Romanian doctor to use preventive treatment for COVID-19. Patients will get anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory medicine

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A Romanian doctor who gained attention after a high number of patients in his care recovered from COVID-19, says he is implementing a protocol to treat patients preventively, to stop their condition deteriorating.

Virgil Musta, the coordinator of the COVID-19 section at the Victor Babes Infectious Diseases Hospital in the city of Timisoara, said he had established a new medical protocol based on the latest international research into the potentially deadly virus.

He said that the virus became more dangerous when complications arose and patients needed to be admitted into intensive care.

More than half the patients who are put on ventilators don’t survive; while in some places the figure is much higher.

He said many patient deaths were caused by thrombosis or blood clotting.  “I have established a protocol in Timisoara where patients will treated with anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory medicine,” he said Friday.

“If you take act early enough, the patient won’t have to be admitted to intensive care,” he added. Medics and others sought advice from Musta after an estimated 300 patients that were treated in Victor Babes hospital recovered.

“My doctors have discussed with other hospitals and we’ll support hospitals where there are patients who don’t get a diagnostic for two or three days.

“Why shouldn’t they benefit from this therapy? They are modern anti-coagulants, pills.”

Medical research indicates that blood clotting is a key reason for respiratory failure, which stops the oxygenation of a person’s blood.

If patients are given anti-coagulants, which are used for people who have had strokes and heart attacks, it could prevent the risk of clotting.

A significant number of people with COVID-19 have blood clots

He said the protocol would reduce the number of patients needing intensive care, and thereby reduce the number of deaths,

“We are talking about an early pathogenic treatment, so the illness doesn’t advance… and lead to complications which lead to an aggravation of the disease and mortality.”

On Saturday, the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths rose to 579. A 21-year-old woman with underlying health conditions was among among the12 deaths reported Saturday. The number of total cases stood at 10,635.

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