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31 Jan

New resource outlines Strategic Goals when caring for patients with 2019-n-CoV

As at January 30th 2020, 14 countries have confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) while the number of reported cases has almost tripled. 

Caring for Critically Ill Patients with Novel Coronavirus is the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) latest blog article by Dr Lewis Rubinson MD, PhD. Dr Rubinson is an internationally recognised expert in critical care preparedness and response to outbreaks. He highlights several strategic goals and special considerations related to caring for a critically ill patient who can transmit a delay disease to you, your staff or to others in your hospital.

The blog specifically highlights;

Why clinicians should pay attention to infectious disease outbreaks even if they seem small and are in other regions;
Strategic goals for responding to the current 2019-nCoV outbreak;
How to care for a person with a suspected of confirmed 2019-nCoV

Strategic goals covered are;

1. All patients infected with 2019-nCoV must be identified immediately and isolated prior to causing unrecognised, unprotected exposure.
2. Transmission of 2019-nCoV to other patients, visitors and healthcare workers must be never event;
3. Critically ill patients infected with 2019-nCoV mist receive the best possible care without putting healthcare workers at unacceptable risk.

The WFICC continues to monitor reports from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. This news item is part of our commitment to keeping our societies and members of the global intensive and critical care community fully up-to-date as this issue develops. Thank you for remaining diligent and safe as we remain dedicated to our mission of promoting the highest standards of intensive and critical care for all humankind, without discrimination.