Lockdown is a drastic solution to limit the impact of COVID-19 and has many costs, as this long read explains.
Steroids could do more harm than good in patients with milder cases of COVID-19.
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Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?
In the event COVID-19 sees ICU resources stretched too thin, Victoria doesn't have clear, uniform or transparent guidelines outlining who should be prioritised for care.
Studies like this are important because they help gather data from an African perspective.
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A bioethicist argues that the problem of health disparities existed long before COVID-19 struck with a vengeance in marginalized communities.
Geoffrey McKillop (front) with his partner Nicola Dallet McConaghie as they left the hospital where he was discharged after surviving coronavirus.
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Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.
During the pandemic, hospital areas designated for COVID-19 patients are called ‘hot zones.’
The only chaplain in the COVID-19 section of a Montréal hospital offers spiritual care to patients and families, as well to staff, who have found themselves more intimately exposed to life and death.
A recent study suggested the coronavirus could spread up to four metres. But the evidence isn't strong enough to suggest we should change social distancing advice from 1.5 metres.
It's time to talk to your loved ones about what care and treatment you'd want if you face death from COVID-19.
The fundamental ethos of the NHS is egalitarian.
Mechanical ventilators are often used in life and death situations, treating patients with pneumonia, brain injury and stroke. One mechanical ventilator can cost up to A$82,000.
Rather than basing decisions about ICU access on age, clinicians need to consider the potential benefits and burdens of treatments proposed for every patient.
Over the past week, we've seen about 350 new cases per day. If this rate continues, Australia’s current ICU system will be able to cope.
In the most severe cases, COVID-19 patients need oxygen pumped directly into their airways, or even be hooked up to a machine that does the job of their heart and lungs.
How do we develop new drugs quickly yet safely? How prepared are we to give up some personal freedoms? And how do we allocate scarce resources? These are just some of the tough questions we face.
The technology and rapid pace of critical care in hospital can often erase the patient experience. Opportunities for patient storytelling can transform health care.
When patients, doctors and nurses have the opportunity to share their experiences of hospital intensive care, the resulting dialogue can be transformative.
We require the largest amount of health-care dollars in the last 30 days of our life.
On the eve of a federal budget looking for savings, I would like to report a medical intervention that reduces suffering, can prolong life and dramatically reduces health-care costs. The intervention itself…
Almost 70% of Australians will die in acute care hospitals – the same propportion that wants to die in their homes.
As an intensive care physician I’m increasingly confronted with managing patients who are at the end of their life. Australians need to be aware that the way that they will spend the last few days or weeks…
Many extremely premature babies will have lifelong physical and intellectual deficiencies.
Imagine how frightening it must be for a woman to go into labour when she is just over halfway through her pregnancy and her baby has only had 23 or 24 weeks to grow. She and her family are overcome with…
Intensive Care Unit clinicians often allocate scarce resources towards gravely-ill existing patients rather than freeing…