Guidelines for care of critically ill adult patients with COVID-19 in the Americas. Short version, v.2, 29 July 2020
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These clinical practice guidelines (short version) were developed in order to provide recommendations for the management of critically ill adult patients with COVID-19 treated in intensive care units (ICUs). These clinical practice guidelines provide evidence-informed recommendations for identifying markers and mortality risk factors in critically ill patients, as well as infection control, sample collection, supportive care (respiratory and hemodynamic), pharmacological treatment, early rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging use, prevention of complications, and discharge requirements. The recommendations are for all healthcare staff who deal with patients in emergency departments and ICUs. These guidelines are also intended for use by decision-makers and government entities involved in the management of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs in the Region of the Americas.This document is the result of a rapid guideline adaptation process. The information presented reflects published evidence as of the date of inclusion in the document. The recommendations are based on the evidence available and the quality thereof (GRADE methodology) at the time the guidelines were published. However, PAHO recognizes that there are numerous research projects under way and will periodically update these reviews and the applicable recommendations.
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