This section contains the larger, multi-organisation, guidance and frameworks relevant to critical care management including: GPICS, ARDS and maternal critical care.  

These collaborative documents also provide education and information on the topic.

Periodically the Society will post documents here during a consultation phase.

GPICS

GPICS can be used as the definitive reference source for planning and delivery of UK Intensive Care Servic

ARDS

ICS/FICM Guideline Development Group have used GRADE methodology to make the following recommendations for the management of adult patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).The British Thoracic Society supports the recommendations in this guideline.

Appendix A - PRISMA Diagrams
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Devastating Brain Injury

Twelve practical, pragmatic recommendations to help clinicians deliver safe, effective, equitable and justifiable care to patients with perceived devastating brain injury:


Guidance and documentation on diagnosing death using neurological criteria.

Joint guidance from the ICS, FICM and NHS Blood and Transplant

The care of the critically ill woman in childbirth


The care of the critically ill woman in childbirth; enhanced maternal care 2018 summarises recommendations relevant to the care of pregnant or recently pregnant, acutely or chronically unwell women, who require acute hospital maternity and critical care specialist services. The development of this document has been led by the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA). It is published jointly by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Intensive Care Society (ICS), Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and OAA.

This document replaces the former Joint Standing Committee 2011 standards providing equity of critical and maternity care for the critically-ill pregnant or recently pregnant woman document.

Eye Care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

This document aims to provide advice and information for clinical staff who are involved in eye care in the ICU.

Clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH)

This guidance covers decisions to start, re-start, continue, or stop clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration guidance (CANH) for adults in England and Wales who lack the capacity to make the decision for themselves.
Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration

Critical Care Networks MOU - capacity and immediate life preserving interventions

Principles for the repatriation of critically ill patients from international hospitals to UK critical care units