Covid has severely impacted the lives of comorbid patients and access to timely and quality care remains a challenge. Timely treatment by doctors at Sakra World Hospital in Bengaluru saved the life of 56-year-old Sreenivasan (name changed) who had recently undergone renal transplant. This patient was later infected with Covid.
When Sreenivasan contracted coronavirus and developed fever along with chills and shortness of breath, it was rather impossible to get an emergency bed in any city hospital at that time.
With a majority of hospitals being hesitant to take up such cases, his family was left helpless. To make it worse, his wife too was not well and could not accompany him to the hospital during his treatment. He was left solely to the care of the doctors and hospital staff who were made aware of his medical history, condition and the renal transplant that he underwent earlier.
Dr Sushma Rani R, Senior Consultant - Nephrology, and a team of doctors at Sakra World Hospital, said: "This patient was found to have low oxygen saturation - abnormal breath sounds indicating inflammation, fluid, or infection in the air sacs of the lung."
“He was immediately put on antiviral medications and covid infection specific targeted treatment. When his oxygen saturation level worsened, Sreenivasan was shifted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), his antibiotics were escalated and he was put on Non-Invasive Ventilation support. His family was constantly kept updated on the guarded prognosis,” explained Dr Rani R.
The patient responded to the treatment, showed signs of gradual improvement, his breathing difficulty reduced, saturation improved and blood and urine culture were negative. He was shifted back to the isolation ward, monitored for vitals and a repeat Covid-19 test conducted appeared negative.