Optimizing supportive care in COVID-19 patients: A multidisciplinary approach

Mohamed Abu Haleeqa, Iman Alshamsi, Ammar Al Habib, Mohamed Noshi, Shazia Abdullah, Ashraf Kamour, Halah Ibrahim

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Abstract

Within just a few months, SARS-CoV-2 has evolved from a virtually unknown pathogen to a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. As COVID-19 infection can affect multiple organ systems, treating many manifestations and complications requires clinical expertise across the healthcare professional spectrum. Therefore, interprofessional and multidisciplinary collaboration should form the cornerstone of every hospital’s COVID-19 management approach. In this manuscript, we discuss the non-microbial management strategies for our COVID-19 inpatient population. Specifically, through an inter-professional and collaborative approach to care delivery, we provide rationale and guidance on prone positioning, oxygen strategies, early mobilization, identifying and treating co-infections, anticoagulation and ensuring appropriate psychological support for patients and their families. It is our hope that these recommendations help supporting clinician management decisions to best care for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the region and worldwide.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)877-880
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Anticoagulation
  • COVID-19
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Prone positioning
  • Supportive care
  • Ventilation

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