: Same Goals, Different Tools

This presentation discusses the difference in ICU and PICU liberation to implement the ICU Liberation Bundle in patients with COVID-19. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Molecular Diagnosis of Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Critical Care Explorations. In this article, the authors review current approaches to the molecular diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019.


Editorial: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Prediction Modeling: Everything Old Is NEWS Again

From Critical Care Medicine. In this Editorial, the authors comment on the article by Liu et al. “Evaluation of the Risk Prediction Tools for Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Wuhan, China: A Single-Centered, Retrospective, Observational Study” and note that tools developed for general critical illness can be leveraged for COVID-19 patient care.


Dexmedetomidine-Associated Hyperpyrexia in Three Critically Ill Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Critical Care Explorations. In this study of three patients, the authors state that their findings suggest that high doses of dexmedetomidine infusion are associated with hyperpyrexia in a seemingly dose-dependent fashion in critically ill patients with coronavirus disease 2019.
 


Letter to the Editor: Impact of Asynchronies in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Critical Care Explorations. In this Letter to the Editor, the authors state that close monitoring of patients with COVID-19 and mechanical ventilation is required; staying at the patient’s bedside is necessary to identify life-threatening asynchronies and must be resolved promptly, as well as finding strategies for prevention of asynchronies. 
 


Letter to the Editor: Weaning by Surgical Tracheostomy and Portable Ventilators Released ICU Ventilators During Coronavirus Disease 2019 Surge in London

From Critical Care Explorations. In this Letter to the Editor from London, the authors share experiences with an integrated model of surgical tracheostomy weaning of respiratory critical care patients by a specialist mobile weaning team, using tracheostomy-licensed ventilators, and noted that it appears safe, effective and may be transferrable to other healthcare systems where ICU resource limitation is a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound for Detecting Severe Presentations of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the Emergency Department: A Retrospective Analysis

From Critical Care Explorations. In this study, lung ultrasound diagnosed severe presentations of coronavirus disease 2019 with similar sensitivity to chest radiograph, CT, and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (on first testing) and improved specificity compared to chest radiograph.
 


Letter to the Editor: Declines in Mortality Over Time for Critically Ill Adults With Coronavirus Disease 2019

From Critical Care Medicine. In this Letter to the Editor, the authors report an update to a previous study, finding a decline in mortality rates in critically ill patients with COVID-19.


What sticks out for you in terms of what has changed going into the second wave of the pandemic? What are some key issues and what should we expect going forward?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on October 14, 2020.


What is the approach in the emergency department for patients who arrive with potential COVID-19 symptoms? What triage, diagnostic, and treatment practices are in place?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on October 14, 2020.


How do emergency department staff identify patients who need critical care? How are these patients triaged, and what criteria are used to determine whether patients are transferred to a ward, to the ICU, or to home?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on October 14, 2020.


What are the most common presenting signs and symptoms of COVID-19? What are the more serious signs of a life-threatening situation? What are the indications for ICU admission that non-ICU clinicians must be aware of?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on August 12, 2020.