GPs contacting patients about ‘do not resuscitate’ forms

GPs contacting patients about ‘do not resuscitate’ forms. Over 80s and high-risk groups contacted about signing “do not attempt to resuscitate” forms Formal guidance says GPs should “proactively complete DNAR forms, in advance of a worsening spread of disease.” GPs are having the end of life conversations with their patients because of concerns over a lack of intensive care beds during the coronavirus crisis. Multiple GPs have told HSJ they are talking to patients who are older or in very high-risk groups about signing [...]

Coronavirus: Self-isolating London man runs half marathon on balcony

Coronavirus: Self-isolating London man runs half marathon on balcony. Quarantine could not stop one London man from achieving his goal of running a half marathon while supporting a good cause. Time spent self-isolating can be quite repetitive, but Sam Hustler has taken this monotony to new heights. The 27-year-old is running a half marathon for charity on his four-metre-long east London balcony. That's roughly 5,500 lengths each way. Mr Hustler had planned to join 14,000 other runners for the London Landmarks Half Marathon on [...]

Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid

Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid. JAMES TYE/UCL CPAP devices are less invasive than a ventilator A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week. University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already used in hospitals but are in short supply. China and Italy used them [...]

How the UK’s coronavirus epidemic compares to other countries

How the UK’s coronavirus epidemic compares to other countries. What can Italy's epidemic tells us about how the outbreak will unfold elsewhere? Deaths and confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK have been doubling every three days, and on Friday the country experienced its biggest increase in deaths so far. Models of the epidemic give very different estimates of its potential final death toll, from tens of thousands to one published on Friday that projected a figure of below 7,000. So how to [...]

Coronavirus cases in Africa pass 2,400 amid fears for health services

Coronavirus cases in Africa pass 2,400 amid fears for health services. Africa Coronavirus cases in Africa pass 2,400 amid fears for health services WHO says numbers likely to be significantly higher as South Africa imposes lockdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There are now more than 2,400 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Africa and growing warnings that the pandemic will cause major challenges for the continent’s under-resourced health services. World Health Organization officials have said the statistics are likely to significantly underestimate the true [...]