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The role of laboratory testing in hospitalised and critically ill COVID-19-positive patients

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed healthcare resources around the world under immense pressure. South Africa, given the condition of its healthcare system, is particularly vulnerable. There has been much discussion around rational healthcare utilisation, ranging from diagnostic testing and personal protective equipment to triage and appropriate use of ventilation strategies. There has, however, been little guidance around use of laboratory tests once COVID-19 positive patients have been admitted to hospital. We present a working guide to rational laboratory test use, specifically for COVID-19, among hospitalised patients, including the critically ill. The specific tests, the reasons for testing, their clinical usefulness, timing and frequency are addressed. We also provide a discussion around evidence for the use of these tests from a clinical perspective.

Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital: MEDICAL SPECIALIST POST – Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Intensive Care

A medical Specialist post is available for an Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Intensive CareSpecialist at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.


22 JUNE 2020 Following the recently reported shocking manhandling of Dr Emmanuel Taban and his wife in…

CCSSA AGM Notice: Thursday 23 July on ZOOM

Dear CCSSA Member The development and spread of the novel coronavirus, has totally changed the world and…

International Nurses Day 11 May

Thank you to all those nurses working with the critically ill during the COVID-19 pandemic. CCSSA salutes…

WFICC Newsletter May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed lives around the world and many lives have been lost. Critical care providers have been on the front lines of caring for the most severely ill patients often with limited protective equipment and insufficient ventilators and medications to optimally care for patients. Intensive care is being delivered in alternative sites within hospitals and in rapidly constructed or adapted sites outside hospitals.

WFICC SURVEY: To examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

The WFICC is assisting with the dissemination of a brief survey to examine the effects of the…

SURVEY Invitation: Sedation and Analgesia during end of life care.

You are  invited to participate in a short survey on sedation and analgesic practices in ICU at…

South African Guidelines on the Determination of Death: Call for Comment

The Critical Care Society of Southern Africa has undertaken a process to compile South African Guidelines on…

COVID-19 – Why Triage and Mask Decontamination

“WHY TRIAGE?” – a battle plan for COVID 19  This is a video presentation by Dr Mike…