Guidelines and standards​

Browse below for ICS guidelines and standards written and recognised by UK experts in their respective fields. They are coordinated by our Joint Standards Committee in conjunction with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

New guidance

Guidelines On The Management Of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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:

  • 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.


GPICS can be used as the definitive reference source for planning and delivery of UK Intensive Care Services. Download here:


You can find further  information via the FICM site here .

Manual bolus dose of insulin
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Specific guidelines

Due for review


The guidelines below have been recognised as needing a review by the Joint Standards Committee