COVID-19 Resources for Hospitals & Clinicians
We are pleased to provide COVID-19 resources to hospital administrators, physicians and medical educators. Thank you to Douglas White, MD, MAS, who has gladly made available the “Model Hospital Policy for Allocating Scarce Critical Care Resources.” Thanks also for the collaborative efforts of second-year fellows Joe Nobile, MD and Kathy Wunderle, MD, with guidance from Jason Moore, MD, MS, in the Office of Education, for the adapted version of our UPMC Critical Care resident online curriculum.
Model Hospital Policy for Allocating Scarce Critical Care Resources
To assist hospitals and health systems to implement a fair and transparent approach to allocating scarce critical care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a model hospital policy that hospitals can download and adapt for their needs. In light of the large disparities in COVID-19 outcomes among disadvantaged groups, the policy was revised on April 9, 2021 to contain two additional strategies to promote equity. For more detail on the ethics and rationale for the policy, see Dr. White’s paper “Mitigating Inequities and Saving Lives with ICU Triage during the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Click here to read more about the model hospital policy including the important features.
A MODEL HOSPITAL POLICY FOR FAIR ALLOCATION OF MEDICATIONS TO TREAT COVID-19
To assist hospitals and health systems to implement a transparent and fair approach to allocate scarce medications to treat patients with COVID-19, we have created a model hospital policy and allocation framework. Hospitals and health systems are welcome to adapt the policy for their specific needs. Click here to download a PDF version of the Model Hospital Policy for Fair Allocation of Medications to Treat COVID-19.
UPMC Critical Care Basics: An Education Tool for Non-Intensivists
With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some healthcare providers have been asked to care for critically ill patients but may be unfamiliar with certain important critical care practices. This adapted version of our UPMC Critical Care Resident Online Curriculum features short video content for clinical treatment for respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, ARDS and shock. The content is generally applicable to all critical care patients and we have noted where the approach might differ for COVID-19 patients.
Thank you for all of your hard work during this difficult time; we hope you find this content helpful. For questions about the curriculum, please email CCMcomm [at] upmc.edu (subject: Curriculum) .