Canadian research team comes up with new coronavirus treatment method

Canadian research team comes up with new coronavirus treatment method

- A group of researchers in Canada has come up with a way to use modified dialysis to treat coronavirus patients

- In its first treatment phase, the group succeeded to drastically reduce the death rate of a patient from 98% to 30%

- The head of the research team, Chris Mcintyre, said that the method is a way of treating the patient's blood outside of their body

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A team of medical researchers based in London Ontario, Canada, has found a new way to manage a coronavirus patient through a new form of dialysis.

Based at the Lawson Health Research Institute and led by Dr Chirs Mcintyre, the team came up with the modified method after they saw that a new kind of treatment is necessary, especially for patients needing intensive care, CTV News reports.

“This led to the idea of treating a patient’s blood outside of the body. We could reprogram white blood cells associated with inflammation to alter the immune response,” McIntyre said.

The team was able to successfully treat a patient with his new method last week as the person struggled with multiple organ failure.

Macintyre said that before treating the person, there was a 98% mortality rate but after the treatment was concluded, that reduced to 30%.

Briefly.co.za learned that though the patient is still very much in intensive care and needing organ support, it was obvious that his condition relatively improved.

A picture showing Chris Mcintyre in a hospital. Photo source: CTV News

A picture showing Chris Mcintyre in a hospital. Photo source: CTV News
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The head doctor said the use of a dialysis machine is a way of making use of readily available resources to combat the deadly virus.

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“The ultimate goal is to improve patient survival and lessen their dependency on oxygen and ventilation,” said McIntyre

It should be noted that the normal form of dialysis is the process of getting out excess water and toxins from the blood in a situation where the kidneys are too weak to perform the function.

The trial method reportedly got to its treatment phase 40 days after the idea was first conceived.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that a group of Indonesian engineers did not leave any stone unturned as they were able to create an affordable ventilator in two months, hoping it would go a long way in winning the war against coronavirus.

The country is facing a shortage of equipment like many nations of the world are as cases of the pandemic rise.

The ventilator was made with local household materials such as plastic drinking cups. The team leader of the 40 engineers from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Syarif Hidayat, confirmed so.

The institute is working on selling the ventilators for $1 000 (R18 500), which according to Syarif will be less than the usual $20,000 (R369 000) to $25,000 (R461 000) of the device.

He also spoke about how the ventilator is simply built to be different from the ones seen in the intensive care unit. It should be noted that the country cases of infection have passed 12,000 as it rations 8,413 ventilators in 2,867 hospitals.

The team of engineers will be working with the state-owned aircraft manufacturer, Dirgantara Indonesia, to produce 500 of the ventilators every week.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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