I am glad that the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation is so sensitive and has chosen the topic of lungs after the pandemic this year to help those who are still fighting this fight – said pulmonologist Dr. Tomasz Karauda in the “Wstańsz i pozna” program on TVN24. He emphasized that in many cases, complications after COVID-19 “resemble a battlefield.”
The 32nd Final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity will be held on January 28, 2024, under the slogan “Lungs after the pandemic. We play for children and adults!”. It is accompanied by the motto: “Everything is OK here!”. Auctions organized by TVN and TVN24 journalists appeared on Allegro. The profits from these auctions will be donated to the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
Dr. Tomasz Karauda from the Pulmonology Clinic of the University Clinical Hospital. N. Barlickiego No. 1 in Łódź said that the pandemic was a “very difficult time”. He pointed out that it cost the lives of nearly one hundred and twenty thousand people in Poland. – But those who survived this time remained with minor or major complications – he emphasized.
He added that these complications “resemble a battlefield.” – If it was a minor skirmish, we didn’t have to go to the hospital, we stayed at home and regenerated, then these complications are either minor or disappear quickly. The lungs also have some regenerative abilities. However, if this battle was huge, lasted many days, sometimes many weeks, and the patient required mechanical ventilation and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit, then the battlefield is much larger – explained the doctor.
He emphasized that “this battlefield leaves huge traces in the form of fibrotic changes.” – It can be colloquially called “scarring in the lungs”, which makes part of the lungs simply inactive and does not function in gas exchange – he explained. Among the complications, he also mentioned bronchiectasis, i.e. “pathological, irreversible widening of the respiratory tract, which makes the patient, even if he recovers from the disease, catch infections much more easily.”
What do patients need?
– I am glad that the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation is so sensitive and has chosen the topic of lungs after the pandemic this year in order to strengthen and help those who are still fighting this fight. For both children and teenagers, Karauda said.
– What we need are ultrasound scanners, equipment for testing the functionality of the lungs, the so-called functional tests, I mean spirometers, bodyplethysmographs, and oxygen concentrators. It would be good if they were portable, they are much more expensive, so that such a patient could even leave his own apartment. This also includes all rehabilitation and respiratory rehabilitation equipment, he said. He added that bronchoscopes and cryobiopsy equipment are also needed.
He emphasized that in Poland the waiting time for respiratory rehabilitation is about a year. – This means that a patient released from the hospital will not automatically go to rehabilitation, where he should be rehabilitated, but must wait many weeks or months for such rehabilitation. If there was more of this equipment, more rehabilitation departments would probably be opened, he said.
– There are many topics to be developed within the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity and these funds will certainly be used in full. I also invite you to be generous and let’s try together to restore health to Poles, especially for those struggling with serious complications. COVID-19 – he encouraged.
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