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, supplies, and pharmaceuticals), and space (room to accommodate patients, providers, and equipment) (1).
Disaster, Disaster Response, Emergency Response
Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement
Natural disasters, industrial accidents , terrorism attacks, and pandemics all have the capacity to result in large numbers of critically ill or injured patients. This supplement provides suggestions for all of those involved in a disaster or pandemic with multiple critically ill patients, including front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Emergency Response, Pandemic
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 disaster outcome. However, if there is a high number of victims with complex injuries and available resources are limited, how those resources are used will determine the outcome for some individuals.
Disaster, Disaster Response, Emergency Response, Triage
COVID-19: What's Next
This online conference will feature the newest COVID-19 research findings, prominent multiprofessional faculty, guidelines updates, and resources. Join clinicians from around the world, from the convenience of your home or office, to seek evidence-based solutions to improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster, education, Emergency Response
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 year have occurred worldwide, which is close to twice the occurrence in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Emergency Response, Hurricane, Natural Disaster
Environmental Health Criteria 213: Carbon Monoxide
World Health Organization (WHO) - Environmental Health Criteria 213: Carbon Monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless gas that can be poisonous to humans. It is a product of the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels and is also produced by natural processes or by biotransformation of halomethanes within the human body. With external exposure to additional carbon monoxide, subtle effects can begin to occur, and exposure to higher levels can result in death. The health effects of carbon monoxide are largely the result of the formation of carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb), which impairs the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
SCCM Member Volunteers to Care for NYC COVID-19 Patients
SCCM member Gregory Margolin, DO, FCCP, FCCM, will be volunteering in New York City next week. He has been treating critically ill patients with COVID-19 at his hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, and will continue his efforts by treating patients at the Javits Center, the convention center in Manhattan repurposed for COVID-19 overflow.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID-19 Member Stories, Emergency Response
Surge Capacity Principles
Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement. This article provides consensus suggestions for expanding critical care surge capacity and extension of critical care service capabilities in disasters or pandemics.
Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress
Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress: A Guide for Emergency Response and Public Safety Workers is a publication from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides suggestions for organizational and individual stress prevention and management approaches in this guide for emergency response and public safety workers.