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Crisis Management

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

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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.

Mpox

Mpox

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.

Ukraine Response

Ukraine Response

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.

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

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

Acute Flaccid Myelitis

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.

General Emergency Response Resources

General Emergency Response Resources

SCCM offers several always-free educational resources that may be helpful in an emergency response.


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