NHS hospitals at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus are about ‘to run out of essential drugs’ to look after intensive care patients, according to a leaked document published today. Medics across Europe sounded the alarm in a letter to governments on Tuesday. To manage the most severe cases of COVID-19, resuscitators have to immerse the patients in an artificial coma, and intubate them. They use powerful anaesthesia drugs to do this, such as curare and propofol, and these are the ones that are rapidly disappearing. In a leaked letter to their respective governments doctors called for emergency measures to deal with the shortages of these two drugs. Powerful anaesthesia drugs, such as Curare and Propofol (pictured), are the ones that are rapidly disappearing. They are used to manage people with the most severe forms of COVID-19 ‘Hospitals will soon run out of essential drugs to treat COVID-19 patients hospitalised in intensive care units,’ the letter, leaked to Le Monde newspaper in France, reads. ‘Without European collaboration to ensure a continuous supply of medicines, they may no longer be able to provide adequate intensive care within one to two weeks.’ The signatories are all part of the European Alliance of University… Read full this story
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