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Saudi J Anaesth ; 15(2): 93-96, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1175653


BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome virus coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2). Many aspects of its pathology and pathogenesis are not well understood. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe a series of spontaneous air leak cases we found in our coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive 1086-patient cohort. RESULTS: Two out of six patients eventually required mechanical ventilation and succumbed to COVID-19. We presume that acute lung injury leading to SARS-CoV-2 with associated acute respiratory distress syndrome predisposes patients to this complication. CONCLUSION: This series is presented to highlight the emerging association of COVID-19 with spontaneous air leaks leading to pneumomediastinum, pneumothorax, and subsequent subcutaneous emphysema even in patients who have never received invasive mechanical ventilation and this may be more likely with the institution of high flow nasal cannula.

Indian J Anaesth ; 65(1): 48-53, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1052521


Anaesthesiologists by virtue of their understanding of physiology, pharmacology and resuscitation skills are best suited to manage critical care units. Armed with this varied knowledge, the anaesthesiologist is 'physician to the surgeon and a surgeon to the physician'. Specialised training helps them to provide extended postoperative and critical care. During the past few months in the battle with coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, anaesthesiologists have stood up to the challenge of caring for critically ill patients, compromising on their operating room responsibilities. The fact from a growing body of literature suggests that an anaesthesiologist as a critical care specialist provides efficient care and better outcomes. With an increasing awareness and need for critical care, government support is going to increase with an increase in avenues for training and research leading to better professional development and earning potential.