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SCCM assists the critical care community during disasters and emergencies by providing resources and updates.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) monitors current events and regularly activates its crisis response plan. The plan includes releasing complimentary education and resources to help clinicians treat critically ill and injured patients, respond to patient surges, and implement resource allocation strategies. Materials are specific to the emergency at hand, including hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and other man-made and natural disasters.
SCCM has reached out to those affected by the recent crisis in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. Free resources are available to help critical care practitioners care for patients during a crisis.
Call for Volunteers on behalf of the Ministry of Health of Israel
Call for Volunteers on behalf of the Palestinian Ministry of Health
SCCM has reached out to contacts in Afghanistan and offers these free resources to help during natural disasters.
Chapters and presentations from Fundamental Critical Care Support: Crisis Management:
SCCM provided medical equipment, supplies, and critical care educational resources to those impacted by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Find links to free education, including book chapters and online modules, and learn how you can support these efforts.
SCCM has compiled resources on what clinicians need to know about mpox (formerly monkeypox). While monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease, severe cases can occur, so it is important for critical care clinicians to recognize potential mpox infections.
Find extensive resources for healthcare professionals responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Free education is available for intensive care unit clinicians, as well as anyone who may benefit from critical care training. Materials are available in English and translated into several other languages.
SCCM is carrying out humanitarian initiatives to substantially improve the healthcare infrastructure in some of the most underserved areas in the world.
While respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms that last a week or two, it can also be severe, especially for infants, young children, older adults, and adults with chronic medical conditions. SCCM has made selected modules from its Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) and Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) courses available via open access for healthcare professionals and nonintensivists who may benefit from critical care training.
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare, life-threatening neurologic condition that affects mostly children and can lead to permanent paralysis. Patients with AFM have sudden onset of acute flaccid limb weakness without a known cause and with lesions in gray matter of the spinal cord. In the United States, AFM has peaked every two years between August and November since 2014, likely due to enteroviruses. Case increases, mostly in young children, were reported in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Clinicians should continue to be vigilant and send information about patients who meet the clinical criteria and laboratory and imaging criteria for AFM to their health department regardless of laboratory results.
SCCM is monitoring the effects of the Maui wildfires and is poised to offer support. Access free resources to help during natural disasters.
SCCM responded to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Türkiye and Syria in February 2023 by providing access to free disaster resources.