Will COVID-19 forever change our view on which conditions need critical care?

There are many words that have been used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic but in this short blog we want to focus on two: ‘unprecedented’ and ‘portal’. The former has been used to describe our current state of being: our lack of preparedness, the newness of our experience, the vulnerability and uncertainty that we feel … Continue reading “Will COVID-19 forever change our view on which conditions need critical care?”

Malaria vaccination – the prize is priceless

On World Malaria Day 2020, we’re sharing a blog authored by Dr Simon Cotton, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, on whether the challenges of developing a vaccine are too large to confront. Malaria is a killer. It’s famous victims Tutankhamun, Alexander the Great, Dante and Oliver Cromwell down to Byron and David Livingstone. We still … Continue reading “Malaria vaccination – the prize is priceless”

Altruism and solidarity – an argument FOR wearing face masks in the community

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, a much debated issue continues to be the use of face masks by otherwise healthy individuals in the community – something that is yet to be recommended by either the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). Increasingly, other countries are not only advising but requiring their citizens … Continue reading “Altruism and solidarity – an argument FOR wearing face masks in the community”

UoB student joins global response to anosmia in COVID-19 patients

People with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 have been urged to participate in survey on smell loss. Following reports from patients and clinicians about rapid onset smell loss, health organisations throughout the world have recognised anosmia as a marker for the COVID-19, even in the absence of other symptoms. Scientists worldwide have united as the Global … Continue reading “UoB student joins global response to anosmia in COVID-19 patients”

Right kit, right time: medical device specialists supporting NHS

Medical device specialists have joined together to support the supply and deployment of vital medical equipment into the healthcare system. The aim is to support healthcare providers in ordering new devices such as ventilators, infusion pumps, dialysis and critical care equipment that is fit for purpose and appropriate for use in treating COVID-19 patients. Activities … Continue reading “Right kit, right time: medical device specialists supporting NHS”