June 15, 2022

Intensive Care Bites

An ESICM Talk powered by the ICM Journal & the NEXT Committee


The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), initiated a study to describe the extent of the COVID-19 ICU surge worldwide and the clinical characteristics, management, and outcomes of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Additionally, the goal was to study the impact of critically ill COVID-19 patients admitted to a surge capacity bed on the treatment and outcomes.

The study hypothesised that admission to surge capacity beds increased mortality compared to standard ICU beds and that need for early invasive mechanical ventilation was associated with higher mortality.

We have gone through the main findings of this comprehensive study with Prof Jan De Waele.

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