Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19

COVID-19 is a pandemic with a rapidly increasing incidence of infections and deaths. Many pharmacologic therapies are being used or considered for treatment. Summarized below are the recommendations with comments related to the clinical practice guideline for the treatment and management of COVID-19.

Ventilator Simulator

The ventilator simulator is an immersive online mechanical ventilation training tool. This release incorporates the most recent evidence-based guidelines in pediatric and adult ventilation, as well as COVID-19 information and COVID-19 patient cases.
The virtual ventilator incorporates real-time changes in vital signs, ventilatory parameters, patient appearance, arterial blood gases, chest x-rays and more. Registration required (FREE).

COVID-19 Preparedness

Quality Emergency and Critical Care services are crucial to saving lives in the current COVID-19 pandemic here in Kenya. Strengthening these services across the country will not only save us now but even when the pandemic is over because, emergencies always happen, regardless of whether we are prepared or not.

Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID‐19

The predominant COVID‐19 illness is a viral pneumonia. Airway interventions are mainly required for tracheal intubation and establishing controlled ventilation. This consensus statement has been brought together at short notice to advise on airway management for patients with COVID‐19, drawing on published literature and immediately available information from clinicians and experts.

Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Medical masks can be used to prevent the spread of respiratory infections. Although N95 respirators appeared to have a protective advantage over surgical masks in laboratory settings, our meta-analysis showed that there were insufficient data to determine definitively whether N95 respirators are superior to surgical masks in protecting health care workers against transmissible acute respiratory infections in clinical settings.