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What Is the Rationale for Using Corticosteroids to Treat Acute Respiratory Failure in COVID-19 Patients?

Steve Pastores, MD, co-author of the Critical Care Explorations article "Rationale for Prolonged Corticosteroid Treatment in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019," answers question regarding the use of corticosteriod treatment for ARDS caused by COVID-19. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Timing, Dosing, and Duration Recommendations for the Use of Corticosteroids for COVID-19 Patients

Steve Pastores, MD, co-author of the Critical Care Explorations article "Rationale for Prolonged Corticosteroid Treatment in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019," discusses the timing, dosing and duration recommendations for the use of corticosteriod treatment for COVID-19. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Disparities in the Use of Corticosteroids for ARDS Caused by COVID-19 by Different Organizations: What Is the Right Answer?

Steve Pastores, MD, co-author of the Critical Care Explorations article "Rationale for Prolonged Corticosteroid Treatment in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019," discusses the disparities in the use of corticosteriod treatment for ARDS caused by COVID-19 by different organizations. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


The Rationale for the Use of Prolonged Corticosteroid Treatment for ARDS Caused by COVID-19

Steve Pastores, MD, co-author of the Critical Care Explorations article "Rationale for Prolonged Corticosteroid Treatment in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019," discusses the use of corticosteriod treatment for ARDS caused by COVID-19. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


What are the roles of nontraditional ICU clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


What is known about COVID-19 in the pediatric population, and what considerations are involved in caring for pediatric patients with COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


What types of nursing considerations are involved in the management of respiratory failure in patients with COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


Is the COVID-19 disease process more similar to high-altitude pulmonary edema than to classic acute respiratory distress syndrome?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


How should respiratory failure be treated in patients with COVID-19 in terms of ventilator management?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


What are your thoughts on the management of shock and resuscitation in patients with COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


What is recommended regarding the use of personal protective equipment when caring for patients with known or suspected COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians: Expert Panel Series held on April 15, 2020.


COVID-19 Managing Nutrition Support for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients - Held in partnership with ASPEN

This pre-recorded webinar presents an overview of the nutritional management of the critically ill patient with COVID-19 infection and addresses the vital need for nutrition, nutritional requirements, and the appropriate indications and management of enteral and parenteral nutrition in the context of COVID-19 management.


COVID-19 Integrating Critical Care Pharmacists into Safe and Effective Care Delivery in the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

This interactive webinar focused on key elements of critical care pharmacotherapy and pharmacy operations in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.


SCCM Pod-410 COVID-19 Neurologic Manifestations

Review neurologic manifestations of COVID-19 and other severe respiratory viral contagions (Robinson C, et al. Crit Care Explor. 2020;2:e0107).


SCCM Pod-409 SSC COVID-19 Guidelines

Explore the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Alhazzani W, et al. Crit Care Med. 2020 Mar 27; Epub ahead of print) with host Kyle B. Enfield, MD, and authors Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, and Waleed Alhazzani, MD, MSc, FRCPC.


ECMO in COVID-19

This presentation is an overview of using ECMO for COVID -19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


From Retirement to the Frontlines

This presentation describes what it has been like for a retired clinician to come back to work on the frontines during the pandemic. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure

Point of Care (PoC) Refresher Training. While current recommendations for respiratory support in COVID-19 support the use of the high-flow nasal cannula for hypoxia, oxygen supplementation strategies vary by institution. Make sure to follow your institution's protocols.


Society of Critical Care Medicine Crisis Standard of Care Recommendations for Triaging Critical Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of these recommendations is to provide a transparent, equitable, and consistent approach to allocation of scarce resources during a COVID-19-declared emergency in which crisis standards of care have been implemented.


Critical Care Documentation and Billing Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique set of challenges. These challenges have been tempered to some extent by provisions made by the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to assist with the billing and documentation burden.


SCCM Deploys Supplies and Volunteers to Support ICUs in Need

With hospitals in hardest-hit areas clamoring for clinicians, supplies, and equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, SCCM has been working with other nonprofits and corporations to answer the hospitals' call for help. SCCM partnered with Direct Relief to send ICU kits that included more than 86,000 units of essential pharmaceuticals to hospitals in New York and South Dakota.


Clinical Perspectives: The Front Lines

This webinar discusses COVID-19 cases from the front-line at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Recorded on: April 17, 2020


Managing Staff Burnout During a Pandemic

This presentation is an overview of proper staff preparation during a pandemic to help avoid burnout. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Patient & Family Communication

This presentation is an overview of communicating strategies for dealing with COVID-19 patients and their families. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Well Being Through Guided Visualization

This segment offers an opportunity to experience the power of deep relaxation through a guided visualization. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


What are your thoughts on the use of telemedicine?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Question and Answer Webcast Series - Webcast 2 held on April 10, 2020.


What are your thoughts on anticoagulation prophylaxis?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Question and Answer Webcast Series - Webcast 2 held on April 10, 2020.


