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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-23

Critical care preparedness and conduct in COVID-2019 crisis

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Manoj Kumar Sahu
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, CTVS office, 7th floor, Cardiothoracic and Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpcs.jpcs_79_20

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Background: COVID-19 pandemic has stirred an unexpected turmoil in health care worldwide. The strategic conduct of critical care would warrant an effective preparedness plan, thorough knowledge of the disease manifestations, and relevant therapeutic strategy to sail through this crisis. Methods: English medical literature with MeSh database was searched using the key words such as “COVID-19 pandemic,” “ICU preparedness,” “COVID-19 management,” “COVID-19 therapy,” and “COVID-19 systemic effects.” The relevant studies were included with significant inputs from interdepartmental meetings for the formulation of a plan. Results: The analysis of the respective studies highlighted the requirements of COVID-19 designated intensive care units (ICUs) with special provisions and the therapeutic agents being used in critical patients with emphasis on Remdesivir, Dexamethasone, Convalescent Plasma, and insight into newer agents. The systemic manifestations of COVID-19 requiring ICU care such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, myocardial injury, arrhythmias, hypercoagulable state, and acute renal dysfunction have been highlighted. The need of updating records with research protocols cannot be disregarded. The care of patients should not compromise the health-care personnel requirements. Conclusion: The evidence-based preparedness strategy can curtail the critical care crunch in COVID-19 management; however, institutional specific approach should be formulated.

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