COVID-19 Advice From the Front Lines

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COVID Beyond the ICU: Management of Post-COVID-19 Pulmonary Disease

Recorded: April 14, 2022

A panel of international experts discuss the delayed manifestations of pulmonary disease from COVID-19. This webinar focuses on signs and symptoms of post-COVID-19 pulmonary disease, tools for evaluation, and the emerging data on management strategies.

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education

Recorded: March 24, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic affected medical education in multiple ways, as trainees, educators, and training programs had to adapt rapidly to the public health measures. In this webinar, panelists reflect on the impact of the pandemic, share the lessons learned, and discuss the future of medical education in the post-pandemic era.

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Where Did Our ICU Staff Go? Staffing Challenges During and After the Pandemic

Recorded: March 10, 2022

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, early limitations in ventilators and PPE have been replaced by acute shortages of clinical staff. Surveys of critical care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists reveal that high numbers have left or will leave their professions in the near term. In this webinar, our expert panelists discuss the sources of ICU staff shortage, the contribution of pandemic burnout, and the ways that we can support one another while rebuilding our health systems for the future.

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Oral Antivirals for COVID-19

Recorded: January 27, 2022

Oral antiviral agents may be a promising tool to reduce hospitalizations and death in patients with COVID-19. New data and research about these therapies are emerging. In this webinar, experts discuss oral antiviral agents for COVID-19 and the uses of these medications.

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ECMO for Severe COVID-19: Clinical Controversies and Lessons Learned

Recorded: January 13, 2022

ECMO use expanded greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite this increased use, outcomes have been mixed. The use of this technique also requires substantial resources from health systems that are already stressed. In this webinar, ARDS experts discuss the challenges of caring for the sickest patients with COVID-19. They also review the most recent lessons learned regarding patient selection and duration of treatment for COVID-19 ECMO.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: An Update for the Pulmonologist

Recorded: December 2, 2021

It has now been a year since the first vaccines against COVID-19 have become available, providing the world with our best defense against the pandemic. In this session, our expert panelists review the current state of the science on vaccines, variants, boosters, and emerging strategies to protect our most vulnerable patients. Additionally, they address strategies to reduce vaccine hesitancy in our patients and other health care workers.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis After COVID-19: Treatments and Transplant

Recorded: October 28, 2021

Hear from pulmonologists about the outlook of post-COVID chronic lung disease, including a discussion of what we understand about the factors that contribute to the development of post-COVID fibrosis, the role of emerging therapies such as antifibrotics and antiinflammatory agents, and when to consider lung transplantation.

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COVID-19 in India: What Strategies Worked and What Could Have Been Handled Better

Recorded: September 16, 2021

This webinar reviews the challenges and triumphs in India’s approach to COVID-19 and lessons for public health in the Indian context. Hear how global collaborations helped India respond to COVID-19 and understand areas of opportunity to strengthen these collaborations for future pandemics.

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Management of Severe COVID-19 in Peru: From Evidence to Clinical Practice

Recorded: August 18, 2021

In this webinar, experts in the field of critical care medicine share their experiences managing patients with severe COVID-19 in Peru, with an emphasis on controversial topics, while answering questions from the audience.

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Treating COVID-19 in Resource-Limited Settings: Brazil

Recorded: August 5, 2021

Medical resources are scarce in Brazil. The scarcity and inequality of distribution were highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, we talk to three physicians who were at the front line during the pandemic and learn how they managed their patients and the resources available to them.

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Updates on Coma Science and Sedation Practices for Patients With COVID-19 and Beyond

Recorded: July 15, 2021

Coma science is a rapidly evolving field. In this episode, expert panelists share how our understanding of coma and consciousness recovery is changing for patients with and without COVID-19. They also discuss how COVID-19 forced us to rethink and adapt sedation practices for critically ill patients and how this may have contributed to increasing delirium and disorders of consciousness.

