UP webinar features case of pregnant COVID-19 patient

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc


Experts will discuss the case of “A Pregnant COVID Survivor with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Post-Caesarian Section” in the 32nd in a webinar series presented by the University of the Philippines for health professionals dealing with COVID-19.

To be held on November 27, 2020, 12:00 nn to 2 PM, the “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar, and 14th of the first online medical grand rounds in the Philippines, will have as main resource persons Dr. Marvic Gabitan, a fellow of the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) Department of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Dr. Judith Montero, a fellow of the UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital (UPM-PGH) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division of Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Maria Angela Bandola, a UPM-PGH Obstetrics Infectious Disease specialist, and Dr. Dennis Teo, an LCP Pulmonary Critical Care specialist, will be the discussants.

They will focus on the case of a 30-year-old nurse, at her 34th week of pregnancy, who was exposed to a COVID-19 patient, delivered the baby prematurely, and then developed sepsis.

“Based on what we know at this time, pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people,” the experts say. “Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse outcomes, such as preterm birth,” they add.

“Understanding the risk posed by SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnant women can inform clinical practice, teaching, training, and public health communication,” according to the webinar brief. “Team approaches are needed when managing pregnant women who may have COVID exposure,” it added.

UP spearheads the webinar series in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the UPM National Institutes of Health-National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with the UPM College of Medicine and the UPM-PGH.

Registration slots to the webinar are limited. Interested parties must sign up at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar32.