COVID19 - RACmonitor

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Providers nationwide are seeking to identify ways to mitigate the uncontrolled spread of the virus amid vulnerable populations. Since the first American case of COVID-19 was reported in January, approximately 80,000 people have died, and one-third of those deaths have been patients living in nursing facilities. The index facility, LifeCare…
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Acute-care hospitals are to use their beds for “swing services” when necessary. EDITOR’S NOTE: In a surprise move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new waiver on May 11, allowing all acute-care hospitals to use their beds for “swing bed services” when necessary. Dr. Ronald Hirsch,…
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On the news last night, two individuals, one an ICU nurse and the other an ED physician, shared their experiences by way of self-made video.  “I never thought I’d treat an illness that could turn around and kill me,” the doctor said. (He must have missed freshman orientation.) The nurse…
May 8, 2020

A Call to Serve

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When I heard the words coming out of my mouth, volunteering for the COVID-19 team at my hospital, I wanted to give myself a good shake. What am I getting into? This is not just a bad flu; this is very serious. Healthcare workers, young healthcare workers, are on the…
May 8, 2020

Alone

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I’m a social person by nature. I love talking, interacting, and learning with and from others. Never in my career as a nurse did I think that I wouldn’t be able to be social. COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives; some might be out of work and stuck at…
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At this delicate time of history, we are experiencing one of the most severe pandemics ever: COVID-19. It’s a test of how our healthcare system will handle the impact of a serious pandemic. So far, we are not doing a great job. The lack of equipment, education, response, and protocols…
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Art mirrors life, or life mirrors art? One of the most moving accounts I’ve seen of life on the frontlines of the nation’s healthcare system during the pandemic came from Michael Salvatore, MD, who recently wrote of his experience of being a “from an administrative afterlife” who “found myself at…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. H. Steven Moffic first reported this story during the most recent episode of Talk Ten Tuesdays. April 20 was the 81st anniversary of the day when the famous African-American jazz singer Billie Holiday, recorded a searing version of the song “Strange Fruit.” What was the titular strange…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Salvatore recently shared a personal experience about caring for a COVID-19 patient on FrontLine Friday, when he described being called back as an intensive care unit (ICU) physician at a hospital in Lewes, Del. This is his second column in our series. When you sit down to…
May 7, 2020

Homeward Bound

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As an aging disc jockey with no show, I often think of headlines as song titles. This post should actually be called Homebound. Perhaps Paul Simon will compose a new song for the COVID-19 era. (Have you heard Neil Diamond’s rework of Sweet Caroline? “Hands, washing hands, reaching out, don’t…