Ventilatory weaning and early rehabilitation in COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome: the experience at Locarno hospital, canton of Ticino, Switzerland

Forni, Ruben and Besana, Tea and Amitrano, Antonio and Voinea, Camelia and Ogna, Adam (2020) Ventilatory weaning and early rehabilitation in COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome: the experience at Locarno hospital, canton of Ticino, Switzerland. Swiss Medical Weekly. ISSN 1424-3997

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Abstract

At the end of February 2020, COVID-19 made its first appearance in the southern part of Switzerland. Without protection from the Alps, and because of its proximity to Lombardy and the gatherings of people during the carnival period, the canton of Ticino witnessed a rapid and alarming epidemic. Within three months, numbers had rocketed: 3321 positive cases, 350 fatalities and 908 hospital discharges in a population of about 360,000 [1, 2]. The local public health situation reflected what was happening on a worldwide scale: the ability of clinics and health facilities to provide intensive care to patients in need of mechanical respiratory support was critically challenged

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