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Penn Leads U.S. Component for Pathbreaking intubateCOVID Global Registry

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Under the leadership of anesthesiologist Mark Neuman, MD, Penn Medicine is participating in intubateCOVID, a global registry designed to protect health care providers who intubate patients with COVID-19, a global registry designed to protect health care providers who intubate patients with COVID-19 and quantify their personal risk of disease development.

What is intubateCOVID?

The intubateCOVID registry tracks global patterns in airway management activity and personal protective equipment (PPE) use to help inform COVID-19 care and health policies in the United States and beyond. IntubateCOVID will use previously identified global patterns to quantify the personal risk of COVID-19 disease development in U.S. providers.

IntubateCOVID was first established in the United Kingdom to track exposures and outcomes among providers who perform intubations in confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The registry is entirely voluntary.

Dr. Neuman is the Horatio C. Wood Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, and a practicing anesthesiologist. Dr Neuman is the national lead for the registry. The Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation within the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will serve as the national coordinating center for the intubateCOVID registry in the United States.

Protecting Providers Who Intubate COVID-19 Patients

Physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, anesthesiologist assistants, and other health care providers who perform airway management are encouraged to submit information on every intubation they perform on patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. This data may include airway technique, type of personal PPE used, and other specific details. In the following days and weeks, providers may add any new symptoms they experience or—in some cases—a diagnosis of COVID-19.

In a recent interview, Dr. Neuman noted the high risk posed to health care professionals from exposure to COVID-19 patients’ airways during breathing tube placement, and elaborated on the core mission of the registry.

“In order to inform and best protect clinicians performing these procedures, it’s imperative we understand how participating in intubation procedures may be linked to an individual’s risk of developing COVID-19,” he said. “Our goal is to rapidly capture and analyze large-scale data to identify whether these providers are at an elevated risk and, if so, whether the use of specific techniques or PPE helps to reduce that risk.”

Getting Global Data on COVID-19 

To date, the intubateCOVID registry is live in eight countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Canada. Data on more than 1,550 intubations is now available, and additional countries are expected to launch the registry in the near future. 

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