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People put on ventilators for covid-19 may need lengthy rehabilitation


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People put on ventilators for covid-19 may need lengthy rehabilitation

By Clare Wilson Healthcare systems need to prepare for the extensive rehabilitation that people put on ventilators for covid-19 will needDIEGO VARA/Reuters/PA ImagesHealth systems need to start ramping up services for helping people recover from intensive care treatment for coronavirus, doctors are warning. After spending several weeks on a ventilator, people will need extensive physical…

People put on ventilators for covid-19 may need lengthy rehabilitation

By Clare Wilson

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Healthcare systems need to prepare for the extensive rehabilitation that people put on ventilators for covid-19 will need

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Health systems need to start ramping up services for helping people recover from intensive care treatment for coronavirus, doctors are warning. After spending several weeks on a ventilator, people will need extensive physical and mental rehabilitation care for many weeks afterwards.

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“We’re going to have an epidemic of post-intensive-care rehab requirements for people who survived,” says Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care doctor in northeast England. “They’re not going to come back home well.”

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