This page refers to retrospective recruitment.
Who do I recruit?
Please aim to recruit every COVID-19 patient who is invasively ventilated (intubated).
We focus on the youngest and sickest patients first. If you need to prioritise, please start with the youngest patients who are ventilated in your ICU.
If you have time and capacity, we also include a broader range of patients in critical care:
- Our aim is to capture ICU and HDU patients. During the COVID-19 outbreak these patients will be cared for in unusual areas. For this reason, and to enable international comparisons where terms like "ICU" and "HDU" are applied differently, we settled on the catch-all description "requires continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring". Treatment with CPAP or NIV does not always require continuous monitoring so that doesn't meet our criteria on its own.
- We added "or invasive mechanical ventilation" to the criteria because we don't want to miss anyone who is intubated, although of course clinicians will recognise that continuous monitoring is always required in intubated patients.
- Patients not admitted to critical care are not included, even if they are desperately sick
- If a patient meets the inclusion criteria they remain eligible for recruitment for the rest of their lives, even after being transferred out of ICU.
How far back should records be checked for eligible patients?
Please review your hospital records for Covid-19 patients admitted after 1 February 2020.
How are samples obtained for patients who have been discharged?
We have a secured the services of a third party research organisation who will sample the patient in the comfort of their own home. Please enter the consenting patient's details into RedCap and we will pass the information on to the research organisation, MSS. MSS will contact the patient directly to arrange an appointment.
How are samples linked to patient RedCap records?
Please send a sampling kit, including correctly labelled EDTA tube to the patients home address. The nurse from the research organisation (MSS) will take the sample into the EDTA tube you have sent with the correctly labelled GCC number and return to Edinburgh as normal.