Pandemic Ethics: Saving Lives and Replaceability

Written by Roger Crisp Imagine two worlds quite different from our own. In Non-intervention, if a person becomes ill with some life-threatening condition, though their pain may be alleviated, no attempt is made to save their lives. In Maximal-intervention, everything possible is done to save the lives of those with life-threatening conditions. Our world lies […]
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Bryant B, Ende Z, Datta D, Belay E, Godfred-Cato S Abstract During the course of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, reports of a new multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) have been increasing in Europe and the United States (1-3). Clinical features in children have varied but predominantly include shock, cardiac dysfunction, abdominal pain, and elevated inflammatory markers, including C-reactive protein (CRP), ferritin, D-dimer, and interleukin-6 (1). Since June 2020, several case reports have described a similar syndrome in adults; this review describes in detail nine patients repo...
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By Dr. Stephen A. Berger   Cynomolgus monkey, a known reservoir of the Monkeypox virus   WHAT IS MONKEYPOX? Monkeypox, as the name implies, is a disease of monkeys (unlike chickenpox – which has no relation to chickens). Although the condition is reported in a group of eleven African countries, the virus was first discovered in a laboratory in Denmark in 1958, when it was first isolated from cynomolgus monkeys. The signs and symptoms are similar to those of smallpox. Following a three-day prodrome of fever, headache, myalgia, and back pain, patients develop a papular rash in the face, extremities, and genit...
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A 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis demonstrated the unwavering recurrence of low back pain (LBP) presentation in emergency departments (ED) [1]. In early 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic depleted resources as ED providers tended to COVID-19 patients. Simultaneously, pain management routine care was deemed “non-essential.”† These unattended pain complaints were likely to present to the overburdened ED. LBP in the ED has become increasingly common and challenging to manage [2]. Efficiently triaging non-emergent LBP may redirect and improve ED service utilization.
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"The pain is real when you hear those words," said a physician whose position was terminated after working through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.Medscape Reader Polls
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COVID-19 pandemic is posing an unprecedented sanitary threat: antiviral and host-directed medications to treat the disease are urgently needed. A great effort has been paid to find drugs and treatments for hospitalized, severely ill patients. However, medications used for the domiciliary management of early symptoms, notwithstanding their importance, have not been and are not presently regarded with the same attention and seriousness. In analogy with other airways viral infections, COVID-19 patients in the early phase require specific antivirals (still lacking) and non-etiotropic drugs to lower pain, fever, and control inf...
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In this narrative medicine essay a cardiology fellow shares his deep appreciation for a primary care physician who recognized his chest pain as anxiety related and draws lessons for how physicians of all specialties can help patients with somatic symptoms from COVID-19 pandemic-related uncertainties.
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Although the COVID-19 pandemic might affect important clinical routines, few studies have focused on the maintenance of good quality in end-of-life care.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
AbstractCOVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2 that emerged in late 2019, has resulted in a global pandemic. COVID-19 was initially believed to occur less frequently in children with relatively mild disease. However, severe disease and varied presentations have been reported in infected children, one of such being intussusception. There have only been three reported cases of intussusception in the pediatric population infected with COVID-19. In this paper, we will discuss the management and treatment of a novel fourth case of COVID-19-associated intussusception. This case is the first reported in the U...
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(American Society of Anesthesiologists) Patients who saw a pain medicine specialist via telemedicine saved time and money and were highly satisfied with their experience, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY ® 2020 annual meeting.
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