A meeting on topical issues of medical care for patients with COVID-19 acute respiratory disease caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 took place at the NSDC Staff
A meeting on topical issues of medical care for patients with COVID-19 acute respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 took place at the Staff of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
Opening the meeting, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov stressed the importance of consolidated activities of governors, scientists and practitioners to effectively combat the COVID-19 epidemic and provide Ukrainian citizens with affordable, safe and quality medical care.
Leading domestic scientists and doctors took part in the meeting chaired by Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksiy Solovyov.
The Deputy NSDC Secretary noted that the NSDC Staff, using the COTA software and hardware complex, constantly monitors the situation with regard to the spread of coronavirus disease in Ukraine and the world and the dynamics of the burden on the national healthcare system.
According to him, over the last month, the burden on the medical system of Ukraine has significantly increased, in particular, in its Western and Central regions. “Currently, only 2423 intensive care beds allocated to patients with COVID-19 remain vacant; the number of patients connected to mechanical ventilation is 1155 - this is the largest number of people since the outbreak of the epidemic in Ukraine, who are on mechanical ventilation in COVID wards; over the last month, the number of occupied oxygen beds in Ukraine has more than doubled. If this trend continues, local governments may need to prepare for an increase in the number of oxygen beds”, - he said stressing the need to respond adequately to the situation, in particular by introducing stricter quarantine restrictions and more effective medical care at the level of local communities.
The participants of the meeting paid particular attention to the issue of updating approaches to the treatment of patients with coronavirus disease, taking into account world experience and given the confirmation of the circulation in Ukraine of mutated coronavirus strains originating from Europe (Italy, Denmark, Belgium, etc.), Asia, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Experts stressed that the clinical picture of the disease has changed significantly in recent times – the number of severely ill young patients is increasing, the disease often lasts more than 14 days, there is an increase in the number and nature of complications.
In this context, experts expressed the opinion on the feasibility of making relevant changes to the domestic protocol for the treatment of coronavirus disease, in particular, in terms of anticoagulant therapy.
“Currently, the whole world is in the process of searching for the most effective drugs, and we should also proceed in this direction”, - Mr. Solovyov said emphasizing that the NSDC Staff will analyze information on available treatment protocols of other countries, and taking into account the practical experience of domestic scientists, proposals will be prepared for the implementation of the world’s best practices in providing medical care to patients with COVID-19.