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Clinical management of COVID-19: Experiences of the COVID-19 epidemic from Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Title
Clinical management of COVID-19: Experiences of the COVID-19 epidemic from Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
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South African Medical Journal, August 2020
DOI 10.7196/samj.2020.v110i10.15157
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M Mendelson, L Boloko, A Boutall, L Cairncross, G Calligaro, C Coccia, J A Dave, M De Villiers, S Dlamini, P Frankenfeld, P Gina, M V Gule, J Hoare, R Hofmeyr, M Hsiao, I Joubert, T Kahn, R Krause, A Kroopman, D Levin, D Maughan, S Mazondwa, G Meintjes, R Nordien, N Ntusi, N Papavarnavas, J Peter, H Pickard, P Raubenheimer, Q Said-Hartley, P Singh, S Wasserman, Groote Schurr Hospital

Abstract

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has presented clinicians with an enormous challenge in managing a respiratory virus that is not only capable of causing severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, but also multisystem disease. The extraordinary pace of clinical research, and particularly the surge in adaptive trials of new and repurposed treatments, have provided rapid answers to questions of whether such treatments work, and has resulted in corticosteroids taking centre stage in the management of hospitalised patients requiring oxygen support. Some treatment modalities, such as the role of anticoagulation to prevent and treat potential thromboembolic complications, remain controversial, as does the use of high-level oxygen support, outside of an intensive care unit setting. In this paper, we describe the clinical management of COVID-19 patients admitted to Groote Schuur Hospital, a major tertiary level hospital at the epicentre of South Africa's SARS-CoV-2 epidemic during its first 4 months.

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Unknown 169 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 18 11%
Student > Master 17 10%
Researcher 14 8%
Unspecified 11 7%
Student > Postgraduate 11 7%
Other 34 20%
Unknown 64 38%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 48 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 9%
Unspecified 12 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 8 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 2%
Other 18 11%
Unknown 65 38%