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PTSD and Moral Distress in Patients and Providers – Recognition and Tools to Help

Recorded: July 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic created numerous circumstances that placed people into morally and ethically challenging situations that have caused moral distress and even moral injury for some. The pandemic has also negatively impacted mental health for a large number of people. In this webinar, hear about key findings regarding moral distress, moral injury, and mental health affecting both patients and health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as information on resources that can help.

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COVID-19: How Did 1918 Prepare Us for Today? How Will 2020-2021 Prepare Us for Tomorrow?

Recorded: June 24, 2021

The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 has in many ways guided the public health, economic, and social responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Most of those “lessons learned” proved useful, many perhaps not, and certainly, some have been controversial. This episode examines historical lessons from 1918, how they played out for COVID-19, and how these two pandemics will help us (hopefully) prepare for the next one.

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Managing Pulmonary Complications From Cancer During the Pandemic and Beyond: Pleural Effusion, Airway Obstruction, and Pneumonitis

Recorded: June 10, 2021

Expert interventional pulmonologists and medical oncologists discuss the management of malignant pleural effusion, airway obstruction, and immune-related pneumonitis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists review the literature on these topics and share their own personal and institutional experiences.

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COVID-19: Maximizing Utility While Conserving Resources

Recorded: May 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic in India has stretched health care resources to the limit. In this webinar, experts share strategies for maximizing limited resources, oxygen conservation evidence, and how to build up capacity in preparation for the next wave—as well as what people overseas can do to help.

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COVID-19 Resurgence: What's Different This Time Around?

Recorded: May 13, 2021

In this webinar, experts from countries facing the new wave of COVID-19 discuss if the surges seen in certain countries are simply an increase in the number of cases, or if there are new features of the disease for which we should be prepared.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Children

Recorded: April 29, 2021

Children have been less impacted by the pandemic than adults, but its direct and indirect effects still have been significant. Additionally, a newly identified hyperinflammatory syndrome, MIS-C, has caused multisystem critical illness in some children. In this webinar, an expert panel reviews the impacts of COVID-19 on children, including the clinical manifestations and potential etiologies of MIS-C and the indirect effects of the pandemic.

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Challenges to Recovery: COVID-19 and Beyond

Recorded: April 15, 2021

As we move into the second year of the pandemic, health care workers and the general public across the globe are struggling to get back to normalcy. In this webinar, our expert panelists discuss how to safely reopen clinical practices and how the public can safely engage in health-promoting activities, like exercise and travel, as we prepare for a future beyond COVID-19.

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Update on Anticoagulation in COVID-19

Recorded: April 1, 2021

Patients with COVID-19 have an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), but the best strategy for the prevention and care of VTE remains elusive. Observational studies have suggested that empiric full anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 is ineffective or indeed harmful. Recently, however, multiple large platform trials (ACTIV-4a, ATTACC, and REMAP-CAP) have provided surprising new evidence in favor of full anticoagulation in selected populations. In this CHEST webinar, our panel of experts review the newest data and provide insights on how we can best care for patients in this next phase of the pandemic.

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Building Trust: COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Among Clinicians

Recorded: March 18, 2021

The past 12 months have brought incredible loss, but there are glimmers of hope as multiple vaccines have received emergency use authorization. However, potential side effects, lack of diversity in clinical trials, access issues, and new COVID-19 variants have created hesitancy among some clinicians. In this webinar, panelists address clinician vaccine hesitancy and how to build trust within and among our professions.

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COVID-19 Therapeutics: What Do the Guidelines Say?

Recorded: March 11, 2021

Several prominent COVID-19 guideline panels have updated their recommendations for the use of tocilizumab, remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies, and other therapeutics in patients with COVID-19. This webinar highlights key takeaways from the National Institutes of Health, European Respiratory Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 guidelines.

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Bronchoscopy and Tracheostomy During COVID-19: What Have We Learned in the Past Year?

Recorded: February 25, 2021

In this webinar, learn when and how to safely perform bronchoscopy and tracheostomy in patients with COVID-19. A multi- and cross-disciplinary panel of speakers will discuss the existing guidelines and consensus statements, review recent publications, and share their own personal and institutional experience.

