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Tag: Disaster Response

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.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster Response, Pandemic


Consensus Statement on Multiple Patients Per Ventilator
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (ASPF), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) issue this consensus statement on the concept of placing multiple patients on a single mechanical ventilator.

COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response, Pandemic


Impact and response in a Houston trauma center intensive care unit
This article aims to increase awareness of specific risks to healthcare systems during a natural or civil disaster.

Disaster Response


United States Resource Availability for COVID-19
With the onset of COVID-19, and the strong possibility of large percentages of the U.S. population being admitted to the hospital and intensive care unit (ICU), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has updated its statistics on critical care resources available in the United States.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response


COVID-19 External Resources
A curated list of government agencies, hospitals, professional organizations and other groups providing free resources and educational materials relevant to COVID-19.

COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response


Augmenting Critical Care Capacity During a Disaster
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: identify the 4 components of surge capacity, explain how surge capacity relates to intensive care unit (ICU) readiness for a mass casualty incident, discuss the challenges inherent in maintaining high surge capacity in the ICU, explain how ICU surge capacity fits within the larger framework of disaster medical response

Disaster Response


COVID-19 ICU Preparedness Checklist
A simple to use, resource with embedded links to related documents, videos and other tools to help you ensure your ICU readiness.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster, Disaster Response, Emergency Response, Pandemic


Conventional Explosions and Blast Injuries
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to describe the mechanisms of injury associated with conventional explosions, outline triage strategies and markers of severe injury in patients wounded in conventional explosions, explain the general principles of critical care and procedural support in mass casualty incidents caused by conventional explosions, discuss organ-specific support for victims of conventional explosions.

Disaster Response


COVID-19 Relevant Literature
A curated list of published literature relevant to critically ill COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response


Critical Care Management of Chemical Exposures
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: review measures of preparedness and planning and describe the purpose of decontamination

Disaster Response


Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians
Access the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) complimentary online training, Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response, Pandemic


Critical Care of the Burn Patient
This complimentary chapter from Current Concepts aims to describe at least 3 components of a burn-specific secondary survey, plan fluid resuscitation for a patient with a large burn, list at least 3 important burn-related issues that arise in the ICU when caring for patients with large burns

Disaster Response


Disaster and Emergency Resources
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) responds to disasters and emergencies by providing resources and updates to the critical care community. SCCM is responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. This site provides complimentary SCCM resources as well as updates vital to critical care professionals.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster, Disaster Response, Emergency Response, Pandemic


Delivering Acute Care to Chronically Ill Adults in Shelters
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: describe the most likely settings from which affected adults or children will seek care in shelters during disasters.

Disaster Response


Disaster Triage and Allocation of Scare Resources
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: describe the types and characteristics of surges, summarize key events in the history of triage, identify what critical care resources may have to be allocated or triaged during a disaster, explain the differences between resource allocation, rationing, and triage.

Disaster Response


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).

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response


Intensive Care Unit Microcosm Within Disaster Medical Response
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: explain the concept of all-hazard preparedness as it relates to critical care disaster response.

Disaster Response


Emergency Resources: Natural Disasters
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is rapidly developing and deploying resources to respond to natural disasters.

Disaster, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, Emergency


Mass Casualty Burn Care
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to describe the physiological injury and pathology of burn injury.

Disaster Response


SCCM-ASA Joint Statement to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announce their plans to collaborate to address the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response


Provision of Sophisticated Critical Care Beyond the Hospital
"The provision of sophisticated critical care beyond the hospital: Lessons from physiology and military experiences that apply to civil disaster medical response," published in Critical Care Medicine (CCM), explores existing ICU care systems such as military aeromedical transport that may be applicable to disaster medicine and to providing critical care outside of an ICU setting.

Disaster Response


Sign Up for COVID-19 Email Updates
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is rapidly developing and deploying resources to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Enter your email to receive updates about this information.

COVID-19, Disaster Response, Emergency Response


Public health issues in disasters
This article outlines a number of important areas in which public health can contribute to making overall disaster management more effective. This article discusses health effects of some of the more important sudden impact natural disasters and potential future threats (e.g., intentional or deliberately released biologic agents) and outlines the requirements for effective emergency medical and public health response to these events.

Disaster Response


Strategies to improve pediatric disaster surge response
This article aims to estimate the potential for disaster mortality reduction with two surge response strategies: 1) control distribution of disaster victims to avoid hospital overcrowding near the scene, and 2) expand capacity by altering standards of care to only “essential” interventions.

Disaster Response


Sustained Mechanical Ventilation Outside of Traditional Intensive Care Units
This complimentary chapter from Fundamental Disaster Management aims to: describe the medical response capability needed for mass casualty respiratory failure, summarize the functional requirements of space to be adapted for disaster critical care, identify the essential characteristics of positive pressure ventilation equipment for use in a mass casualty incident, summarize the ancillary respiratory equipment recommended for use in mass casualty critical care.

Disaster Response


Tetanus-Immunoprophylaxis
This appendix from Fundamental Critical Care Support provides a summary of tetanus prophylaxis in routine wound management. 

Disaster Response


What Do I Need to Know About Rationing in the ICU?
This chapter from Critical Care Ethics discusses rationing, with an emphasis on ethical principles and practice. Rationing refers to the distribution of resources, and the application of justice to this practice implies that resources are distributed fairly. Most people would say that it is only fair to invoke the principle of justice (as opposed to the principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, and beneficence) before you approach the patient’s bedside.

Disaster Response