COVID-19 in intensive care. Some necessary steps for health care workers

  • Nipun Malhotra Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India.
  • Nitesh Gupta Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India.
  • Somya Ish Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India.
  • Pranav Ish | pranavish2512@gmail.com Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Due to the nature of their profession, health care personnel (HCP) have always been easy targets for transmission of communicable diseases like COVID-19. Shielding HCPs is of consequential significance in ensuring continued health care for the whole population in addition to reducing further spread. Close contact, repeated contact and prolonged contact are unavoidable in the intensive care (IC) environment. It is not uncommon for IC-HCPs to get carried away during an emergent situation, such as that posed by a suddenly deteriorating patient, and forgo the protective barriers that protect them from contracting a communicable infection. Some notable precautionary measures are mentioned below. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

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Published
2020-03-25
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Coronavirus, ICU, protection
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How to Cite
Malhotra, N., Gupta, N., Ish, S., & Ish, P. (2020). COVID-19 in intensive care. Some necessary steps for health care workers. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, 90(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2020.1284