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Challenges in Immunizing a Global Population

Recorded: February 11, 2021

Managing COVID-19 patients and now immunizing the population has been an evolving problem over the last several months. The challenges facing clinicians and leaders have been especially difficult for those in resource-poor and low/middle-income countries. This webinar seeks to highlight those issues while discussing opportunities for success in these settings.

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Rehabilitation, Recovery, and Resilience After COVID-19

Recorded: February 4, 2021

Survivors of COVID-19 may have continued health issues—both physical and mental—after their initial recovery. Chronic critical illness, depression, and fatigue are all common and require dedicated care. This webinar brings together leaders with diverse viewpoints to help us better understand and prepare for challenges in rehabilitation and recovery and to promote resilience among COVID-19 survivors.

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COVID-19 in Congregate Settings

Recorded: January 28, 2021

COVID-19 outbreaks are sadly frequent occurrences in long-term care facilities and correctional institutions. Despite their obvious differences, these settings share a key feature: Large numbers of potentially vulnerable persons placed in close proximity, with a high risk for viral transmission. In this webinar, our expert panel discusses the different strategies that health systems and public health authorities can use to protect and care for people in these congregate settings.

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Lessons About COVID-19 Survivorship: From Long COVID to Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Recorded: January 21, 2021

This webinar focuses on the similarities and differences between "long COVID" and other post-viral syndromes for noncritically ill patients, potential management strategies for long COVID, and how long COVID could affect young, healthy individuals. For critically ill patients, the panelists discuss similarities, differences, and potential management strategies for post-intensive care syndrome.

Supported in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

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Who Goes First? Ethics and Impact of Targeted Vaccinations for COVID-19

Recorded: January 7, 2021

As the initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines are deployed throughout the world, there is a continued debate on which groups should be next in line for vaccination. This webinar features an expert panel discussing the rationale and ethical dilemmas of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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Hindsight Is 20/20 – What We've Learned About COVID-19 (Part III: Ethics, Research, and Communication)

Recorded: December 17, 2020

In the final installment of this three-part series on what the medical community has learned about COVID-19 over the past year, listen to experts discuss the ethics of care in crisis, conducting research during a pandemic, and how science communications have changed.

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Hindsight Is 20/20 – What We've Learned About COVID-19 (Part II: Bedside Care)

Recorded: December 10, 2020

In the second installment of this three-part series on what the medical community has learned about COVID-19 over the past year, hear about the evolution of critical care management, respiratory support strategies, COVID-19-targeted therapies, and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

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Hindsight Is 20/20 – What We've Learned About COVID-19 (Part I: Systems of Care)

Recorded: December 3, 2020

While much is still unknown about COVID-19, the medical community has made significant strides throughout 2020 in its understanding of this disease, as well as how health-care systems can adapt to better care for patients. In the first installment of this three-part series, hear from clinicians who have spent months on the COVID-19 front lines about changes to systems/ICU organization, visitation and family-centered care, and medical education.

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Small Military Teams Deploying to COVID Hot Zones

Recorded: November 19, 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the US military has deployed teams to support health systems that have been hit the hardest by surging cases of disease. In this episode, expert panelists discuss lessons learned during these deployments, principles for providing care in resource-limited settings, and ways to integrate new teams within existing systems.

This program was made possible by an independent grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who provided financial support for the program.

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Managing COVID-19 in Special Populations

Recorded: November 12, 2020

The management of COVID-19 in certain patient populations requires special considerations. In this webinar, join our experts for a discussion on COVID-19 care for patients with autoimmune disease, pregnant women, and patients with malignancies.

This program was made possible by an independent grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who provided financial support for the program.

