Configuring ICUs in the COVID-19 Era

The continually changing landscape of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic makes it clear that hospitals and healthcare professionals can no longer rely on their previous approaches to managing their intensive care units (ICUs). The rapid escalation and need for ICU bed capacity, new staffing models incorporating additional staffing, and delivery of acute respiratory support, all in the setting of a highly contagious pathogen with rapidly evolving—and sometimes contradictory—pathophysiologic and therapeutic understandings is quite challenging. The interplay of these domains has been already introduced in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) article “United States Resource Availability for COVID-19.”1 To ensure that the best possible care is delivered to critically ill or injured patients while reducing the risk to healthcare workers (HCWs), hospitals and clinicians must be nimble and able to quickly adjust all aspects of their care models.

configuring ICUs in the COVID-19 Era
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