ASTMH Annual Meeting 2021blog
Building Capacity and Refining Algorithms for Critical Care in LMICs
By: Aislinn Mcmillan, Ba, Md Candidate 2022, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
At TropMed20, researchers drew attention to how many international treatment guidelines are derived from evidence in high-income countries (HICs) and may not translate to the challenges of resource-constrained settings. Shevin Jacob of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine cited a disparity in the number of African hospitals equipped to implement one sepsis campaign’s guidelines compared to hospitals in HICs: 1.4% vs. 81%.
Building healthcare capacity to care for critically ill patients is especially salient right now during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and this session provided an interdisciplinary symposium which highlighted important evidence-based findings to guide clinical decision-making in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Moreover, speakers shared insight into opportunities to improve global critical care in areas such as protocolized care and task shifting and affordable technology
More information: https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/9181/session/61
Aislinn McMillan is a 2019 ASTMH Kean Fellow. She is currently a third year medical student at University of California San Diego.
By: Rebecca Mandt, Phd Candidate, Harvard University
By: Maria Luísa Simões, Phd, Johns Hopkins University