The purpose of this guideline is to provide NHS Scotland with advice regarding the clinical management of critically ill patients with COVID-19 infection.
This guideline has been produced for:
- Healthcare practitioners working in critical care environments
- Staff involved in the planning and delivery of critical care services for the Scottish population
This guideline focuses on the clinical management of critically-ill patients with COVID-19 infection. For guidelines detailing the clinical management of all patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection, please see the Scottish Government’s Clinical Advice.
These recommendations have been developed in response to a rapidly changing global pandemic and are based on the currently available evidence and expert opinion, with rapid peer review as assurance. This guidance will be reviewed further as evidence-based care for COVID-19 positive patients becomes more established.
For case definitions please refer to the Health Protection Scotland (HPS) Guidance for Secondary Care.