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Critical Care

Contribute to the next guideline on critical care—submit a topic proposal for a CHEST guideline. Proposals are due Monday, April 8.


Guidelines and expert panel reports

Liberation from Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Adults (January 2017)
CHEST and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) have collaborated to provide guidance to clinicians concerning liberation from mechanical ventilation, including recommendations for inspiratory pressure augmentation during an initial SBT, protocols minimizing sedation, and preventative NIV, in relation to ventilator liberation.

Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Disasters and Pandemics (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.

Clinician tools and materials


CHEST hosts a discussion with the authors upon release of a guideline, to add context and commentary to the issues and challenges facing clinicians.

Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters
D. Kyle Hogarth, MD, FCCP
Participants: Michael D. Christian, MD, FRCPC, FCCP; Niranjan Kissoon, MBBS, FRCPC; Christian E. Sandrock, MD, MPH, FCCP