Letter to the Editor


One of the most serious complications of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is acute severe respiratory syndrome mandating intensive care admission and assisted ventilation [1]. Pneumonia, hypoxemic respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress (ARDS), shock, and multi-organ failure, are the most common complications of severe COVID-19, along with the complications associated with prolonged hospitalization – including secondary nosocomial infection, thromboembolism, gastrointestinal bleeding, and critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy [2].

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[2] Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 [cited 1 April 2020]. Available from:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html

[3] Greenland, J., Michelow, M., Wang, L. and London, M. (2020). COVID-19 Infection: Implications for Perioperative and Critical Care Physicians. Anesthesiology. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003303

[4] Association of Anesthetists. (2020).Anesthetic Management of Patients During a COVID- 19 Outbreak. Available from:https://anaesthetists.org/Home/Resources-publications/Anaesthetic-Management-of-Patients-During-a-COVID-19-Outbreak.

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