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43 hospitals in 11 states covered by AIIMS video consultation program

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New Delhi, July 20 | To strengthen the government’s efforts to reduce COVID mortality, the AIIMS Delhi had started the ‘e-ICU’ video consultation for state doctors on COVID clinical management earlier this month.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said four sessions have been held to date covering 43 institutions across 11 states.

These include ten institutions in Mumbai, three in Goa, three in Delhi, three in Gujarat and two in Telangana, the statement said.

The Health Ministry said that covering 43 hospitals across 11 states, the AIIMS Delhi teleconsultation guidance program for state doctors on COVID clinical management would reach out to ICU doctors at smaller healthcare facilities in the coming weeks.

The video consultation program in the coming weeks would cover ICU doctors from smaller healthcare facilities across the country, it said.

Each of these sessions conducted through video conference span over 1.5 to 2 hours. The discussions have covered the entire range of issues related to the management of COVID-19 patients, the Health Ministry said.

The ministry said the use of pruning, high flow oxygen, non-invasive ventilation, and ventilator settings for the advanced disease have also been a common discussion point.

Some of the other common concerns have been the methods of communication with patients, screening of health-care workers, managing new-onset diabetes, uncommon presentations such as stroke, diarrhea, and myocardial infarction, etc, it said.

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