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COVID-19 Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Recorded: November 5, 2020

We are all aware of the difficulties of COVID-19 in the United States, and previous CHEST webinars have featured speakers from some of the country’s hardest-hit areas. However, the US has an advantage in that financial resources are abundant. In this webinar, some of the world’s leading intensivists from low- and middle-income countries discuss the special challenges that they have faced on the COVID-19 front lines, talk about what their countries are doing to combat the disease, and explore the impact of COVID-19 on their flu season as they are emerging from winter into spring.

This program was made possible by an independent grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who provided financial support for the program.

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The COVID-19 News You Need From CHEST 2020

Recorded: October 29, 2020

This year’s CHEST Annual Meeting program featured a wide variety of sessions designed to keep clinicians up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 science and patient care. Listen as a panel of experts discusses highlights, key takeaways, and important insights from the COVID-19 presentations at CHEST 2020.

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Lung Transplantation in the Era of COVID-19

Recorded: October 8, 2020

This webinar discusses various aspects of lung transplantation in the era of COVID-19, including lung transplantation donation during COVID-19, the management and outcome of lung transplant recipients with COVID-19, and lung transplantation for COVID-19-related respiratory failure.

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Living 6 Feet Apart: Experiences With COVID-19 From the CF Community

Recorded: September 24, 2020

Infection prevention is not a new concept for the cystic fibrosis (CF) community, but COVID-19 is different. This webinar highlights how the CF Foundation, the Care Center Network, patients, and families partnered together in response to the challenges of life during a pandemic.

Critical Care, Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine Coding and Billing During the Pandemic and Beyond

Recorded: September 17, 2020

COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges, which led to innovative and expanded clinical services. This webinar highlights opportunities in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine with associated coding and billing requirements in 2020 and some anticipated changes for 2021.

How Do I Know It’s COVID-19? A Discussion About Available Testing Strategies and Future Directions

Recorded: September 10, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread across the world, the ability to understand the spread of the virus in our communities, as well as diagnose the patient right in front of us, has been a challenge. Molecular, antigen, and antibody tests are now widely available, and the FDA recently approved the SalivaDirect test, which offers a rapid and inexpensive option for testing. Hear from the experts about the current state and future directions for testing for COVID-19.

Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded: September 3, 2020

In this webinar, learn how to manage patients with suspected or confirmed lung cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. A multidisciplinary panel of speakers discuss diagnosis and staging, alterations to standard treatment strategies, and more.

Teaching Through Chaos: Fellowship Learning During Pandemic Surges

Recorded: August 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of American life, and postgraduate medical education is not an exception. PCCM fellowship directors and their fellows discuss the challenges and opportunities, setbacks, and innovations.

COVID-19 Clinical Trial Update: Drugs, Vaccines, and Thrombosis

Recorded: August 20, 2020

The pace of COVID-19 research continues to move at an unprecedented speed. In this webinar, expert panelists present the current state of high-quality data for the practicing clinician.

COVID-19 in Rural America: Challenges, Solutions, and Tele-ICU Support

Recorded: August 13, 2020

This webinar outlines the challenges of providing critical care to rural/resource-constrained America and additional issues faced due to COVID-19 as experienced in rural New England and Texas. Experts provide support solutions for patients and providers, including the use of tele-ICU in these settings.

Acute and Long-term Neurological Implications of COVID-19

Recorded: August 6, 2020

Acute hypoxemic respiratory failure is the calling card of COVID-19, but there are detrimental effects on the central nervous system, including numerous organs. In this webinar, experts in ICU sedation, neurointensive care, and postcritical care outcomes discuss issues related to the sedation of ventilated COVID-19 patients, acute direct and indirect neurological effects, chronic neurological recovery, and the interplay of all three.

Crisis Standards of Care in COVID-19

Recorded: July 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge at a catastrophic rate, many health-care systems have been placed under a significant degree of strain. The experience in New York City taught us that existing guidelines regarding crisis standards of care (CSC) are difficult to operationalize, might not be nimble enough, and many frontline decisions regarding resource allocation are made subjectively. This webinar describes crisis CSC, identifies current vulnerabilities, and provides ideas on how to approach CSC in the setting of an ongoing pandemic.

