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Category: Disaster

Conventional Explosions and Blast Injuries

Detonation of small-volume, high-intensity explosives is a growing threat to civilian as well as military populations. Understanding circumstances surrounding conventional explosions helps with rapid triage and recognition of factors that contribute to poor outcomes. Rapid eva...

Mass Casualty Burn Care

Burn injuries are very common both in disaster practice and in routine clinical practice. Petroleum derivatives, other industrial chemicals, and compressed gases are often present in our environment, and their mismanagement can result in serious health hazards. On average 60,0...

Neurosciences and the Pandemic

This article was first published in the Fall 2020 issue of Critical Connections. We have much to elucidate on the neurologic manifestations associated with COVID-19. Reports have been published linking severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to stroke, sei...

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Exploring the Knowns and Unknowns of MIS-C

This article was first published in the Fall 2020 issue of Critical Connections. It is a pattern that has been repeated in COVID-19 hot spots nationwide. Several weeks after the surge, emergency departments and intensive care units (ICUs) start seeing children, typically with ...

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Pandemic Situation Report: Perspectives on COVID-19 Surges, Case Trajectories, and Viral Variants

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and while the pace of study of the novel SARS-CoV-2 pathogen and disease is unparalleled, numerous key questions remain incompletely answered. SARS-CoV-2 continues...

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Can Your ICU Benefit from a Rapid Response Team?

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Rapid response teams (RRTs) were initially conceived in the 1990s in Australia and north America. 

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Second Victims of the Pandemic: The Complexity of Workforce Well-Being

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. Many healthcare professionals believe that well-being remedies such as respite rooms, exercise facilities, and on-site counseling services sound great in theory but in actuality are benefits they ...

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Critical Impact: Key Findings From Multiprofessional Perspectives

This article was first published in the Fall 2021 issue of Critical Connections. In its continued effort to support healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has produced three FREE self-directed courses on the pandemic...

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Mass Casualty Events: Challenges and Opportunities in Caring for the Critically Ill and Injured

The Society of Critical Care Medicine's Critical Care Congress features internationally renowned faculty and content sessions highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine. This is a presentation from the 2019 Critical Care Congress on...

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The Rural Rapid Response Team

This article was first published in the Summer 2021 issue of Critical Connections . This article describes how embedded Navy teams provided COVID-19 response in small South Texas hospitals.  

Infusion Pumps Outside Patient Rooms: Clinical Considerations and Medication Safety

This article was first published in the Summer 2021 issue of Critical Connections . This article discusses the clinical and safety considerations for using infusion pumps outside of patient rooms in order to help decrease exposure.

Care of the Critically Injured Patient: Trends Expected for 2021 and Beyond

This article was first published in the Summer 2021 issue of Critical Connections . This article covers trends and care of injured patients in the United States during the pandemic as well as a look into possible trends for the future.

Estimated Time: Critical Connections 2021

Hospital Stress, Adaptation, and Resiliency During Respiratory Viral Acute Surge Events

This article was first published in the Spring 2021 issue of Critical Connections . Respiratory viral acute surge events, in which hospitals face stress and capacity strain from an influx of infected patients, range from annual respiratory viral seasons dominated by seasonal ...

Pandemics Cross Borders: How to Tackle Them From a Global Perspective

This is a presentation from the 47th Critical Care Congress on Pandemics Cross Borders.

Estimated Time: Congress, On Demand, Pandemic

Augmenting Critical Care Capacity During A Disaster

In a medical context, the term surge capacity refers to a healthcare delivery system’s ability to rapidly accommodate an increased demand for services under extenuating circumstances. The 3 most commonly identified components of surge capacity are staff, stuff (equipment, supp...

Disaster Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources

When disaster strikes, effective management of resources can significantly influence the overall outcome of the response. If the number of victims and the complexity of their injuries are low and resources are abundant, resource allocation will have little impact on the disast...

Disasters Produced by Natural Phenomena

Disasters produced by natural phenomena are sudden ecological events of sufficient magnitude to require external assistance. In recent years, these events have been affecting increasing numbers of people throughout the world. Since 2000, an average of 400 natural disasters a y...

Critically ill patients with the Middle East respiratory syndrome: A multicenter retrospective cohort study

This Critical Care Medicine aims to describe patient characteristics, clinical manifestations, disease course including viral replication patterns, and outcomes of critically ill patients with severe acute respiratory infection from the Middle East respiratory syndrome and to ...

Estimated Time: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pandemic

Biohazard Disasters: Natural and International Outbreaks

This complimentary lesson module from SCCM’s Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) course addresses, among other things, the differences between outbreaks and conventional disasters and implementing appropriate and effective infection control measures.

Estimated Time: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pandemic

Intentional and Natural Outbreaks of Infectious Disease

This chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: Explain the general principles of surveillance for intentional and natural outbreaks of infectious disease. Describe the clinical presentation of category A and category B agents and the related diagnostic tests, tr...

Estimated Time: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pandemic