Mechanical Ventilation Perspective

 
 
  • Healthcare vs the Grim Reaper Labeling healthcare workers as warriors against death is setting them up for failure and burnout.
  • An Ethics Challenge in Hospital Medicine It is important not to force a premature resolution of the situation through unilateral or coercive decisions.
  • COVID-19 and Liver Disease: Answering the Key Questions A trove of new data is bringing clarity regarding the impact of COVID-19 on patients with liver disease, although there's still much to learn.
  • The Delta Variant in Schools: Is Rapid Testing the Answer?   The Delta variant is highly transmissible, with the CDC likening its infectiousness to that of chicken pox. Will we find a way to safely return children to school this fall?
  • Pneumonia in the Shadow of COVID-19   Leading pulmonary specialists from the University of Louisville explain the burden of community-acquired pneumonia in older adults and reflect on complications caused by COVID-19.
  • Has the U.S. Entered a Fourth Wave?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Eric Topol, MD, Executive VP, Scripps Research, Editor-in-Chief, Medscape, about the fourth wave of the pandemic that the United States may be facing.
  • It's Okay to Overreact: Devi Sridhar Shares COVID's Humbling Lesson   Global health expert Devi Sridhar discusses with Eric Topol and Abraham Verghese how the countries that took the threat seriously from the get-go have fared better in loss of life and economic recovery.
  • COVID-Related ARDS May Not Be So Different After All   Angela Rogers on COVID-related ARDS, how ICU COVID care has changed over the months, and why it is a privilege to be an ICU doctor during COVID.
  • COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Finally, Some Hard Data   COVID-19 has shown significant effects in pregnancy, and those risks must be taken into account when considering whether to advise vaccination for pregnant women, says Dr F. Perry Wilson.
  • New Guidance on Identifying Brain Death   Dr Andrew Wilner interviews Dr Gene Sung, lead author of the new guidelines from the World Brain Death Project.
  • The Invisible Impact of COVID Delays on Cancer Treatment   Dr David Kerr discusses recent findings from a meta-analysis investigating the effects of cancer treatment delays during the pandemic on mortality.
  • COPD Highlights From CHEST 2020   COPD highlights from CHEST 2020, reported by Dr Darcy Marciniuk, include analysis of the effect of ICS-containing therapies on lung function decline and cardiovascular risk after acute exacerbation.
  • The COVID Complication You Might Miss An emerging complication of both severe influenza and COVID-19 may not be known to many healthcare providers. It can lead to deadly results.
  • How to Swab a Patient for COVID After a Tracheostomy Drs Robert Glatter and Nina Shapiro discuss tips for safe and effective COVID-19 sampling in patients with tracheostomy tubes or in laryngectomy patients.
  • What We Have Learned About SARS-CoV-2 Transmission We've learned a lot about transmission. What is the current state of the evidence?
  • Anticoagulation for COVID-19: More Harm than Good? The risk for fatal hemorrhagic stroke adds questions to the routine use of prophylactic anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19, according to Dr Andrew Wilner.
  • The COVID ICU: Before You Sedate, Communicate COVID-19 has packed the country's ICUs with mechanically ventilated patients who are at risk for delirium and unable to speak. What can be done to help them communicate?
  • When Uncertainty Calls: An ER Doc's COVID Journey What do you do in times of uncertainty, when instinct goes against what you know? One emergency physician shares her story.
  • 'You'll Always Be Right Upstairs' An EMT cherishes the fact that her sister is just a few feet away, on the COVID floor of the hospital.
  • The Dangers of an Unwitnessed Pandemic This, Dr. Weiss wrote in his day four entry, is the reality of the disease: 'You really can't understand till you see it…and that's the problem. Nobody is seeing it.'