Mayo Clinic Talks COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 14: An Overview of Pulmonary Critical Care for COVID-19 Patients

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast #149

COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 14: An Overview of Pulmonary Critical Care for COVID-19 Patients

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COVID-19 information evolves daily.  The views and perspectives shared in these resources are presented based on information available at the time of recording.
Recorded April, 2020

For the most up to date information visit:

CDC - Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization's Country & Technical Guidance - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
AskMayoExpert COVID-19 Navigator
COVID-19 Online Education, Resources and Updates

Guest: Alexander S. Niven, M.D. (@niven_alex)Host: Amit K. Ghosh, M.D., M.B.A. (@AmitGhosh006)

When a patient presents with dyspnea how can we reliably predict who will progress to respiratory failure? How can phenotypes of disease progression be utilized for optimizing selection of treatment modalities? Dr. Alex Niven discusses Fleischner Society recommendations for imaging as a COVID-19 screening tool, cytokine storm, ventilator-associated lung injury, ICU delirium, and humanity in critical care.

Deeper Dive:

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Resources for Providers

Fleischner Society Guidelines
Rubin G, Haramati L, Kanne J, et al. The role of chest imaging in patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational consensus statement from the Fleischner Society. Radiology. 2020 April 07; p.201365.

The Berlin Definition
The ARDS Definition Task Force. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: The Berlin Definition. JAMA. 2012;307(23):2526–2533. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5669



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This course is intended for primary care providers: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast episode, learners should be able to:

  • Recall the recommendations for utilization of imaging as a screening tool for COVID-19
  • Recall evidence-based recommendations for proning in the setting of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Recall recommendations around the use of corticosteroids as a treatment modality for COVID-19
  • Recall the role, degree, and duration of hypoxemia as a driver in the significance of respiratory failure in COVID-19
  • Recall the impact high-level infection control practices and isolation can have on the development of post-ICU care syndrome

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  • 0.75 Attendance
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  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.75 Attendance


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