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Prolonged Intubation and Tracheostomy in COVID-19 Survivors

2020 24 Nov

Consequences and Recovery of Laryngeal Function Intubation and tracheostomy as a result of COVID-19 critical illness may result in laryngeal dysfunction, which can lead to serious consequences. This article provides assessment and rehabilitation recommendations for those working with critically ill COVID-19 patients in the ICU. Introduction... Read more

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COVID-19, Corticosteroids and the Road to Enlightenment

2020 24 Nov

The use of corticosteroids for respiratory diseases has been a matter of discussion. Here, we present recent evidence of corticosteroids benefits for COVID-19, including improvements in mortality and ventilator-free days. M ore than six months riding treacherous waves in the COVID-19 storm had passed until a glimpse of a rudimentary... Read more

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Infographic

2020 24 Nov

An overview of the Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and the challenges faced by critical care patients post-ICU. Read more

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Treating Early COVID-19 Infection

2020 14 Nov

There have been over 47 million cases of COVID-19 globally and 1.2 million deaths. According to Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the treatment of patients with early COVID-19 infection requires urgent focus. Treating these patients early in the course of infection could help speed up their... Read more

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Life After COVID-19 Hospitalisation

2020 14 Nov

Findings from a new study show that surviving a case of COVID-19 that is severe enough to require hospitalisation can be quite challenging, but life after the ICU stay is also not a bed of roses.  The study includes data from 1250 patients treated in 38 hospitals. The average age of the participants is 62 years, and 83% of the patients lived at... Read more

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BLAZE Trial: Efficacy and Safety of LY-CoV555

2020 09 Nov

COVID-19 patients can have a wide range of disease severity, with some patients experiencing only mild symptoms while others are infected quite severely. However, approximately 10% of asymptomatic and mild cases lead to severe outcomes, including respiratory distress that would require hospitalisation. Many risk factors for severe disease have been... Read more

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More Than Pathogen Reduction: Seraph 100 In COVID-19 Patients

2020 10 Nov

Panelists: Professor Jan Kielstein  (Klinikum Braunschweig, Germany)  Doctor Julius Schmidt  (Hannover Medical School, Germany)  Doctor Steven Stogner  (Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA)  Doctor Brian Rifkin  (Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA) Find ExThera Medical On Social... Read more

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Ortho’s VITROS® COVID-19 Antigen Test Capable of Accurate Mass-Scale Testing Achieves CE Mark

2020 26 Oct

Ortho’s new SARS-CoV-2 antigen test offers 98.9% concordance to real-time PCR tests, making it a viable alternative suitable for mass-scale testing Ortho’s new SARS-CoV-2 antigen test is the latest addition to the company’s COVID-19 solutions, which include two CE Marked and FDA EUA COVID-19 antibody tests – Total and IgG Ortho Clinical... Read more

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Tocilizumab and COVID-19 Pneumonia

2020 26 Oct

Tocilizumab is a humanised monoclonal antibody that binds human interleukin 6 (IL-6) receptors. It is generally used in inflammatory arthritis, giant cell arteritis and cytokine release syndrome after chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy.   Tocilizumab has come under close scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early observations from China... Read more

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Ventilator Training Alliance app receives awards and surpasses 60,000 downloads

2020 23 Oct

The Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) app released earlier this year by Getinge and other major ventilator manufacturers now surpasses 60,000 downloads and receives innovation awards while continuing to support frontline medical workers during COVID-19. Earlier this year Getinge joined forces together with other ventilator manufacturers... Read more

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Getinge Webinar - Pediatric and neonatal severe COVID-19 cases: the update

2020 29 Oct

Speakers Daniele De Luca MD, PhD - Chief, Division of Pediatrics, Dr. Miray Kärnekull Medical Affairs Director – ACT Dr. Mark Konrad Head of Medical Read more

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Awake Prone Positioning and Risk of Intubation in COVID-19

2020 19 Oct

Many COVID-19 patients develop severe bilateral viral pneumonia, which evolves into acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARD). High-flow nasal oxygen therapy (HFNO) has been shown to be effective in decreasing the need for endotracheal intubation with patients with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure (ARF). However, in patients with COVID-19, the recommendation... Read more

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Do We Need to Diagnose ARDS?

2020 19 Oct

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the clinical expression of acute, non-haemodynamic lung oedema. It is typically diagnosed by hypoxaemia, and bilateral lung infiltrates in the absence of increased capillary hydrostatic pressure. ARDS represents nearly a quarter of the ICU patients who require mechanical ventilation. There is significant... Read more

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COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Stewardship

2020 19 Oct

COVID-19 is a new disease. On initial presentation, clinicians can find it difficult to differentiate between coronavirus disease and bacterial community-acquired pneumonia. COVID-19 patients often develop a hyperinflammatory phase during the disease process, which could again be difficult to distinguish from a secondary bacterial infection. That is... Read more

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Increasing Efficiency Without Affecting Patient Outcomes

2020 11 Oct

The economic and clinical fragilities of healthcare systems around the globe have never been more visible than during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the importance of resource allocation has been at the forefront. Weighing safety against costs when dealing with critically ill patients has been a source of dilemma for many healthcare professionals. ... Read more

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Lung Histopathology: COVID-19 Compared to SARS, H1N1

2020 09 Oct

The coronavirus disease has spread throughout the world and has resulted in many challenges for healthcare systems. It is a new disease with a significant burden of respiratory failure. This has led to questions about the pathogenesis and pulmonary pathology of COVID-19.   Patients with severe COVID-19 have respiratory failure with hypoxaemia,... Read more

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Atrial Fibrillation and Sepsis: A Life-Threatening Combination

2020 08 Oct

Almost half of the patients with sepsis suffer from myocardial depression and a reduced ejection fraction. Sepsis can also cause changes in circulating volume, vascular tone, and coronary blood flow, all of which affect heart function and heart rate. Serum catecholamine levels and direct measurements of renal sympathetic nerve activity have shown that... Read more

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Better Planning of COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

2020 02 Oct

The world is desperate for a reliable vaccine against COVID-19. However, the pressure for such rapid introduction could lead to deployment of a vaccine that may be weakly effective.   In order to avoid this from happening, three issues must be considered when planning COVID-19 vaccine trials. These include proof of vaccine efficacy and worthwhile... Read more

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COVID-19: Still Poorly Understood

2020 02 Oct

During the first few months of the coronavirus disease, it was being suggested that severe COVID-19 may represent a hyperimmune disorder, similar to secondary haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (sHLH) and macrophage activation syndrome (MAS). Cytokine storm, elevated plasma levels, ferritin and inflammatory biomarkers are all typical signs of sHLH/MAS.... Read more