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Covid-19 in Critically Ill Patients in the Seattle Region — Case Series

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Source Name: The New England Journal of Medicine


Avan K. Bhatraju, Bijan J. Ghassemieh, Michelle Nichols, Richard Kim, Keith R. Jerome, Arun K. Nalla, Alexander L. Greninger, Sudhakar Pipavath, Mark M. Wurfel, Laura Evans, Patricia A. Kritek, T. Eoin West, Andrew Luks, Anthony Gerbino, Chris R. Dale, Jason D. Goldman, Shane O’Mahony, Carmen Mikacenic

Useful series from the Pacific North West, main questions:

-Why four patients who had a do-not-resuscitate order on admission were included in the dead and, ultimately, why been admitted in an ITU/ICU setting?

-How come no sputum samples from nine fatalities were ever sent for bacterial culture in an ITU/ICU setting?

It has been highlighted by experts such as Ioannides of Stanford that, since we cannot/will not screen for this elusive SARS-associated virus, we cannot computate mortality nor ultimately ascribe CAUSATION. 

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