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Small things can save lives: coping with COVID-19 in resource-scarce hospitals

Small things can save lives: coping with COVID-19 in resource-scarce hospitals

EVERYWHERE, patients have died from COVID-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn’t enough. GILLES VAN CUTSEM, Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, University of Cape Town People died from a lack of oxygen because no one noticed that their oxygen mask wasn’t well-positioned or that their oxygen saturation was dropping. They died of dehydration or kidney failure because they didn’t receive enough water. They died because there wasn’t enough staff, or because new staff added in an emergency were inexperienced and poorly…
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