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See evidence-based guidance for caring for critically ill patients during pandemics, as well as methods for liberating patients from mechanical ventilation.

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Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Adults

January 2017

CHEST and the American Thoracic Society have collaborated to provide guidance to clinicians concerning liberation from mechanical ventilation, including recommendations for inspiratory pressure augmentation during an initial spontaneous breathing trial, protocols minimizing sedation, and preventative noninvasive ventilation.

More critical care guidelines


Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters (October 2014)

Natural disasters, industrial accidents, terrorist attacks, and pandemics all have the capacity to result in large numbers of critically ill or injured patients. This CHEST consensus statement series provides suggestions for all of those involved in a disaster or pandemic with multiple critically ill patients, including frontline clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials.


Guideline endorsements and collaborations

CHEST works with other medical societies and outside organizations to develop and distribute guidelines that align with our topic areas.

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Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock 2021
Society of Critical Care Medicine | November 2021

Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines for the Management of Septic Shock and Sepsis-Associated Organ Dysfunction in Children
Society of Critical Care Medicine | February 2020

Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU
Society of Critical Care Medicine | January 2017

Management of the Potential Organ Donor in the ICU
Society of Critical Care Medicine | June 2015

Developing new critical care guidelines

CHEST develops trustworthy, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of chest disease states with the help of CHEST members, volunteers, leaders, and staff. Help create high-quality, relevant critical care guidelines.