Doctors at major hospitals in several Vietnamese localities have convened an online meeting to discuss treatment for a 79-year-old COVID-19 patient after her conditions turned critical.
The patient returned to Vietnam from the United States on January 13, according to a Ministry of Health report.
Her family member in the U.S. was also infected with COVID-19.
She tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 14 and is being treated at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases in the central city of Da Nang.
As the elderly woman was in bad health, the treatment sub-committee under the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control convened an online consultation on Tuesday to seek the best treatment plan for the patient.
The meeting was attended by doctors at Bach Mai Hospital, National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Da Nang Hospital, Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases, and Quang Nam Central General Hospital.
According to Dr. Le Thanh Phuc, director of the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases, the patient has a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.
On January 17, she developed such conditions as mild dyspnea, fatigue, loose stools, and poor appetite.
The patient suffered difficulty breathing on January 19.
Doctors at the teleconference suggested that the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases evaluate the patient’s lung damage, consider conducting pleural ultrasound, and assess her cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.
The infirmary should also boost nutrition for the patient as she is underweight and can easily become exhausted.
Doctors also recommended using certain medicine, performing stool tests, and conducting microbiological culture to assess her overall conditions.
Earlier, on January 7, doctors and experts in Vietnam attended an online meeting to discuss treatment for two seriously-ill COVID-19 patients at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Quang Nam Central General Hospital.
Vietnam has documented 1,540 COVID-19 cases, with 1,402 recoveries and 35 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Ministry of Health statistics.