Rianimation and Covid-19
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Chairperson: Gilberto Corbellini
The main purpose of intensive care is to ensure bodily functions harmed by disease until the patient’s recovery via medical assistance and the natural progression of the disease. COVID-19 most frequently impacts breathing, generating the need to “buy time” for recovery by assisting respiration (helmets delivering high-flow oxygen) or artificially substituting it (mechanical ventilation). The adjective ‘intensive’ refers to the importance of continuous monitoring and assistance from medical staff, as respiratory system functions can change quite rapidly. Mechanical ventilation aims to keep the patient alive while antivirals, heparin, cortisone, and- above all- the patient’s natural immunological defences battle the disease. It is crucial that this technique be applied correctly to avoid causing additional harm.