The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic on U.S. and Canadian PICUs

Conclusions: PICUs have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. They have provided care not only for children but also adults. Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 have a high frequency of comorbidities, require longer stays, more ventilatory support than usual PICU admissions. These data suggest several avenues for further exploration.
Source: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Online Clinical Investigations Source Type: research

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Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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Source: Social Work in Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Soc Work Public Health Source Type: research
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Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: your-feed-science Elderly Robots and Robotics Loneliness Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Dementia Pets your-feed-health your-feed-animals Nursing Homes Source Type: news
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Source: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
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Source: Current Ophthalmology Reports - Category: Opthalmology Source Type: research
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Source: Emergency Radiology - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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