The Internet Book of Critical Care is an online textbook written by Josh Farkas (@PulmCrit), an associate professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Vermont. The book is published by EMCrit. It is a comprehensive chapter on COVID-19.
EMCrit is an American medical collective and publishing group made up of physicians in the field of critical care and emergency medicine. The group publishes a number of digital resources to equip physicians, nurses, paramedics and researchers.
EMCrit was founded in 2009 by Scott Weingart, MD FCCM, an intensivist in New York. He was formerly a fellow with at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The group publishes the Internet Book of Critical Care (IBCC), an online medical textbook focused on topics in critical care medicine written by American physician Josh Farkas, MD, a practicing ICU doctor and attending pulmonologist at the University of Vermont.
In 2020, the IBCC added a chapter with instructions for medical professionals regarding how to treat and combat Coronavirus disease 2019, during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, which was soon included among recommended resources by institutions.
The contents of the book are as follows:
- Signs & symptoms
- Diagnostic approach for admitted patients
Treatment: General protocols
- ED patients getting admitted to the hospital
- Inpatient management of hypoxemic, non-intubated patients
- Intubated patients
Treatment: Specific anti-viral & immunosuppressive therapies
- Immunomodulation: Stages of illness & timing of therapies
- Anti-viral therapies & why they may not work in critical illness
Treatment: Additional issues by organ system
- Renal failure
- ID – Anti-bacterial therapy
- Hematology – Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
- Endocrine – Glycemic control & diabetes
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