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Symposium: Uncommon Conditions in Today’s ICUs| September 15 2020
COVID-19: An Immunopathologic Assault
Nancy Munro, MN, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP;
Nancy Munro, MN, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Nancy Munro is Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Medicine Department, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Dr, Bldg 10-CRC Room 3-3677, Bethesda, MD 20892 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP;
AACN Adv Crit Care (2020) 31 (3): 268–280.
Nancy Munro, Kristine Anne Scordo, Misty M. Richmond; COVID-19: An Immunopathologic Assault. AACN Adv Crit Care 15 September 2020; 31 (3): 268–280. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/aacnacc2020802
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