Development of a Critical Care Response - Experiences from Italy During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Emanuele Rezoagli, Aurora Magliocca, Giacomo Bellani, Antonio Pesenti, Giacomo Grasselli

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Abstract

Italy was the first western country facing an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first Italian patient diagnosed with COVID-19 was admitted, on Feb. 20, 2020, to the intensive care unit (ICU) in Codogno (Lodi, Lombardy, Italy), and the number of reported positive cases increased to 36 in the next 24 hours, and then exponentially for 18 days. This triggered a response that resulted in a massive surge in ICU bed capacity. The COVID19 Lombardy Network organized a structured logistic response and provided scientific evidence to highlight information on COVID-19 associated respiratory failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-284
Number of pages20
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2021

Keywords

  • Awake proning
  • Coronavirus disease 19
  • COVID19 Lombardy Network
  • Critical care
  • Helmet continuous positive airway pressure
  • Organizational response
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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