We can strike a balance between minimising transmission risk and practising compassion to allow loved ones to visit patients with COVID-19 in ICU at the end of their lives.
Studies like this are important because they help gather data from an African perspective.
It's time to talk to your loved ones about what care and treatment you'd want if you face death from COVID-19.
Developed nations like Spain struggled to provide enough hospital beds for coronavirus patients, so what are poorer nations to do?
COVID-19 is creating overwhelming needs for intensive care and testing facilities. An Australian team is developing purpose-built units that can be shipped and erected quickly, easily and cheaply.
Doctors are facing difficult choices in the coronavirus pandemic.
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Doctors are being forced to make difficult choices regarding who gets ventilators in this pandemic. An expert argues why this has parallels with choices soldiers have to make during wartime.
Rather than basing decisions about ICU access on age, clinicians need to consider the potential benefits and burdens of treatments proposed for every patient.
On March 29 in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is almost deserted due to restrictions on public life.
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Germans are struggling like the rest of the world with the coronavirus. And while Germans have a strong safety net and medical system, one thing may fall victim to the virus: relations with the US.
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.
Hospitals will need more space, staff and stuff as more people test positive to coronavirus. But hard decisions may have to be made if the health system gets overwhelmed with cases.
Australians should now be practising social distancing to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. By creating more space between yourself and others you decrease the risk of person-to-person…
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.
Following a serious illness, many patients don’t eat enough to help them recover well.
Research shows that more than half of patients in intensive care don't get enough nutrition.
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Boxer Muhammad Ali died of septic shock, after being admitted to the hospital for a respiratory problem. Despite the fact more than a million people are hospitalized with sepsis each year, fewer than half of Americans know what the word sepsis means.
Who needs to be in the ICU?
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Limiting ICU beds is suggested as a way to cut down on overuse, but that assumes doctors always know which patients need to be there.
Patients who are discharged from intensive care units (ICUs) after-hours have a higher chance of death than those discharged…
The idea of research reducing health-care costs may seem counter intuitive because it often leads to the development of expensive drugs, technologies, and treatments.
Quality health care can be expensive and medical research has traditionally been thought to play a role in making it so. But research can also help cut the cost of medical care. The notion of research…
Patients leaving hospital after intensive care require more support than they are currently getting, researchers at Imperial…
A study conducted over several East African hospitals has cast doubt over fluid replacement therapy. The study followed children…
Intensive Care Unit clinicians often allocate scarce resources towards gravely-ill existing patients rather than freeing…