What are your thoughts on recycling PPE?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Question and Answer Webcast Series - Webcast 2 held on April 10, 2020.


Do ICU patients with COVID-19 require a high amount of sedation or paralysis?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered. This microlearning content was taken from the COVID-19 Question and Answer Webcast Series - Webcast 2 held on April 10, 2020.


Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines (Chinese Translation)

COVID-19 Guideline Resource. SCCM has released its Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 guidelines to manage critically ill adults with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit (ICU).


Pediatric concerns: Symptoms, diagnosis and mortality

This presentation is an overview of symptoms, diagnosis and mortality concerns seen when treating pediatric patients with COVID-19. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Message from the President: COVID-19

Acute inpatient care - and critical care in particular - has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in unprecedented ways. Hospital entry screening, reduction or near-elimination of visitation, universal masks, and concerns regarding the supply of beds, medications, personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and ICU team members are chief among the changes. But these are not the only changes that now characterize our daily work and workflow.


COVID-19 ICU Update on​ Telegram Messenger

This presentation reviews how clinicians are sharing COVID-19 stories and management information through an online communication tool during the pandemic. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


In Time of Plague: Healthcare Literacy During a Pandemic

This presentation is an overview of why health literacy considerations are important when communicating with COVID-19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Non-FDA Approved Respirators

This presentation is an overview of the use of non-FDA approved respirators when treating COVID-19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines: Infection Control & Testing Recommendations Chart

COVID-19 - - Quick Reference Chart. This chart is to be used as a rapid resource regarding infection control and testing when treating COVID-19 patients.


Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines: Ventilation Recommendations Chart

COVID-19 - - Quick Reference Chart. This chart is to be used as a rapid resource when choosing ventilation options for managing COVID-19 patients.


Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines: Hemodynamics Recommendations Chart

COVID-19 - - Quick Reference Chart. This chart is to be used as a rapid resource when choosing hemodynamic options for managing COVID-19 patients.


Nutrition Support for Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19 Disease:​ Top 10 Key Recommendations

This presentation is an overview of proper nutrition recommendations approved by SCCM and ASPEN for COVID-19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Proper Transport of Patients With COVID-19 From Hospital to Hospital

This presentation is an overview of proper transport procedures of COVID-19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


ICU Readiness Assessment: We Are Not Prepared for COVID-19

SCCM COVID-19 Report. Nearly 5,000 U.S. intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians say that their ICUs are not prepared for the potential onslaught of COVID-19 patients. According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) ICU Readiness Assessment Report, their specific concerns range from shortages of supplies and staff, patient surge and overcrowding, and personal protective equipment.


Proper Transport of Patients With COVID-19 Within the Hospital

This presentation is an overview of proper transport procedures of COVID-19 patients. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Nutrition Therapy in the Patient with COVID-19 Disease Requiring ICU Care

Nutrition recommendations for caring for the critically ill patient with COVID-19. Joint Recommendations from SCCM and ASPEN.


Managing Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Extenuating circumstances call for extraordinary coping. During this webcast, James C. Jackson, PsyD, and Megan Hosey, PhD, described common mental health symptoms that clinicians may experience during this crisis.


Consensus Statement on Multiple Patients Per Ventilator

COVID-19 - SCCM Joint Statement. This joint society consensus statement provides advice to clinicians considering placing multiple patients on a single mechanical ventilator.


Initial Management of Hypoxic COVID-19 Patients

COVID-19 SSC Guidelines Infographic. This rapid resource is aligned with the SSC COVID-19 Guidelines.


Management of Patients with COVID-19 and ARDS

COVID-19 SSC Guidelines Infographic. This rapid resource is aligned with the SSC COVID-19 Guidelines.


Lista de Verificacion de Preparacion de la UCI

COVID-19 Checklist (Spanish Version). This checklist can be used to help prepare your institution during the COVID-19 surge.


ICU Preparedness Checklist

COVID-19 Checklist. This checklist can be used to help prepare your institution during the COVID-19 surge.


SCCM-ASA Joint Statement to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 - SCCM Joint Statement. 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.


Joint Statement of the Critical Care Society Collaborative to the US Congress and the Trump Administration

COVID-19 - SCCM Joint Statement. Production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and life-saving equipment.


Renal Issues Related to COVID-19

This is presentation covers the renal issues that can attributed to COVID-19 infection. This is SCCM curated COVID-19 microlearning content.


Scaled Pandemic Preparedness: From Large Medical Center to Community Hospital - What Do You Need To Do?

The webcast covered how to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, with lessons learned from hospitals in the Houston area that already established special isolation units.


How is ECMO being used in patients with COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


Do you have any comments on airway management, instrumentation, or intubation protocols?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What are the recommendations for proning in patients with COVID-19 and how early should proning be instituted?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What are the limits of PEEP and plateau pressure?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What are your thoughts about using glucocorticoids in patients with severe ARDS secondary to COVID-19 who remain intubated after 7 days?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What is the role of antibody testing, and what is the PCR turnaround time, and the sensitivity and specificity?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What are your experiences with triaging patients in the ICU at your institution?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What is the current evidence for PPE recommendations and what are some of the conservation strategies being used?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


Despite limited experience, have you seen a pattern of cardiac injury and sudden cardiac decompensation in patients with COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


What is the isolation protocol when patients test negative for COVID-19?

