Study finds relatively low levels of stroke in coronavirus patients
PHILADELPHIA — Previous studies have raised concerns that the coronavirus can lead to big strokes in young patients, but a new analysis from Penn Medicine finds that most strokes in patients at Penn’s three Philadelphia hospitals were in older people with known stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes.Only one stroke patient was under age 50.Doctors had worried that stroke might be a “huge risk” for coronavirus patients, said Brett L. Cucchiara, a stroke neurologist who is senior author of the paper, published this month in the journal Stroke. The risk is “real, but it’s not r...
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He was on death's door after treating some of America's first coronavirus patients. How Northwestern rallied around a former Rose Bowl starter and doctor who battled COVID-19.
At Northwestern, Ryan Padgett was the one reading Shakespeare on team flights. When his roommate awoke at 7 a.m. to use the bathroom, he would notice Padgett studying index cards that contained the Latin roots of medical terms.When the Wildcats flew to play Stanford in 1992, coach Gary Barnett noticed Padgett moving to the rear of the plane after a meal. Why?“Going to brush my teeth,” Padgett replied.When Mary Barnett heard that, the coach’s wife remarked: “I want (daughter) Courtney to marry him.”Padgett arrived on campus at 17, having skipped a grade in grammar school. By the end of his true...
Superinfections pose threat to those being treated for the coronavirus
Viral infections aren’t the only cause of deaths during pandemics. A common complication of viral infections such as the flu or the coronavirus is a secondary, superimposed bacterial infection — or a superinfection — resistant to the treatment being used against the primary infection.The complication of these superinfections is a silent component of cases and deaths and doesn’t always receive attention. For instance, decades after the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, several studies showed that many deaths were caused by bacterial superinfections.While differences in laboratory testing a century ...
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California sets new rules for rationing medical equipment if hospitals run out
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — What happens if there isn’t enough medical equipment available to treat every person who gets sick with COVID-19? Who gets an ICU bed? Who gets a ventilator?The California Department of Public Health has a new plan for that worst-case scenario.This week, the CDPH released new pandemic crisis care guidelines, after more than 60 community and advocacy organizations representing millions of Californians objected to the first set of guidelines the department released in April.Few issues are more politically explosive than the idea of the medical system having to ration health ...
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'It matters': Nurse asks to work 60-hour weeks to help COVID-19 patients
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The middle-aged man lay dying of COVID-19 in the intensive care unit, only moments from his last, shallow breath. The ventilator was removed. His brain had already been hit by blood clots caused by the coronavirus during respiratory failure.Sarah Kiehl stood at his bedside, her face and head beneath a plastic hood, her hands and entire body shrouded in protective gear.In her six years at Truman Medical Center, three in the ICU, the 28-year-old nurse has witnessed deaths from shootings, stabbings, car accidents, end-stage cancers. In all those cases, relatives were in the roo...
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'It was hell': Doctors from the Seattle area describe treating surge of coronavirus patients in New York hospitals
SEATTLE — Dr. Laura Evans hadn’t been gone long. Six months is all.Yet when she returned to Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she’d spent most of her career, she found it was both the same and foreign.Evans is among the Seattle-area doctors who volunteered recently to treat patients in New York as it became the nation’s new epicenter of COVID-19, about a month after the first U.S. death was reported Feb. 29 in Kirkland.She had been the head of critical care at Bellevue and is now the medical director for critical care at the University of Washington Medical Center. She had an idea of w...
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From working in the coronavirus 'hot zone' to protecting their families, Washington health professionals reveal their struggles
SEATTLE — It takes Tricia Jenkins a couple of hours in the mornings to psych herself up for work as an emergency room nurse at Swedish Cherry Hill in Seattle. She makes a series of phone calls for pep talks — to other nurses, to her mom, to her best friend.“And then I go to work and step through the doors and shake off all that anxiety,” said the 41-year-old Jenkins.Or she tries to.“It’s hot and it’s scary and you feel like you’re alone in there,” she said, describing time spent in closed-door rooms within the ER’s “hot zone” for diagnosed or suspected novel coronavirus patients.To limit expos...
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