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Table 1 Ten critical issues for intensive care medicine

From: Covid-19 in China: ten critical issues for intensive care medicine

 Current situations or problemsSuggestions or solutions
1Severe shortage of critical medical resources including physicians, nurses, and ICU beds in China.Increase financial and staff investment, value the training of intensive care physicians and intensivists, and increase the ratio of ICU beds to hospital beds nationwide.
2The levels of intensive care medicine in different provinces are uneven.Strengthen training to achieve the homogeneity of clinical cognition and management capabilities of intensive care physicians in different provinces.
3To focus medical resources on rescuing large numbers of Covid-19 patients, many non-Covid-19 patients are unable to receive effective treatment.Establish a professional agency for the integration and optimization of the allocation of critical medical resources.
4Medical staffs in Wuhan City from other provinces or cities were unfamiliar with the local conditions and the early phage of rescuing was in unordered states.Set up standardized operating procedures for ensuring the refined risk stratification and subsequent refined management of critically ill patients.
5Lack protection awareness and equipment early, many physicians or nurses were infected by SARS-CoV-2.Strengthen occupational protection training and develop special standardized protection procedures during epidemics.
6The continuous recognition of Covid-19 by Chinese intensive care physicians is a long and deepening process.Develop the ability of intensive care physicians to quickly analyze and respond to a new disease.
7Covid-19 patients usually are complicated with multiple organ failure.More cooperation between intensive care medicine and other disciplines to deal with the rapid development of Covid-19.
8The timing, dose, and duration of many therapies or life support for Covid-19 still remain controversial.More training to improve the research ability of intensive care physicians.
9The published studies mostly are single-centered and retrospective. It is difficult to integrate clinical, basic and public health data.Establish a national special disease database, specimen bank and share research data from different medical centers.
10Critical patients obtain multi-disciplinary expert team consultations through a national video remote consultation platform during Covid-19.Promote ICU informatization construction. The successful experience should be extensively extended to the cure of other critical patients.