Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones in conversation at Queen’s Park, the day after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health ‘strongly recommended’ mask wearing.
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In 2020, with adult ICUs at risk of being overwhelmed, we wore masks and accepted restrictions. Now pediatric intensive care is at risk. Will leaders follow the evidence and tell us to mask up?
Here’s what happened behind the scenes to increase intensive care capacity at the height of the pandemic.
Who gets scarce life-saving resources when hospitals are overwhelmed? And how are these decisions made? State and territory governments are yet to answer these difficult questions.
The term ‘intubation’ is used when experts talk about treating patients with severe COVID-19. But this medical term doesn’t explain the traumatic procedure involved.
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The hospital system is already strained. And this is what we face as Australia prepares to open up.
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COVID patients in ICU are younger, sicker and stay for longer than other critically unwell patients, affecting the entire hospital and its staff.
Candida auris can cause serious infections among patients in hospitals and other group medical care settings.
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Prevention may be the best way to cope with the worldwide wave of treatment-resistant fungal pathogens.
While people with certain disabilities are already at higher risk for severe COVID-19, that risk is increased by elements within the health-care system.
People with disabilities are overlooked for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and triage protocols. We need to make this group a priority and address issues that put them at risk.
Nurses are not heroes – they are technically expert professional carers with unique skills. And they are struggling.
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.