Measuring the Risk Among Clinicians Who Intubate Patients with COVID-19

A team at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania launched the United States component of a global registry that aims to help protect health care providers who intubate patients with COVID-19 and better quantify their risk of developing the disease. The intubateCOVID registry—established by a team in the United Kingdom—tracks exposures and outcomes among providers who perform intubations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the transmission of COVID-19 to these providers.

About one percent of patients with COVID-19—a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2—require mechanical ventilation to help keep their oxygen levels stable. In order to provide that support, health care providers—such as anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and emergency or critical care physicians—first must place a breathing tube that can then be connected to a ventilator.

“Placing a breathing tube in patients with COVID-19 can pose a high risk to health care workers, as it may expose them to aerosols and droplets from a patient’s airways,” said Mark Neuman, MD, the Horatio C. Wood Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Penn and the national lead for intubateCOVID. “In order to inform and best protect clinicians performing these procedures, it’s imperative we understand how participating in intubation procedures may be linked to an individual’s risk of developing COVID-19.”

Early data suggests front-line healthcare workers may have a higher incidence rate of COVID-19 than the general public. However, there’s no large-scale data that quantifies whether people who perform specific procedures, like an intubation, have an even higher risk of developing the disease. The registry, which was launched by anesthesiologists at the London-based Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, not only will help to answer this question, but will also address how specific techniques used or the type of personnel protective equipment (PPE) worn affects one’s risk.

The registry is open to physicians and non-physicians who perform airway management procedures, including certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologist assistants. Providers are encouraged to record every intubation they perform on patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. During each submission, providers can include specific details, such as the airway technique and the PPE used. Then, in the days and weeks following the procedures, participants can add any new symptoms they experience or—in some cases—a diagnosis of COVID-19.

So far, more than 2,000 providers across 500 hospitals worldwide have joined the global registry, with data on more than 1,550 intubations. Penn is the national coordinating center for the United States. In addition to the United States launch, IntubateCOVID has gone live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Canada. Additional countries expected to launch the coming days and weeks.

“Our goal is to rapidly capture and analyze large-scale data to identify whether these providers are at an elevated risk and, if so, whether the use of specific techniques or PPE helps to reduce that risk,” Neuman said.

Source: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

28 Comments on "Measuring the Risk Among Clinicians Who Intubate Patients with COVID-19"

  1. Hello to all, how is the whole thing, I think every one
    is getting more from this website, and your views are fastidious for new visitors.

  2. I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This piece
    of writing posted at this web site is genuinely fastidious.

  3. Have you ever considered writing an e-book or guest
    authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based upon on the same information you discuss and would
    love to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would value your
    work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

  4. Hello there, You’ve done an excellent job.

    I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends.
    I am confident they will be benefited from this website.

  5. I’m not sure why but this site is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it
    a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if
    the problem still exists.

  6. Outstanding story there. What occurred after? Thanks!

  7. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.

    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  8. I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles
    or blog posts on this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo
    I ultimately stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i am glad to show that I’ve an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed.

    I most definitely will make sure to don?t forget this web site and give it a glance regularly.

  9. I think this is one of the most significant info
    for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is ideal, the
    articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  10. Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thanks for providing this information.

  11. I would like to thank you for the efforts you
    have put in penning this website. I really
    hope to check out the same high-grade content by you in the future as
    well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own site now 😉

  12. Hey I am so grateful I found your web site, I really found you by error,
    while I was researching on Google for something else, Regardless I
    am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a fantastic post and a all round exciting
    blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and
    also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do
    keep up the excellent jo.

  13. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!

    Extremely useful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for
    such information much. I was looking for this certain info for a very long time.

    Thank you and best of luck.

  14. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site?
    I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had
    issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.

    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  15. Hello, all the time i used to check web site posts here early in the
    dawn, since i enjoy to learn more and more.

  16. Why users still make use of to read news papers when in this technological
    globe the whole thing is presented on web?

  17. Wow, amazing weblog layout! How lengthy have you been running a blog for?

    you make blogging glance easy. The full look of your site is fantastic, as smartly as the content!

  18. Greetings! Very useful advice within this article!
    It’s the little changes that will make the greatest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if perhaps
    everybody else encountering issues with your website.
    It seems like some of the written text in your posts are running off
    the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if
    this is happening to them as well? This could be a
    problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before.
    Thank you

  20. Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this website on a regular basis, this web site is really good and the users are really sharing fastidious thoughts.

  21. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him
    as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

  22. Hi there colleagues, how is all, and what you would like to say
    concerning this post, in my view its genuinely amazing for me.

  23. Excellent web site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find quality
    writing like yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate people like you!
    Take care!!

  24. My family members every time say that I am wasting my time here
    at web, however I know I am getting familiarity all the time by reading thes nice articles.

  25. Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working
    with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a
    tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  26. Right now it seems like Expression Engine is the best blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  27. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?

    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

  28. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the structure of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two
    pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*