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Level 1 = This fundamental material is intended for a broad audience of learners, of multiple cadres, who may provide care for patients with severe or critical illness, but may have little or no experience caring for severe or critically-ill patients and are usually not the primary decision maker for guiding care.

Level 2 = This intermediate material is intended for a more advanced audience of learners than level 1, with some experience caring for patients with severe or critical illness, and may not be essential for all practitioners who provide this level of care.

Level 3 = This advanced material is intended for an audience with significant experience caring for patients with severe and critical illness, including those who guide care decisions these patients.

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Critical illness is common, and the majority of critically ill patients are cared for outside intensive care units in emergency departments and general hospital wards. Essential Emergency and Critical Care (EECC) has been defined as the care that all critically ill patients should receive in all wards and units in all hospitals in the world.


The focus of this study was to specify the content of Essential Emergency Critical Care (EECC) for critically ill patients with COVID-19 due to the surge of critical illness in the current pandemic.


This article discusses the need for essential care. Much of the attention is directed towards expensive, high-tech equipment while neglecting low-cost essential care. This paper recommends the policy focus should be on "basic, effective actions with potential population impact".


This paper discusses the need for essential emergency and critical care (EECC) for all critically ill patients. It is intended for patients irrespective of age, gender, underlying diagnosis, medical specialty, or location in the hospital.


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