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Volume 20 - Issue 2, 2020

2020 11 Aug

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Is the Severe COVID-19 Over in Europe?

2020 11 Aug

Is the worst over? Have patients most at risk already been affected and died? Or has the SAR-CoV-2 virus mutated to a less severe form? Where exactly do we stand with COVID-19? U ndoubtedly, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a terrible experience - worse than expected for many worldwide. As we follow the COVID-19 situation, there is a tendency... Read more

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Keeping Best Practices in Critical Care During COVID-19

2020 11 Aug

COVID-19 poses several challenges and has made it difficult to measure ICU performance. Sticking to evidence-based interventions can go a long way in improving outcomes and resource utilisation. How it Started Taking care of a COVID-19 patient comes with an initial surprise: there is no standard mindset to guide the physician’s... Read more

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Is COVID-19 the Black Swan?

2020 11 Aug

Nassim Taleb, in his book, "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable," describes the term Black Swan as a rare, unknown event, which with hindsight is rationalised. Taleb talks about the human tendency to always find simplistic explanations for unknown events, what he calls the Black Swan theory. Is COVID-19 a black swan?... Read more

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COVID-19 Global Response – Strengths, Weaknesses, Success and Failure

2020 11 Aug

An overview of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic – the success of South Korea, the so-called herd-immunity experiment of Sweden and the not-so-brilliant COVID-19 management in the U.K. and the U.S. South Korea's Successful Three-Phased Response to COVID-19 COVID-19 has created havoc around the globe. Some countries have... Read more

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COVID-19 and the Potential Effects on the Cardiovascular System

2020 11 Aug

COVID-19 affects the myocardium and myocarditis and cardiac injury is a common condition among hospitalised patients. Landiolol, a new ultra-short acting, intravenous most  β 1 selective blocker, can help reduce inflammation and provide therapeutic benefits. Influenza, bacterial pneumonias, respiratory infections and viruses... Read more

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Getinge webinar

2020 13 Aug

COVID-19 Case presentations - Ventilatory Management and Hemodynamic Monitoring in an ECLS/ECMO Center Time: 8:00 AM EDT, 12:00 PM UTC, 2:00 PM CEST, 3:00 PM EEST Duration: 90 minutes Speakers: Prof. Dr. Philipp Lepper Saarland University Hospital in Homburg, Germany Philipp M. Lepper is Associate Professor at the University... Read more

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COVID-19: Molecular Mechanisms of Gender Differences

2020 30 Jul

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths around the globe. An important thing to note is that more men have died from COVID-19 than women. A European study shows that men had a slightly higher incidence of COVID-19 with no respiratory distress compared to women. Still, more males with COVID-19 developed severe respiratory... Read more

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Epidemic Preparedness and Rapid Identification of Pathogens

2020 30 Jul

In recent years, infectious disease outbreaks have occurred with increasing frequency. Even though significant progress has been made to identify potentially dangerous pathogens, a lot still needs to be done. In particular,  diagnostics can play an important role in controlling epidemics.  There is a need to develop and deploy diagnostics that... Read more

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COVID-19: Hydroxychloroquine With or Without Azithromycin

2020 28 Jul

Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin have been used to treat COVID-19 patients, but there is very little evidence with respect to the safety and efficacy of this treatment strategy. Hydroxychloroquine has antiviral effects, and combined with azithromycin, it was believed that it could decrease SARS-CoV-2 viral load (based on results from a small,... Read more

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Masimo Expands the Masimo SafetyNet™️ Solution with Continuous Body Temperature Measurement

2020 27 Jul

The Radius Tº™ Wearable Temperature Sensor Automates Remote Monitoring of Patient Temperature Status Masimo  today announced a significant expansion to the Masimo SafetyNet™ platform with the introduction of Radius Tº™, a wearable, wireless sensor that provides continuous body temperature measurements. By augmenting the already powerful Masimo... Read more

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COVID-19: Neurological Associations

2020 20 Jul

The most common manifestation of COVID-19 has been respiratory illness with a growing recognition of neurological sequelae. In this recent review, researchers take into consideration the neurological features of COVID-19 and summarise the evidence available to suggest an investigation framework to guide future studies. Before COVID-19, there were... Read more

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The Landscape of COVID-19 Clinical Trials

2020 18 Jul

Introduction In an effort to gather evidence through scientifically rigorous trials to guide optimal management of COVID-19, researchers in the US have started multiple parallel clinical trials. In this systematic review, the researchers evaluate the characteristics and issues surrounding simultaneous trials being conducted.   Methods This... Read more

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Moral Injury: The Invisible Epidemic

2020 08 Jul

The world has seen the loss of many healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Many have succumbed to the virus, but some have taken their own lives amid all this misery. As trauma and grief continue to plague healthcare workers, it is time to take a look at the invisible epidemic: moral injury.   All across the globe, healthcare workers are... Read more

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Hospital Preparedness During COVID-19

2020 08 Jul

One of the biggest challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the delivery of mass critical care. SARS-CoV-2 has put a significant strain on intensive care in most countries across the globe. This has become even more of a challenge because of a lack of staff and essential supplies. It is evident that in order to better cope with such a challenging... Read more

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Getinge Receives 510(k) Clearance From US FDA For The Servo-air® Mechanical Ventilator

2020 07 Jul

Getinge has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s Servo-air® mechanical ventilator, which is part of the Servo family that supports intensive care ventilation ever since the first model was introduced in 1971. "We are happy to be able to help clinicians in their endeavor to save lives by adding... Read more

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What is the Relevance of Cytokine Storm to COVID-19?

2020 05 Jul

COVID-19, in its most severe form, leads to life-threatening pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). In patients with this severity of the coronavirus, mortality rate can approach 40 to 50%.    The mechanism of COVID-19 induced lung injury is still vague, but the term cytokine storm is being used quite frequently in scientific publications... Read more

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Prone Positioning in Non-Intubated COVID-19 Patients

2020 25 Jun

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented stress on health care institutions everywhere. Among other interventions, researchers and physicians have been trying to reevaluate the use of mechanical ventilation. The rise of social media has accelerated the spread of biased information about therapies that have not been peer-reviewed and have little... Read more

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COVID-19: Therapies Targeting Interleukin-6-Mediated Cytokine Release Syndrome

2020 25 Jun

The current pandemic will be remembered for a long time for the huge loss of lives and disruption it caused to the way of life as we know it. In the absence of a viable vaccine, physical distancing and symptomatic management are the only interventions health care providers have at hand.  Studies have demonstrated the association of interleukin-6... Read more

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COVID-19: Vascular Endothelium and Organ Dysfunction

2020 25 Jun

The effect of COVID-19 on endothelial cells (ECs) is emerging to be an important area of research for the effective management of severely ill patients. In the early phase of the pandemic, there was little attention paid to this effect and how it mediates organ dysfunction and even failure in extreme cases.     The endothelium has several critical... Read more