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With healthcare systems rapidly becoming overwhelmed and occupied by patients during a pandemic, effective and safe care for patients is easily compromised. During the course of the current pandemic, numerous treatment guidelines have been developed and published that have improved care for patients with COVID-19. Certain lessons have only been learned during the course of the outbreak, from which we can learn for future pandemics. This editorial aims to raise awareness about the importance of timely stockpiling of sufficient amounts of personal protection equipment and medications, adequate oxygen supplies, uninterrupted electricity, and fair locally adapted triage strategies.

Original publication




Journal article


British journal of anaesthesia

Publication Date





e97 - e100


Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; Department of Intensive Care, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Electronic address:


Humans, Civil Defense, Triage, Delivery of Health Care, Mass Casualty Incidents, Global Health, Personal Protective Equipment, COVID-19