"Do not do" recommendations of the working groups of the Spanish Society of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) for the management of critically ill patients

Med Intensiva (Engl Ed). 2018 Oct;42(7):425-443. doi: 10.1016/j.medin.2018.04.001. Epub 2018 May 20.
[Article in English, Spanish]


The project "Commitment to Quality of Scientific Societies", promoted since 2013 by the Spanish Ministry of Health, seeks to reduce unnecessary health interventions that have not proven effective, have little or doubtful effectiveness, or are not cost-effective. The objective is to establish the "do not do" recommendations for the management of critically ill patients. A panel of experts from the 13 working groups (WGs) of the Spanish Society of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) was selected and nominated by virtue of clinical expertise and/or scientific experience to carry out the recommendations. Available scientific literature in the management of adult critically ill patients from 2000 to 2017 was extracted. The clinical evidence was discussed and summarized by the experts in the course of consensus finding of each WG, and was finally approved by the WGs after an extensive internal review process carried out during the first semester of 2017. A total of 65 recommendations were developed, of which 5 corresponded to each of the 13 WGs. These recommendations are based on the opinion of experts and scientific knowledge, and aim to reduce those treatments or procedures that do not add value to the care process; avoid the exposure of critical patients to potential risks; and improve the adequacy of health resources.

Keywords: Critical patient; Estandarización; Intensive Care Unit; Paciente crítico; Recomendaciones; Recommendations; Standardization; Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Contraindications, Drug
  • Contraindications, Procedure
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Critical Care / methods
  • Critical Care / standards*
  • Critical Illness*
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Support
  • Palliative Care / standards
  • Patient Rights
  • Technology, High-Cost
  • Terminal Care / standards
  • Unnecessary Procedures