Coronavirus in Houston — Report From the Front Lines

Recorded: July 10, 2020

CHEST Past President Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, Master FCCP, of Baylor College of Medicine is interviewed by JAMA Editor-in-Chief Howard Bauchner, MD, about the surge and ICU management of COVID-19 patients in Houston, Texas. They discuss availability of testing, COVID-19 treatments and therapies, protocols for proning, off-label use of heparin and inhaled budesonide, and thoughts on the weeks ahead.

Approach to Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Recorded: July 9, 2020

Moderator Viren Kaul, MD, and expert panel members Alice Gallo De Moraes, MD; Vikramjit Mukherjee, MD, MBBS; and Nida Qadir, MD, discuss updates in the management of hypoxia in patients with COVID-19 based on emerging evidence and experience gained during the pandemic. The panel covers assessment and the role of various invasive and noninvasive interventions when managing critically ill patients with COVID-19.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Recorded: July 2, 2020

In May, the CDC issued a national health advisory on a newly reported multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. This syndrome presented with fever, shock, and signs of hyperinflammation, and temporally occurred 2-4 weeks following COVID-19 exposure. In this webinar, panelists discuss this newly identified syndrome, its presentation, clinical course, potential pathophysiology, and potential treatment options.

Racism, COVID, and CHEST: A Candid Fireside Discussion on Whiteness, Inequity, and a Path Forward

Recorded: June 25, 2020

This webinar examines why COVID-19 has impacted the African-American community and other communities of color so intensely. Panelists discuss the history of racism in medicine, with particular attention to racism within chest medicine, and how that history established the reality seen today with the pandemic. They also talk about whiteness and the continued support of systemic racism within medicine and how to move forward with systemic change.

Bronchoscopy and Tracheostomy During COVID-19: Take-home Messages From the Expert Panel Reports

Recorded: June 18, 2020

In conjunction with interventional pulmonology societies, CHEST has developed and published two expert panel reports outlining strategies for performing bronchoscopy and tracheostomy during COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar addresses questions regarding indications, the role of preprocedure testing, optimal timing, location and techniques for minimizing the risk of infection to health care workers.

Virchow's Triad and the Perfect Storm: VTE in Patients With COVID-19

Recorded: June 11, 2020

Moderator Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP, interviews Lisa Moores, MD, FCCP, and other authors of the recently published "Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with COVID-19: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report."

ICU/Hospital Discharge: Where Do the Patients Go?

Recorded: June 4, 2020

Moderator De De Gardner, DrPH, RRT, FCCP, and a panel of interprofessional, interdisciplinary health-care providers discuss their discharge criteria or processes within health-care facilities, and from health-care facilities to long-term care facilities, for patients identified as COVID-19-positive.

Personal COVID-19 Experiences Webinar

Recorded: May 21, 2020

Moderators Casey Cable, MD, MSc, and Steven Simpson, MD, FCCP, interview physicians on the front lines of the COVID epidemic in New York and New Jersey, who share their stories and challenges.

COVID-19 Journal Club

Recorded: May 14, 2020

Management of Lung Nodules and Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CHEST Expert Panel Report

COVID-19: Is It Viral Sepsis or Something More?

Recorded: May 7, 2020

Panelists Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD, FCCP, and Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, and moderators Casey Cable, MD, MSc, and Christopher Carroll, MD, FCCP, have a pro/con discussion on whether COVID-19 is viral sepsis or something more or different.

COVID-19 Clinical Trials: Current Outcomes and Future Expectations

Recorded: April 30, 2020

Panelists Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP, and Antonio Anzueto, MD, and moderator Holly Keyt, MD, FCCP, discuss the current knowledge of COVID-19 therapeutics based on recently concluded and still-in-progress national trials.

Acute Respiratory Failure in COVID-19: Part II Webinar

Recorded: April 23, 2020

Panelists John Kress, MD, FCCP; Kelly Cawcutt, MD; and Jasmine Marcelin, MD, and moderator Viren Kaul, MD continue the conversation around patient management in cases of COVID-19 characterized by acute respiratory failure. Panelists will focus on questions that came in during and after the initial webinar held on April 9. This follow-up webinar centers on diagnosis and treatment protocols, as well as patient management in COVID-19 cases.

