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Revista médica de Chile

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ANDRESEN, Max et al. Expanding ICU facilities in a pandemic scenario. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.5, pp.674-683. ISSN 0034-9887.

Our country is suffering the effects of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Because the vulnerability of healthcare systems, especially the intensive care areas they can rapidly be overloaded. That challenge the ICUs simultaneously on multiple fronts making urgent to increase the number of beds, without lowering the standards of care. The purpose of this article is to discuss some aspects of the national situation and to provide recommendations on the organizational management of intensive care units such as isolation protocols, surge in ICU bed capacity, ensure adequate supplies, protect and train healthcare workers maintaining quality clinical management.

Keywords : Intensive Care Units; Respiratory Distress Syndrome; SARS Virus.

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