Dear EAMS members and airway enthusiasts,
We are still fighting this pandemic COVID-19 and the last year has shown us the importance of obesity as an independent risk factor for the severity of COVID-19.
The articles of this month focus on implications for mechanisms, comorbidities, prognosis and some key points to optimise airway management and ventilation for obese patients in such challenging times!
Recent studies have shown that obesity is associated with the severity of coronavirus disease. Hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, mechanical ventilation, and even mortality in obese patients were higher than normal-weight patients. Obesity could alter the direction of severe COVID-19 symptoms to younger individuals. (articles 1&2)
Some key points to optimize airway management, noninvasive and invasive mechanical ventilation in ICU patients with obesity are suggested in articles 3 & 4.
Enjoy the reading and keep safe!
Daniela Godoroja- Diarto