Women & Pulmonary Virtual Happy Hour

Recorded: April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. In this hour-long virtual happy hour, we come together to share #wellnesswednesday. The panelists discuss how COVID-19 has impacted them clinically and personally and what lessons they’ve learned as female clinicians during this time.

Triage of Critical Care Resources During COVID-19 Webinar

Recorded: April 16, 2020

Authors from the article in press, Triage of Scarce Critical Care Resources in COVID-19: An Implementation Guide for Regional Allocation, discuss how to implement a system that maximizes benefits to the greatest number of critical care patients. Stemming from CHEST’s 2014 consensus statement on the Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters, hear suggestions that consider the particular constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acute Respiratory Failure in COVID-19

Recorded: April 9, 2020

Panelists John Kress, MD, FCCP, Kelly Cawcutt, MD, and Jasmine Marcelin, MD, and moderator Viren Kaul, MD, FCCP, address key questions around patient management, including use of chest CTs, intubation, administration of steroids and more.

The Experience From Front-Line Leaders in China: Session 1: Strategies for Controlling the Pandemic

Hear Chen Wang, MD, PhD, FCCP, describe how the Fangcang Shelter hospitals were employed for the admission of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients to stem infection spread. Jieming Qu, MD, PhD, highlights the approach used in Shanghai, which successfully suppressed the curve and demonstrates a strategy for a city-wide defense.

Moderated by Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP; Renli Qiao, MD, FCCP; and Christopher Carroll, MD, FCCP

Speaker Bios:

Chen Wang, MD, PhD, FCCP, President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, President of Chinese Association of Chest Physicians, Honorary President of the Chinese Thoracic Society. Dr. Wang is stationed in Wuhan for the COVID-19 epidemic and is still there. He invented the idea of the Fangcang Shelter Hospital which is the crucial step that has brought the disastrous epidemic in Wuhan under control.

Jieming Qu, MD, PhD, Professor of PCCM in Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai. President of Chinese Thoracic Society. Dr Qu developed his career in pulmonary infections and is one of the experts in the action against COVID-19 in Shanghai. Shanghai, a metropolitan with population of 22 million and expected to be the second disaster area, had only 400 cases and 4 deaths.

The Experience From Front-Line Leaders in China: Session 2: Strategies for Patient Management

Listen as Bin Cao, MD, PhD, provides an overview of the journey toward treatment, including a review of the important clinical trials underway and the current progress. Qingyuan Zhan, MD, discusses key protocols in the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and the protection of health-care providers.

Moderated by Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP; Renli Qiao, MD, FCCP; and Christopher Carroll, MD, FCCP

Speaker Bios:

Bin Cao, MD, PhD, Vice President of China-Japan Hospital, Executive Chief of the National Center for Respiratory Diseases in Beijing. Dr. Cao was among the first medical professionals stationed in Wuhan to bolster the health-care system in the city and efforts against COVID-19. He is the principle investigator of several major clinical trials for antiviral agents, including remdesivir and lopinavir/ritonavir.

Qingyuan Zhan, MD, Chief of the Medical ICU for China-Japan Hospital in Beijing, and Chair of the Critical Care Committee, Chinese Association of Chest Physicians. Dr. Zhan is a leading expert in the field of critical care medicine, with a focus on ECMO use. During the epidemic, he went to Wuhan, practicing in the hospital designated for the sickest group of patients with COVID-19. He is still in Wuhan.

Managing Clinics in the Time of COVID-19

Martha Billings, MD, MSc and Renea Jablonski, MD compare their experiences in managing outpatient pulmonary clinics as they transition to remote telemedicine care (Recorded March 19, 2020).

