NIMS Hyderabad discover marker for critical Covid-19 cases
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Doctors treating Covid-19 patients at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad have come up with markers to identify red flag cases based on in-house studies and inputs from various other institutes and hospitals treating Covid-19 patients.

• The marker ‘neutrophils- lymphocyte ratio’ is indicative of a high load of infection and can be assessed through a basic blood test.

• This key red flag indicator has now been incorporated into the ‘treatment protocol of confirmed Covid- 19 hospitalized patients’ at NIMS.

• High risk suspected Covid-19 patients can be assessed at even primary health centers and other rural setups with a basic blood test which is routinely available.

• “If the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio goes beyond 3.5, it means there is increased infection and inflammation in the patient’s body,” said Dr. Srilatha Monigini, additional professor, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, NIMS.

• The marker, which can be used in the absence of Covid-19 tests, is especially useful in reducing mortality and morbidity in emergency cases.

• It is found to be very useful in assessing pregnant women where delay in the RT-PCR swab test can be dangerous.

“This will work as a marker for any new Covid patient as well and can be helpful in assessment in the rural set-up too,” added Dr. Monigini.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/doctors-discover-marker-for-critical-covid-19-cases/76423595
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