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This brief commentary outlines the critical role of an intermediate care unit (IMCU) while preparing for the upcoming cold and flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outlining their experience during the first wave of COVID-19 in Spain, the authors discuss set-up of their IMCUs staffed by multidisciplinary teams equipped in providing invasive ventilation to patients along with careful monitoring of those with clinical worsening. They believe that their carefully planned and executed IMCU improved mortality and offloaded work from the ICU.
Increasing IMCU access across all healthcare systems in coordination with intensive care appears to be of tremendous value in preparation for the fall and winter of 2020/2021.
– Kolene E. Bailey, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
According to the recent publications of Sauro et al (1) and Co and Hyzy (2) in Critical Care Medicine, a crucial moment in the care of severely ill patients is the transi-tion from the ICUs to ordinary hospitalization wards, as signifi-cant complications are still frequent. This has become apparent as ICUs have become overwhelmed during the severe acute res-piratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic. In this setting, we believe that intermediate care units (IMCUs) might play a sig-nificant role in a safer transition of patients to ordinary ward.