On behalf of its membership, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has reached out to those affected by the devastating earthquake and avalanche in Nepal, offering our deepest condolences and assistance in response efforts.
The Society maintains a website with various emergency response resources at www.sccm.org/disaster. There is also a thread on the SCCM Disaster eCommunity site specific to the situation in Nepal. This is a great forum for sharing pertinent resources and information.
At this time, there is no call for critical care volunteers, but the Society will continue to communicate with those in the affected region and do everything possible to assist in the effort. To learn more about critical care development in Nepal and ways to donate to relief efforts, please visit www.nccdfnepal.org. To the many SCCM members who have already contacted our headquarters offering to go to Nepal, thank you. And to those that have chosen to assist through other means, your efforts are very much appreciated and admired by your colleagues worldwide.
You are encouraged to listen to the recent iCritical Care podcast centering on post-disaster efforts in Nepal. Donation opportunities are also discussed.
SCCM Pod-272 Tragedy in Nepal: Post-Disaster Efforts, Ways to Help
In this podcast, Margaret Parker, MD, MCCM, speaks with Laura Hawryluck, MD, FRCPC, about Nepal’s critical care infrastructure and how it has been affected by the earthquake. They also discuss the post-disaster efforts and ways the critical care community can help. As noted in the podcast, those interested in contributing to the Nepal Critical Care Development Foundation can find more information at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nepal-icu-care-box. The Society has contributed to the relief efforts in this manner and encourages its members to do likewise as they are inclined and able. For additional information, contact Dr. Hawryluck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Hawryluck works as a critical care physician at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pediatric Universal Life-Saving Effort, a nonprofit organization, is also raising funds for the Nepal relief efforts. Society members are encouraged to donate.