Recommendations of the Working Groups from the Spanish Society of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) for the management of adult critically ill patients in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Med Intensiva (Engl Ed). 2020 Aug-Sep;44(6):371-388. doi: 10.1016/j.medin.2020.04.001. Epub 2020 Apr 8.
[Article in English, Spanish]


On March 11, 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) as a pandemic. The spread and evolution of the pandemic is overwhelming the healthcare systems of dozens of countries and has led to a myriad of opinion papers, contingency plans, case series and emerging trials. Covering all this literature is complex. Briefly and synthetically, in line with the previous recommendations of the Working Groups, the Spanish Society of Intensive, Critical Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) has prepared this series of basic recommendations for patient care in the context of the pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Critical patient; Intensive care unit; Paciente crítico; Recomendaciones; Recommendations; Unidad de cuidados intensivos.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Critical Care / methods
  • Critical Care / standards*
  • Critical Illness / epidemiology
  • Critical Illness / therapy
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Societies, Medical*
  • Spain / epidemiology