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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 149-152

Management of COVID infection

Department of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Med, Sr Member COVID Team, Lead Lung Transplant Program, Indraprastha APOLLO Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Manjit Singh Kanwar
M-4, Greater Kailash-II, New Delhi - 110 048
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DOI: 10.4103/am.am_51_20

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Corona Virus has jolted the world. The government and the medical community world wide has not only been stretched but stressed a lot during this pandemic. The numbers and mortality figures are ever increasing. The lock down have served their purpose and it is a stage of hospitals undertaking the paramount care of the suffering and psychologically stressed COVID -19 patients. Caring for those and trying to save their lives who could in turn transmit disease to you has never been an easy task. Yet our bravehearts the Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics stood valiant on the line of Duty to serve humanity. The description in this article will take you on a virtual tour on a journey we ask physicians and our patients mutually undertake through the diseases process. We go through periods of uncertainty and at times anxiety with not only the patients but their families too. However we remain optimistic and impart the same optimism into them because we know that except in an occasional patient, we will win the race. How we manage mild cases at home to hospitalise patient on the floor is a relatively simpler issue for treating COVID patients. Challenges appear when patients require increasing oxygen flow to maintain minimum acceptable SO2 of 90%. Trying out experimental therapies and their correct timing is very important. We constantly update ourselves among a crack team of highly experienced critical care physicians to decide all investigations and treatments. Some patients require ventilatory support. The COVID patients have been found to behave a little different way on ventilators compares to other our sick respiratory failure patients unless they how gone into full blown ARDS. Those challenges are also explained here.

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