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Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Hypoxic COVID-19 Patients (SCCM, 2020)

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Clinical practice guidelines on the management of hypoxic COVID-19 patients have been released by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Hypoxic Patients With COVID-19 If there is an indication for endotracheal intubation, do the following: Perform the intubation. Ensure an airway expert performs the intubation. Use N-95/FFP-2 or equivalent respirator masks and other personal protective equipment and infection control precautions. Minimize staff presence in the room. Consider using videolaryngoscopy if available If endotracheal intubation is not indicated and the patient is tolerating supplemental oxygen, do the following: Closely monitor the patient for worsening. Target peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2) at 92-96%. Ensure appropriate infection control precautions are in place. Do not delay endotracheal intubation should the patient’s condition worsen. If endotracheal intubation is not indicated and the patient is not tole

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