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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 emergency 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 is monitoring the effects of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Türkiye and Syria and is poised to offer as much support as possible. SCCM offers these free resources to help during natural disasters.
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.
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.
SCCM is providing 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.
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.
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 offers several always-free educational resources that may be helpful in an emergency response.
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