  • Transitioning from in-person clinic to telemedicine
  • Triaging patients in-clinic with suspected COVID-19 symptoms and reducing staff exposure
  • Treatment management of outpatients with COVID-19
  • Staffing logistics during transition and quarantines
  • Recommendations to peers to help prepare their clinics

Key Takeaway: Be flexible and forward-thinking to prepare your clinic for the remote transition, surges in patient numbers, and staff shortages and safety.

Managing Patient Ramp-Up in the Time of COVID-19

Mangala Narasimhan, DO, FCCP, discusses her experience ramping up to manage patients with COVID-19, with Bhakti Patel, MD (Recorded March 16, 2020)

  • Use PPE and isolation precautions for any patient presenting with respiratory symptoms – not doing so risks viral spread.
  • Patients whose condition is deteriorating rapidly pass quickly through the phase when HFNC or NIPPV can be helpful. Consider moving from NRB face mask directly to intubation.
  • Most intubated patients respond well to PEEP; lungs are relatively compliant compared with other causes of ARDS. Recovery is prolonged.
  • Plan now for short supplies, tired and inadvertently exposed and quarantined staff, and what rooms seriously and critically ill patients will occupy.

Key takeaway: however many patients you’re expecting, double it. And, have a plan for protecting personnel during intubations.

Managing Patients with Respiratory Conditions in the Time of COVID-19

Steven Simpson, MD, FCCP, talks to a front-line clinician about her experience managing a COVID-19 case that was caught days after the patient was admitted to the hospital.

  • Patient was admitted with symptoms of cough and fever, for possible COPD exacerbation or pneumonia.
  • The patient’s condition deteriorated and patient was transferred to the ICU and mechanically ventilated for ARDS, but COVID-19 testing was not performed initially.
  • Once tested, results were positive for SARS COV-2, and airborne and contact precautions were put in place.
  • Personnel were lost to quarantine.

Key Takeaway: It is important to consider patients with any respiratory symptoms and fever for COVID-19 and take precautionary measures among hospital staff, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when managing the patient.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound in COVID-19

Nilam J. Soni, MD, MS, discusses use of point-of-care ultrasound in COVID-19 based on his experience at South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

  • COVID-19 is difficult to diagnose because symptoms aren’t shown until about 5.1 days after getting the virus.
  • After onset of symptoms, patients are taking a long time to recover that is backing up the hospitals.
  • American College of Radiology recommendations change on a daily basis for how to manage patients with suspected COVID-19 infection.
  • Dr. Soni discusses best practices for using ultrasound in directing COVID-19 patients.
  • Dr. Mangala Narasimhan discusses her experience treating patients with COVID-19 at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Key Takeaway: Comparing regular/irregular lung ultrasound patterns through point-of-care ultrasound applications are an important tool to aid in diagnosing and managing COVID-19 patients.

Ramping-Up to Manage Patients with COVID-19

Andrew Klein, MS, RT, discusses his experience ramping up to manage patients with COVID-19 with Victor Test, MD, FCCP. (Recorded March 26, 2020)

  • After half of one shift, preparations already in place for years for Ebola turned out to be insufficient for COVID-19.
  • Rethinking how space and staff are used is key for preparation for the surge of COVID-19 patients. The medical ICU is now fully dedicated to treatment of patients with COVID-19. Surgical ICU staff have been flexed to support MICU now.
  • Fast-tracking new prone positioning protocols was immediately necessary. Staff completed rapid-fire training as first COVID-19 patients were admitted. In 3 to 4 days, 15 patients needed to be intubated.
  • All therapies continue are used according to published guidelines. An institutional protocol has been developed including from management of fluids and steroids to ventilator management. Early intubation, early prone positioning, and high levels of PEEP have been seen to be most effective.

Key Takeaway: Every team will have unique issues according to their situation. Open collaboration and communication among providers and teams is necessary for success.


Project ECHO COVID-19 Response

CHEST is a collaborating organization of Project ECHO, which offers COVID-19 telementoring programs for health care providers. Visit the Project ECHO COVID-19 Response page to view past webinars and sign up to receive notices about upcoming events.