Ken Griffey Jr., Jewell Loyd and Macklemore among stars who join patients in 'Seattle Children's Heroes' card set
SEATTLE — When Jake Gustafson, the senior director of operations and development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, approached a cross-section of local celebrities about participating in a Topps trading-card project he had brainstormed, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.“I don’t know about you, but if someone asked me if I wanted my own baseball card, I would say yes,” Gustafson said with a laugh.And when that card is part of a one-of-a-kind charitable rollout that will net Seattle Children’s upward of $200,000 in proceeds, it was even more of a no-brainer. Which is how Sir Mix-a-Lot, Mack...
The Seattle Times
Texas reports 2,473 new coronavirus cases Friday
AUSTIN, Texas — State health officials on Friday reported 2,473 new coronavirus cases and 51 new deaths in Texas.The number of infections and hospitalizations in the state continues to climb, placing a growing strain on hospital capacity and staffing, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Friday’s numbers depart from a sharp upward trend in newly reported infections. The state reported record-breaking infection numbers on two days within the last weekThe record for new daily cases — 14,648 — was set on Wednesday. Before that, the record, 13,998 cases, was set on Tuesday.On...
Dallas woman was reinfected with COVID-19 after 4 months. 'You're absolutely not immune'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Meredith McKee rushed to the hospital in June after taking her blood pressure at a CVS pharmacy and seeing it was dangerously high. The emergency room staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital admitted her but insisted on testing for COVID-19.“I laughed at the team and said I had already had it,” said McKee, a 45-year-old Dallas resident. “There’s no way I could have COVID again.”But the test proved her wrong.“I didn’t have any symptoms other than high blood pressure,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the second test, I would have never known.”McKee was first diagnosed with CO...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
To detect pneumonia in COVID-19 patients, these doctors use ultrasound
PHILADELPHIA — Like any physician, Ryan Gibbons learned in medical school how to listen to a patient’s lungs with a stethoscope.But in the emergency department at Temple University Hospital, he never carries one — despite having evaluated the lungs of hundreds of COVID-19 patients since April.Instead, he opts for ultrasound: the same technology used to look inside the womb of a pregnant woman.In a new study, he and colleagues at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found that a portable ultrasound device was highly effective in identifying which patients suffered from pneumonia, a common com...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Hospitals full as second wave of coronavirus grips Pakistan
Intensive care units across Pakistan are nearing capacity as a second, deadlier wave of the coronavirus builds momentum and officials struggle to counter public indifference to the pandemic.Several doctors told AFP on Wednesday that hospitals are having to turn away suspected Covid-19 patients, with the potential for a major health care crisis increasing daily."The coming two weeks are critical and our situation is going to worsen," said Qaisar Sajjad, secretary general of the Pakistan Medical Association."Around 95 percent of the beds are occupied. Only a few hospitals still have capacity - b...
Study confirms COVID-19 is rare in kids, but more severe among children of color
A huge study of pediatric patients across the country found only 4% were infected with the new coronavirus, and the vast majority of those cases were mild or asymptomatic.The study, led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, quantifies and confirms — but doesn’t attempt to explain — one of the biggest mysteries of the pandemic: Why an infection that has so far killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide is uncommon and mostly harmless in children.For the analysis, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers at CHOP and six other U.S. children’s hospitals reviewed electronic health ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lost in translation: How language barriers can add anguish and complicate care for COVID-19 patients who don't speak English
CHICAGO — Even though Rodolfo Reyes’ partner died of COVID-19 complications more than six months ago, he still buys her flowers almost every day.Her remains are in a small off-white urn on the kitchen counter he turned into an altar. It is surrounded by some of her favorite red and white roses, and votive candles.“I think about her every single day, and I still can’t believe she is gone forever,” said Reyes in Spanish as he stared into the distance while sitting on a chair in the small dining room of the Little Village basement apartment he once shared with his life partner.Reyes promised her ...
Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals
Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout food.“No one in the entire restaurant was wearing a mask,” Muhindura said. “And there’s no social distancing. I had to get out, because I almost had a panic attack. I was like, ‘What is going on with people? Why are we still doing this?'”Many rural communities across the U.S. have resisted masks and calls for soc...
Kaiser Health News
For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’
For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed elective surgeries, and the unit the 48-year-old nurse works on switched back from taking care of only COVID-19 patients to its pre-pandemic roster of patients recovering from gallbladder operations, mastectomies and other surgeries.That is, until October, when patients with coronavirus infections began to reappear on the unit and, with them, the fear of many more to come. “It’s paralyzing, I’m not going to lie,” said Nester, who’s wo...
Kaiser Health News
Need a COVID-19 Nurse? That’ll Be $8,000 a Week
DENVER — In March, Claire Tripeny was watching her dream job fall apart. She’d been working as an intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, and loved it, despite the mediocre pay typical for the region. But when COVID-19 hit, that calculation changed.She remembers her employers telling her and her colleagues to “suck it up” as they struggled to care for six patients each and patched their protective gear with tape until it fully fell apart. The $800 or so a week she took home no longer felt worth it.“I was not sleeping and having the most anxiety in my life,” said Tri...
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