MedPage Today March 19, 2020
Nicole Lou, Staff Writer

— Tips from Chinese doctors on the front lines

Better to start extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) sooner rather than later, and hold back on sending older physicians into the wards — these were among the lessons shared by Chinese doctors treating severe cases of COVID-19 during a Thursday webinar sponsored by the American College of Cardiology.

The case of a 31-year-old male Wuhan resident illustrated just how easily COVID-19 can progress to multi-organ dysfunction, according to Chinese doctors who arrived in Wuhan 6 weeks ago to help combat the pandemic.

The patient had complained of 3 weeks of intermittent fever and coughing when he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Medications he was given in the hospital included treatments for his diabetes...