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- For treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory failure, physicians should consider early intubation in the ICU, lung protective ventilation, conservative fluid strategy, PEEP titration, prone positioning and ongoing supportive care
- Additional therapies include ECMO consultation, if signs of continued hypoxaemia or elevated airway pressure, and prolonged intubation
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On April 4, 2020, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital held a virtual didactic and Q&A session on best practices for caring for critically-ill patients. Charles Corey Hardin, MD, PhD, physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, presented on management of critically ill COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory failure, the status of novel agents’ effectiveness for COVID-19—including remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine and statin—and lung protective ventilation techniques such as prone positioning and early intubation.
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