Managing ICU surge during the COVID-19 crisis: rapid guidelines

Shadman Aziz, Yaseen M. Arabi, Waleed Alhazzani, Laura Evans, Giuseppe Citerio, Katherine Fischkoff, Jorge Salluh, Geert Meyfroidt, Fayez Alshamsi, Simon Oczkowski, Elie Azoulay, Amy Price, Lisa Burry, Amy Dzierba, Andrew Benintende, Jill Morgan, Giacomo Grasselli, Andrew Rhodes, Morten H. Møller, Larry ChuShelly Schwedhelm, John J. Lowe, Du Bin, Michael D. Christian

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Given the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19, clinicians and policy makers require urgent review and summary of the literature, and synthesis of evidence-based guidelines to inform practice. The WHO advocates for rapid reviews in these circumstances. The purpose of this rapid guideline is to provide recommendations on the organizational management of intensive care units caring for patients with COVID-19 including: planning a crisis surge response; crisis surge response strategies; triage, supporting families, and staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1325
Number of pages23
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Critical care
  • Guideline
  • Pandemics
  • Surge capacity
  • Triage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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