An American doctor has discovered that some coronavirus patients tend to suffer from deadly oxygen drops without realizing it, which can lead to death.
Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency doctor in New York, observed that patients suffering from coronavirus suffered from hypoxia which could lead to organ damage.
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According to an article he wrote for the New York Times, Dr. Levitan saw patients whose lungs were filled with fluid or pus but who had no difficulty breathing until the day they arrived at the hospital. ‘hospital.
The emergency doctor said the patients had no idea they had the infection until they got to the emergency room when they were “often already in critical condition.”
What these patients suffered from was hypoxia, a form of oxygen deprivation caused by hypoxemia, which occurs when there are low oxygen levels in the blood.
Dr. Levitan is an emergency medicine practitioner at Bellevue Hospital in New York and has taught other healthcare professionals how to intubate and use respirators for at least two decades.
Hypoxia can cause low levels of oxygen in the tissues linked to organ damage and, in some cases, death and can occur without warning.
“And this is what really surprised us: these patients reported no feeling of breathing problems, even though their chest x-rays showed diffuse pneumonia and their oxygen levels were below normal. How could it be? Dr. Levitan wrote in The Times.
He went on to explain that these patients experienced “silent hypoxia” – silent because it was often only detected at an advanced stage.
Coronavirus patients did not experience the same pain and discomfort usually caused by pneumonia, including shortness of breath.
Dr. Levitan wrote, “And by the time they do, they have alarming oxygen levels and moderate to severe pneumonia (as seen on chest x-rays).
“The normal oxygen saturation for most people at sea level is 94% to 100%; the COVID pneumonia patients I saw had oxygen saturations as low as 50%. “
Because patients can still breathe out carbon dioxide and because it does not accumulate like normal pneumonia, patients have no trouble breathing.
These patients breathe more deeply and more quickly due to low oxygen levels which can further damage the lungs.
Dr. Levitan said patients can monitor their oxygen levels with a simple device called a pulse oximeter.
These are small devices that can be purchased from any pharmacy in the UK and are available online.
Levitan says this home monitoring could alert patients to a need for treatment before their oxygen levels drop too dangerously low.
Dr. Levitan wrote: “Widespread pulse oximetry screening for Covid pneumonia – whether people check themselves on home devices or go to clinics or doctor’s offices – could provide a system alert for the types of respiratory problems associated with Covid pneumonia »
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