Ebola virus disease: The UK critical care perspective

D. Martin, J. Howard, B. Agarwal, Y. Rajalingam, B. Athan, Sanjay Bhagani, I. Cropley, S. Hopkins, S. Mepham, A. Rodger, S. Warren, M. Jacobs

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Abstract

© 2016 The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved.The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has required the treatment of affected patients in the NHS system within the UK. Managing patients with a confirmed viral haemorrhagic fever requires a thorough understanding of treatment options within the confines of an effective biocontainment setting. The Royal Free Hospital High Level Isolation Unit (HLIU) in London, is a purpose built facility that allows healthcare workers to safely treat patients with highly contagious diseases. This HLIU uses Trexler isolator tents to prevent the spread of infection from patients to healthcare workers. Provision of invasive organ support can be provided in this environment, if considered appropriate, and is achievable without posing additional risk to staff. We report our recent experiences of managing patients with EVD, with particular focus on those aspects of care pertinent to anaesthesia and critical care medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-596
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Volume116
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

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