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FUTURE TRENDS
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156-158

Could tracheo-bronchial ultraviolet C irradiation be a valuable adjunct in the management of severe COVID-19 pulmonary infections?


Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_19_20

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The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc as it mercilessly devastates communities around the world, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable populations. Thus far, other than high-acuity mechanical ventilatory support and traditional critical care management strategies, there are no proven or effective ways of lessening the impact of COVID-19 pulmonary infection and the associated acute respiratory distress syndrome. This article outlines a proposal for repeated short-term tracheo-bronchial application of ultraviolet C irradiation as a potential adjunctive treatment option for tracheally intubated patients suffering from severe COVID-19 infections. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Patient care.


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