“Unreasonable Prescription of Antibiotics for Covid-19 Threatens Death”: Anesthesiologist Sergey Dubrov in the Project “Ask the Doctor”

On February 3, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation asked the famous anesthesiologist about the control of Covid-19 in Ukraine. The meeting took place online as part of “Ask the Doctor” project. The guest of the studio was an anesthesiologist, doctor of medical sciences, professor, president of the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine, chief specialist of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in the specialty “Anesthesiology”, head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy at NMU named after A. Bogomolets Sergey Dubrov.

Answering numerous questions from the audience, he said what to treat and what to beware of during the treatment of Covid-19, the prospects of vaccination in Ukraine, as well as the forecasts of the development of a pandemic.

– With Covid-19, for 90% of patients there is no need to prescribe antibacterial drugs. The exception is when the patient’s condition is critical or during intensive care, said Sergey Dubrov.

A person who, after a course of antibiotic for Covid-19, will go to the hospital again, for example, with inflammation of appendicitis or other purulent inflammation, will not be able to be treated with such drugs – antibiotics will cease to act on the body, said Sergey Dubrov.

– When an antibiotic is prescribed, although it is not needed, the harm can be enormous, and even threatens the death of the patient. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to adhere to the requirements of the protocol of the Ministry of Health. And if there is a desire to prescribe an antibiotic, there must be a basis for this, clear laboratory criteria: cough and purulent sputum.

Usage of large doses of vitamins also does not cure or prevent Covid-19, added Sergey Dubrov. And he gave an example from his own practice, when a patient came to the hospital with Covid-19 and had rashes all over his body. It turned out that he had an overdose of vitamins with which he independently tried to “send off” the virus.

According to Dubrov, three vaccines – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and the Chinese Sinovac, which will be used to vaccinate against Covid-19 in Ukraine, have a high level of effectiveness. The Ministry of Health has already signed agreements with AstraZeneca. Sinovac’s disease prevention efficiency is slightly more than 50%, Pfizer’s – more than 90%.

Sergei Dubrov said that medical institutions are already keeping records among staff, and doctors are submitting applications whether they want to be vaccinated. No one will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by force – neither doctors nor citizens.

On the prospects for a quick end to the pandemic, Sergei Dubrov replied that, according to his observations, the number of Covid-19 patients in Ukraine has now significantly decreased, but it is difficult to make an accurate forecast for the nearest future.

When asked about the workload of hospitals in Ukraine, the doctor replied that there are enough beds, moreover, the institutions began to return to the service regime that was before the pandemic and resume the work of departments, which in the spring were converted for Covid-19.

– In hospital treatment with Covid-19, we see a significant decrease in the number of occupied beds. Some institutions, for example, the 4th Clinical City Hospital of Kyiv, have already reduced the number of COVID beds since February 1, and some departments are restoring their mode of operation, that was before COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to the full version of the broadcast by the link.

“Ask the Doctor” Project is being implemented under “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives” Program.

– What is coronavirus, how to avoid the threat of infection and what to do in case of illness? These questions remain relevant, so Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and “Ukraine” TV-channel continue “Ask the Doctor” project. These are weekly online meetings with leading doctors of Ukraine at the Foundation’s digital platforms. You can find out from a qualified expert about the features of COVID-19, get a clear and understandable answer on how to behave in today’s realities, – said Yulia Yershova, Communications Director of the Foundation.

Sergey Dubrov is the twelfth expert of “Ask the Doctor” project. Earlier, the questions on the Facebook page of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation were answered by a well-known cardiac surgeon, director of the Heart Institute, Professor Boris Todurov, head of the infectious diseases department of Kyiv City Clinical Hospital No. 17, pulmonologist Svetlana Guk, popular pediatrician of the country Yevgeniy Komarovskiy, a therapist from Mariupol Daria Yezhelenko and other authoritative specialists. The records can be found on the pages of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation on YouTube and on Facebook. Short videos with expert answers to the most popular questions are also available for viewing.

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