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COVID-19 Resources

A selection of important resources have been translated into the Portuguese language which includes SCCM Resources for the Non-ICU Clinician and also COVID-19 resources and video presentations. There are some further videos which you can access Curso Assistencia and Curso Macov. The WFICC expresses its appreciation to Dr Leandro Braz de Carvalho for his assistance in making these resources available to Portuguese-speaking colleagues around the world.

The World Health Organisation has recently published updated guidance on the use of masks (Coronavirus - COVID-19 - Update No.30)

COVID-19 CHARITY COMIC. "No Panicovid" is a comic book series designed to help patients and family members overcome the panic and emotional imbalance associated with COVID-19. The content is designed to aid the understanding of behaviours associated with Coronavirus hospitalization and tools to mitigate against the anxiety caused by such a situation. Various language versions are available to download.

COVID-19 TREATMENT GUIDELINES from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS). These are written from the intensive care perspective and may be of assistance in the development of local management strategies;

COVID-19 TREATMENT GUIDELINES  from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in the USA and include input from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

COVID-19 TREATMENT GUIDELINES from the Colegio Mexicano de Medicina Crîtica are available in the Spanish language. You can also view PART 2 of the guidelines.

WFICC Council member Dr José Elizalde has contributed an EDITORIAL and also a paper SARS-CoV-2 and COVID19 - A pandemic review. Dr Elizalde has contributed a further Editorial on COVID-19 - Unanswered questions

COVID-19 Virology and Pathophysiology is a presentation developed by WFICC Secretary-General Dr Jorge Hidalgo. He has shared the presentation here as a training resource for our society members but it is also freely accessible to all.

The Associaçâo de Medicina Intensiva Brasileira (AMIB) has published an extensive range of COVID-19 recommendations in the Portuguese language. There are specific recommendations covering;
Pharmacological treatment options
The approach to COVID-19
Pneumonia and acute respiratory failure
Sanitary control
Dental care
Emotional team well-being

Resources are available with guidance on CRITICAL CARE for the NON-ICU CLINICIAN;
Critical Care for the Non-ICU Clinician is free online training from the Society of Critical Care Medicine;
Basics of Respiratory Failure is an educational resource provided by the American Thoracic Society (ATS):
Troubleshooting Problems in the Ventilated Patient is an educational resource provided by the American Thoracic Society (ATS);
Ventilators for Non-Intensivists : Basic Modes and Breath Types is a video from the ATS

Caring for COVID-19 patients on Peritoneal Dialysis was a free webinar on April 23rd jointly hosted by the International Society of Nephrology and International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. If you missed the live event, just click the link view  a recorded version.

N95 Mask Decontamination is a pre-publication paper with information that may of value in resource-limited settings. The paper includes the finding that "both VHP and autoclaving can be used to decontaminate N95 masks through multiple cycles without any loss of filtering function". One of the study authors has also produced a short video on the practical aspects of autoclaving.

Why Triage? A battle plan for COVID-19 is a presentation by Dr Mike Christian from the Task Force on Mass Critical Care. Dr Christian provides a brief overview regarding "why triage?" and outlines a battle plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of avoiding triage if at all possible.

Essential care of critically ill COVID-19 patients was highlighted in recent correspondence published in the Lancet (April 2020).

INTERIM CLINICAL GUIDANCE has been developed by a Task Force in Belgium and was published on March 16th.

The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) has recently shared some experience and guidance from colleagues in Northern Italy. ESICM also hosted a series of webinars:
February 26th with First hand experience of the situation in China;
March 9th about Managing critically ill patients with the virus;
March 16th on National Co-ordination and Experience in Italy.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has produced a range of Emergency Resources: COVID-19. These resources now include free online training on Critical Care for the Non-ICU Clinician

The Sociedad Portuguesa de Cuidados Intensivos (SPCI) has published recommendations in the Portuguese language.

The AMA COVID-19 Resource Centre  provides evidence-based perspectives on how physicians can prepare themselves and their practices for a potential pandemic scenario.

The World Health Organisation website has resources you can access.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention provides updated information as it becomes available.WFICC intends to keep fully up-to-date as the COVID-19 issue develops and will communicate with our society members in the global intensive and critical care community.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a free to access online learning activity with a clinical overview and patient care guidance.