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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).

COVID-19 Response Resources

SCCM Webcast and Q&A Sessions
Webcasts and Q&A sessions cover issues and questions from the field.
Upcoming Schedule | Previously Recorded Events 

COVID-19 ICU Preparedness Checklist
Single-sheet resource with embedded links to related documents, videos and other COVID-19 tools.

Join the 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.

COVID-19 Blogs

SCCM Member Provides Remote Disaster Response to Italy
SCCM Member and disaster management expert Marie R. Baldisseri, MD, MPH, FCCM, shares her knowledge about the COVID-19 situation in Italy and talks about what drives her to respond in times of crisis.

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. 

Caring for Critically Ill Patients with Novel Coronavirus
Offers special considerations for treating and identifying patients with COVID-19 and strategies to keep safe.

COVID-19 Statements

Mechanical Ventilation Strategies

Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators
Anesthesia machines are equipped with ventilators that in many cases can provide mechanical ventilation to patients with respiratory failure. Learn how anesthesia machines can be used safely and effectively as a first-line backup during the pandemic.

Other Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies
If the number of ventilators in your facility is running low, consider alternative devices capable of delivering breaths or pressure support to patients requiring ventilation.

Risks of Multiple Patients on a Single Ventilator
This joint society consensus statement provides advice to clinicians considering placing multiple patients on a single mechanical ventilator. 
When You’re Out of Options
Guidance to clinicians on techniques for mechanically ventilating two patients with a single ventilator in crisis situations is presented in this document distributed by the Greater New York Hospital Association.


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

External Resources

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

Related Resources

Preparing Your ICU For Disaster Response
A free guidebook to assess your ICU readiness, communications plans, how to build ICU surge capacity, understanding ethical decision making, and much more.

Online Training
Educational Videos

This YouTube playlist includes key presentations such as lessons learned from China, putting COVID-19 in context, 21st-century viruses, and other emergency response resources.

Ethics Resources LearnICU Library

Support the COVID-19 Emergency Response

Your donation will help SCCM respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing financial assistance to members experiencing unexpected financial hardships, as well as continued development of free COVID-19 resources.
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Other Disaster-Related Resources

Book Chapters
External Resources