Questions from social media, blogs and the various discussion forums, including the new SCCM COVID-19 Discussion Group, were answered.


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.


Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines: Therapy Recommendation Chart

COVID-19 - - Quick Reference Chart. This chart is to be used as a rapid resource when choosing therapeutic options for treating COVID-19 patients.


Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Webcast participants were able to learn more about the recommendations included in the guidelines regarding infection control, laboratory diagnosis and specimens, hemodynamic support, ventilatory support


ICU Readiness Assessment: We Are Not Prepared for COVID-19

Nearly 5,000 U.S. intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians say that their ICUs are not prepared for the potential onslaught of COVID-19 patients. According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Readiness Assessment, their specific concerns range from shortages of supplies and staff, patient surge and overcrowding, and personal protective equipment.


Critical Care Physician Tapped to Lead COVID-19 Testing Efforts

Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, a prominent critical care physician who has a long history of membership and involvement with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), has been tapped to lead one of the most important missions in the government's COVID-19 response.


SCCM Member Provides Remote Disaster Response to Italy

SCCM Member and disaster management expert Marie R. Baldisseri, MD, MPH, FCCM, is helping Italy remotely with their COVID-19 response plans. Dr. Baldisseri shares her knowledge about the situation in Italy and talks about what drives her to respond in times of crisis. 


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.


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.


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 Guidelines

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) has released Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Critical Care for Non-ICU Clinicians

Free COVID-19 educational programs and webcasts for clinicains that may need additional critical care training. 


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.


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 compare these features with patients with severe acute respiratory infection due to other etiologies.


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.


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, treatment, and infection-control measures.
  • Describe the clinical presentation of other potential emerging diseases and the related diagnostic tests, treatment, and infection-control measures.


Lessons learned: Protection of healthcare workers from infectious disease risks

This Critical Care Medicine article summarizes current concepts on preventing occupationally acquired infections in healthcare workers.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: Knowledge to Date

This Critical Care Medicine article provides a conceptual and clinical review of Middle East respiratory syndrome.
(Crit Care Med 2015; 43:1283-1290)


Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS): A critical care perspective

This Critical Care Medicine article aims to review the epidemiology, clinical features, etiology, diagnosis, and management of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from a critical care perspective.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome and critical care medicine: The Toronto experience

The 2003 global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) provided numerous challenges to the delivery of critical care. The Toronto critical care community has learned important lessons from SARS, which will help in preparation for future disease outbreaks.(Crit Care Med 2005; 33[Suppl.]:S53–S60)


Ethics of Outbreaks Position Statement

Outbreaks of disease, especially those that are declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, present substantial ethical challenges. Here we start a discourse (with a continuation of the dialogue in Ethics of Outbreaks Position Statement.


Caring for Critically Ill Patients with Novel Coronavirus

Concern over the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is growing. It is vital that those on the frontlines be prepared. This article highlights several strategic goals and special considerations related to caring for a critically ill patient who can transmit a deadly disease to you, your staff, or others in your hospital.


What Do I Need to Know About Rationing in the ICU?

This is a complimentary chapter from the textbook, Critical Care Ethics: A Practice Guide, Third Edition, titled, "What Do I Need to Know About Rationing in the ICU?"


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.


SCCM Pod-108 Discussion of H1N1 Influenza - Part III

Naomi O'Grady, MD clarifies the strain of the current virus, discusses the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic, and outlines the prescription therapies available specific to H1N1 Influenza.


SCCM Pod-106 Discussion of H1N1 Influenza - Part I

Randy S. Wax, MD, discusses the current outbreak of H1N1 Influenza, the triage protocol for critical care during an influenza epidemic, the public's role in taking necessary precautions, and educational resources that are available.


SCCM Pod-107 Discussion of H1N1 Influenza - Part II

John H. Beigel, MD, clarifies the definition of influenza and discusses the evolution of viruses, speculation on the mode of transmission and the role of vaccines and therapies as they relate to H1N1 Influenza.


SCCM Pod-29 CCM: Rationing in the ICU

Robert Truog, MD, discusses his article in the April 2006 issue of Critical Care Medicine, "Rationing in the Intensive Care Unit."


SCCM Pod-200 PCCM: Mechanical Ventilation Use in Children with 2009 H1N1 Versus Seasonal Influenza

Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, speaks with Carl O. Eriksson, MD, MPH, lead author on an article published in the November Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-325 Pediatric Triage in a Severe Pandemic

Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Christine Gall, DrPH, about the article, “Pediatric Triage in a Severe Pandemic: Maximizing Survival by Establishing Triage Thresholds,” published in the September 2016 issue of Critical Care Medicine.


Crisis Management

SCCM assists the critical care community during disasters and emergencies by providing resources and updates.


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