About 5% of Covid-19 patients with acute respiratory failure admitted to intubation

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Kinshasa, July 10th, 2021 (CPA).- The resuscitator anesthesiologist Patrick Boloko May indicated on Friday, during an interview with the CPA in Kinshasa, that a reduced number of Covid-19 patients suffering from acute respiratory failure , about 5%, went through intubation, a medical procedure that involves placing a tube in the nose of patients to allow them to breathe well using a respirator.

To this end, Dr Boloko May recommended that healthcare providers, particularly in emergency departments, properly assess Covid-19 patients upon arrival, in order to rapidly detect cases of acute respiratory failure in view of of a therapy likely to overcome this disease.

Referring to the study entitled « Predictors of the use of intubation in patients admitted to intensive care for respiratory pneumonia linked to Covid-19 » recently carried out by a team of doctors that he led, this intensive care anesthesiologist noted, among other factors of breathing difficulties due to this pathology, age over 60 years, the ROX index (oxygenation assessor), the H phenotype, the use of corticosteroids as well as people with white skin and yellow skin .

The resistance of black skin to this disease is still under examination, he noted.

Dr Boloko May, also provincial executive secretary of the National Syndicate of Physicians (SYNAMED), further asked the Congolese State to invest in the training of medical personnel as well as in the construction of viable health infrastructures with modern equipment. ACP/