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Emergency Resources: COVID-19

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is rapidly developing and deploying resources to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Education and Resources

Find all SCCM’s online courses, webcasts, guidelines and education specific to COVID-19. 

VIRUS COVID-19 Registry

A registry of current hospital care patterns to evaluate the safety and observational effectiveness of COVID-19 practices and to determine the variations in practice across hospitals.

COVID-19 Discussion Group

SCCM's new e-community is open and discussions are ongoing about COVID-19. Pose questions, get answers, share your experiences, and access new resources. Use the app, website or reply via email. Download the free DiscourseHub app for iOS or Google Play and use when prompted. Or, visit the web-based site.

Mechanical Ventilation Strategies

Strategies for augmenting ventilator supply and staff, risks of multiple patients on a single ventilator, and what to do what you are out of options.

Ethics and Resource Allocation

Be prepared to make resource allocation decisions in the event of a crisis surge response where clinical demands exceed the ability to provide basic critical care services.

Tele-Critical Care

​Virtual volunteers are needed for a tele-critical care pilot. SCCM released a tip sheet to help you get started, expand or connect your tele-critical care program.

Volunteer or Request Volunteers

Calls for volunteers are active for the Navajo Nation.

Member Stories

Critical care clinicians are heroes in the COVID-19 response. SCCM is extremely grateful for your commitment and is featuring the brave and impressive work done by the critical care community in the hopes it can help the larger response effort. Tag SCCM as you share your stories on social media or submit them online.

Latest News

Clinicians Report Ventilator Shortages
Clinicians responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have experienced shortages of mechanical ventilators, according to a rapid-cycle survey distributed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Survey respondents reported having to secure additional ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile or other sources, such as private suppliers. A small percentage even said they declined care because they did not have enough ventilators or placed two patients on one ventilator.
SCCM Experts Weigh in on Latest COVID-19 Treatment Strategies
This article distills some of the challenges and lessons learned in key areas of COVID-19 management: convalescent plasma therapy and strategies for diabetes/hyperglycemia and myocarditis.

COVID-19: What’s Next: A Deeper Dive into Top Sessions
COVID-19: What’s Next, the first-of-its kind virtual conference hosted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), featured the newest research findings, epidemiologic models, and guideline updates for caring for patients with COVID-19 from specialists on the front lines.

The Difficult Path Ahead: We Hear You and Are Here for You
SCCM released a statement to media imploring the public to rise to the challenge and follow recommended public health measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding large groups and staying home as much as possible. 

PPE Strategies for the COVID-19 Era
The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been uncertain since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Months into this healthcare crisis, supply chains are unpredictable as reports of shortages continue. Follow these key strategies for managing PPE.

How to Maintain Wellness in the COVID-19 Era
Intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians tend to pride themselves on their ability to care for others, even if it is at the expense of taking care of themselves. Some think of this mantra of "others before me" as a badge of honor, according to James C. Jackson, PhD, PsyD, research professor and assistant director of the ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Jackson has a strong message to these clinicians: Now is not the time to dismiss your own needs.

Configuring the ICU in the COVID-19 Era: Real-World Experience
Because all of us are learning as we go and hungry for insights from other healthcare professionals and facilities that have been treating patients who are critically ill with COVID-19, SCCM has created the report Configuring ICUs in the COVID-19 Era: Collection of Evolving Experiences. 

SCCM and Its Members Rise to the COVID-19 Challenge
There is no doubt we are living in a new world. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging organizations and individuals to react quickly and adapt overnight.
What Critical Care Clinicians Need to Know Today About MIS-C
Clinicians are sharing early findings about an emerging critical illness predominantly affecting school-aged children and young adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined criteria, calling it Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19. 

Sharing Data is the Key to Unlocking Remdesivir Challenges
Critical care teams should consider using remdesivir in treating severe acute cases of COVID-19, but the drug supply is limited and best practices for maximizing its effectiveness are not completely understood. 

Clinicians Report High Stress in COVID-19 Response
Critical care clinicians are feeling increased personal stress about COVID-19 and are especially worried about infecting loved ones, while also expressing continued concern about personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing shortages, according to a rapid-cycle survey from SCCM.

ICU Readiness Assessment: We Are Not Prepared for COVID-19
Nearly 5,000 U.S. intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians say that their ICUs are not prepared for the potential onslaught of COVID-19 patients. Download the full report.

United States Resource Availability for COVID-19
Provides tiered staffing models and data not previously published on the availability of beds, mechanical ventilator supplies, and staff.

Journals & Other Resources