Published guidelines on COVID-19: Which to follow?
Manu Sundaram1, Rohit Saxena2, Marti Pons Odena3, Giovanna Chidini4, Mohammed Salameh5, RN Ashwath Ram6, Utpal Bhalala5
1 Division of critical care, Sidra Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Cardiac Intensive Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and University College, London, United Kingdom
3 Department of Pediatric Intensive Care and Intermediate Care, Sant Joan de Déu University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
4 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
5 Department of Pediatric Intensive Care, Baylor College of Medicine, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, San Antoni, TX, USA
6 Department of Pediatrics Intensive Care, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Dr. Manu Sundaram
Division of Critical Care, Weil Cornell Medicine, Doha
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
The novel coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought the world to a halt and humans at existential risk from an unknown enemy. In view of a high reproductive number, the number of deaths and people affected by COVID-19 has been unprecedented. At the same time, the knowledge sharing by the medical community from social media, networking, and the large number of publications has brought new challenges. To review the literature and bring out the best practice summary, we have involved physicians from the COVID-19 hotspots and societies to share their knowledge, experience, and transferable skills learned from helping their adult intensive care unit colleagues and managing pediatric COVID-19 patients. This has been particularly challenging as the goal post has been shifting very quickly and will continue to evolve while high-quality evidence is obtained.