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Tele-ICU, telemedicine are viable means of managing critical cases, says expert

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In a bid to proffer viable options in the management of severe COVID-19 cases, Anesthesia and Critical Care Consultants (A3C) has provided high quality and technology enhanced critical care services to hospitals and critically ill patients in Nigeria.

A3C Expert, Dr. Babaseyi Oyesola, during a Webinar session organised by Mindray Chinese Medical Devices Company recently, proffered the use of telemedicine and tele-ICU, an off-site command in which a critical care team are connected with a patient in a distant ICU to exchange health information through real-time audio, visual and electronic means. The session, which was a country exchange dialogue on COVID-19 response with experience sharing from stakeholders, revealed that telemedicine, mobile ICU and tele-ICU had birthed viability in the management of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Oyesola who noted that medical equipment is in short supply as Nigeria currently has just one Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), highlighted some of the challenges Nigeria is facing in terms of funding, technical support, education and training, drugs, consumables, admission criteria, Blood Gas Analysis, laboratory and imaging support and fear of the disease-affecting patients and health workers, among others.


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