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How a Zoom Forum Is Changing the Way ICU Doctors Treat Desperately Ill COVID-19 Patients

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It was late April, near the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the big cities in the northeastern U.S., and anesthesiologist Joseph Savino was puzzled. In two months, an unexpectedly high number of coronavirus patients had died in his intensive care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.

All were among 15 Covid-19 patients at the Philadelphia hospital who had been on a life-support technology called ECMO that is a last resort for patients when mechanical ventilators fail to help their ...