Respiratory Support in Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Patients

Posted from George Washington University Intelligence Report:

  • Supplemental oxygen is the first essential step in the treatment of severe COVID-19 patients with hypoxemia. It can be delivered using a non-rebreathing mask and prone positioning. This can help extend vent availability in low-resource settings.
  • For patients requiring invasive ventilation due to exhaustion or other cause, lung protective strategies may reduce the currently very high CFR of >50%.