ICU Preparedness during COVID-19

As the nation’s capital reiterates its decision of reserving 80% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients in private hospitals due to the surge in cases, a sense of caution flows across the nation’s healthcare community, to prepare for the challenges associated with rapid diagnosis, isolation, clinical management and infection prevention of the virus.…

The Power of Antigen Tests

The novel coronavirus conjures up such images of healthcare warriors inserting long pipe-like sticks with soft brushes up a nose and twirling it around for a few seconds. An extremely good specimen is apparently collected only when the swab goes far back for cells and fluids from the entire passageway that connects the base of…

Role of RT-PCR, ELISA IgG & Covid Antigen in Covid 19

Thanks to our technological advancements in diagnostics, we have made rapid progress in early diagnosis and contact tracing of the novel coronavirus. Three main tests have emerged as the gold standard in detection and treatment – the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), ELISA igG & Covid Antigen. RT-PCR Of the three, the extremely common…

COVID-19: An eye-opener for the Indian Healthcare sector?

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly overwhelmed healthcare systems around the world. And the healthcare system in India is no exception. With a population of over a billion people, the system is grappling to increase testing while curbing infection. And with the COVID-19 patients tally having crossed the five lakh mark, hospitals, both government and private,…