Frontline Friday - RACmonitor

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On our COVID floors, we have big flat-screen monitors that are scoreboards in the COVID race: heart rate, QT interval, and, critically, oxygen saturation. They are a kind of electronic cheat sheet that allows you to handicap a patient’s chance of winning the COVID contest before you even meet them…
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Colleen Morley’s piece from Frontline Friday was so appreciated. As I read it, Colleen bravely understated what we as case managers, social workers, and their leadership experience during scenarios that go to an emotional level. Suddenly, we are constantly thinking about things we never thought we’d have to think about.  …
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Jury is active in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) which made possible the contribution of this essay along with editorial support from Piyush Mathur, MD, FCCM who is a staff anesthesiologist and critical care physician at…
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We rarely mention a specific client by name in our reports, however, we feel that the model represented here is one that IRFs should consider in dealing with the current Public Health Emergency and those that we may face in the future.  The information presented here is provided with the…
May 29, 2020

A Doorway

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There is a doorway I pass by every day. Before COVID-19 came to town, I would stop in the doorway and ask questions like, “how many truckloads of cement to fill the vault for our new Radiation Therapy Unit?” or “how far do they drive the pilings down for our…
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A letter from the president of the ACPA Dr. Charles Locke, reflecting on his service on the frontline at the Javits Center Field Hospital in New York City. This week Chuck Buck, Sr. Vice President at Medlearn Media reached out to me and asked if RACmonitor could reprint a letter I…
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As a Director of Case Management and Social Services at a busy suburban Chicago medical center, the COVID-19 front looks different for me and my team. The case management RNs and social workers have been impacted by the virus in their work in a dissimilar way to the “frontline” healthcare…
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To live is to give! What a grand and noble ideal.   It’s a slogan best suited to doctors, nurses, and other skilled healthcare workers. But this was not for me! I was going to be a research zoologist and study the pride life of lions (think Jane Goodall) and also…
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The word “better” is one of those unusual words that can function as an adjective, a noun, an adverb, and a verb. During my recent reincarnation from the administrative afterworld into clinical life as an ICU physician, I learned a fifth function of better – as an incantation. The reason…
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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…
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