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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 14-17

Critical Care Surge Capacity in Saudi Arabia in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

1 Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, College of Medicine, King Saud University; Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh; Adult Critical Care Services, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
2 Deputyship of Curative Services, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University; Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
4 Clinical Excellence Administration and King Fahad Medical City, Second Health Cluster in Central Region, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Intensive Care, King Abdulaziz Medical City, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Zohair A Al Aseri
Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sccj.sccj_51_20

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Preparedness for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) started early in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. In this article, we narratively describe critical care surge planning in Saudi Arabia from an organizational perspective. In Saudi Arabia, the surge capacity response focused on seven domains, critical care surge capacity codes, communications, staff, space structure, supply, and strategies.

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