Apr 26, 2021

Educational Resources for Redeployment of Surgeons and Anesthesiologists to ICUs


Dear Colleagues,

As Ontario’s healthcare system is confronted by the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for physicians to assist with team-based patient care in the ICUs is increasing. To support the redeployment of anesthesiologists and surgeons to the ICUs, we want to highlight educational resources that can refresh our knowledge about managing ICU patients and showcase approaches to care that can be utilized. Our success managing this pandemic has, and will continue to be, by working together as a cohesive team. We appreciate your commitment to our colleagues, our patients and our communities by standing ready to provide whatever assistance you can deliver.

The information presented below resulted from an educational session held on Thursday, April 22, 2021. We sincerely thank the three speakers, Drs. Laurent Brochard, Keyvan Karkouti and Brian Cuthbertson and the co-host Dr. Ronald Levine for their outstanding contributions.


Beverley A. Orser, MD, Ph.D., FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC
Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

James T. Rutka, OC, O Ont, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FRSC, FACS, FAANS
RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery



COVID-19 Current and Projected Caseloads in Ontario

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Educational Refresher Tools for Surgeons and Anesthesiologists to work in the ICU

Watch Dr. Brian Cuthbertson, Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, discuss resources that have been developed to support redeployment in ICUs that was developed by the Critical Care Education Pandemic Preparedness Table.

To watch the video, please click the link: Medical Models of Care for Critical Care Medicine in Ontario during a Pandemic

Please visit the Quick ICU Training for COVID-19 website for additional information and resources.