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kimchi

Member since Jan 2012 • Last active Apr 2020
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  • in COVID-19
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    Less - I think based on current data in the UK (not including people who are still on ITU) only about 40% have made it out the other side of being on ITU, the rest have died. And that’s people who are of a similar demographic to Boris.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Could you get something like this? I know there are a few different catering-focussed BBQ’s that run off has bottles and are pretty flat so would turn themselves well to being built in to an outdoor set up. Should be pretty easy to take the folding legs/wheels off. https://www.nisbets.co.uk/buffalo-foldin­g-barbecue-on-wheels/p111

  • in COVID-19
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    It’s a local health board in South Wales - they seem to be collecting data in Wales via health boards rather than local authorities etc. Cardiff and Vale is also a health board AFAIK.

  • in COVID-19
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    Eek, he’s close to the point in COVID infection where people go rapidly downhill.. will be interesting to see what happens. There aren’t any tests for COVID you need to be admitted for so this is probably because he’s desaturating and needing oxygen.

  • in COVID-19
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    What do you mean by this? It’s not really anything to do with capitalism - for some reason COVID affects the lungs differently to other pneumonias (which would normally require ventilation in ITU) and CPAP (which wouldn’t normally be helpful in these situations) actually provides the support needed. It was unexpected - there’s a good article on EMCRIT about it.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Tried doing the doaskid but didn't seem to work on the website when I ordered at the beginning of the week - is it definitely still working? Thanks for such speedy dispatch on the coffee, and don't worry about claiming the 20% off retrospectively - chuck it in the virtual tip jar! Can't wait to get brewing.

  • in COVID-19
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    Not in the time frame we need - I know it’s a tired phrase, but this is a direct consequence of austerity. Cutting the nursing bursary, systematically decreasing the number of acute hospital beds (over the long term), underfunding services, the list goes on. All of this means the NHS is continuously running at >95% capacity when it should be at 80-85% to have the slack to soak up things like COVID, and because it’s been going on for years it will take years to rebuild from the damage. Although it does pretty well outcomes-wise given the amount of money spent on it, if you compare the NHS with health systems in comparable countries across a number of metrics (eg ITU beds, Acute hospital beds, physicians per capita etc) it’s lagging a long way behind. All of this is scary when faced with something like COVID, because whatever Rishi Sunak says we can’t pull 5,000 ITU nurses out of our backsides at the drop of a hat.

  • in COVID-19
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    Yep - exactly that.

  • in COVID-19
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    Rapidly increasing ITU capacity is tricky - the main issue is having enough ITU-trained nursing staff to properly look after someone on a ventilator as it’s a highly specialised job. It’s complicated by the fact that COVID is aerosol generating and you therefore can’t use less invasive (and therefore less resource intensive) forms of ventilation such as BIPAP which would otherwise work well in a lot of the covid cases.
    Physical capacity isn’t so hard - there are plans to incrementally cancel non-urgent surgery and use the operating theatres and anaesthetic machines in them as demand requires.
    There’s a good article here from an ITU consultant talking through what’s going on behind the scenes, and why it’s such a challenge - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre­e/2020/mar/03/icu-doctor-nhs-coronavirus­-pandemic-hospitals

  • in COVID-19
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    Don’t know if posted yet, and obviously the author is going to come down heavy on China, but what do you lot think of this? https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/dont-buy-c­hinas-story-the-coronavirus-may-have-lea­ked-from-a-lab/

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