Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Critical Illness-Related Corticosteroid Insufficiency (CIRCI) in Critically Ill Patients (Part II): Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) 2017

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This part II of the guidelines for the diagnosis and management of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI) in critically ill patients is related to acute illnesses that may be complicated by CIRCI. We followed strictly the same methodology as for part I (Supplemental Digital Content 1,, which summarized the guidelines related to CIRCI and sepsis/septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and major trauma. PICOM questions were developed a priori for community-acquired pneumonia, influenza, meningitis, and non-septic systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) that may be associated with shock, namely burns, cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. For all these conditions, we formulated statements for or against the use of exogenous corticosteroids. Recommendations and their strength required the agreement of at least 80% of the task force members. During the editorial process, discussions about the burn condition resulted in the compromise of this question being left out and reconsidered in the next update of these guidelines.
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