Tag: Emergency Medical Treatment

No, Getting Tested for Coronavirus Is Not Always Free

By March 5, Andrew Cencini, a computer science professor at Bennington College, had been having bouts of fever, malaise and a bit of difficulty breathing for a couple of weeks. Just before falling ill, he had traveled to New York City, helped with computers in a local prison and gone out on multiple calls as […]

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What Sept. 11 Taught Us About Confronting Catastrophe

From careful planning and much drilling, medical workers knew without being told that they should roll a fleet of gurneys and wheelchairs onto the sidewalk outside St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, New York’s last mortal catastrophe. But there they remained, empty. Nothing spoke louder than those mute, […]

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‘War Zone’: Ambulances in N.Y.C. Are Now as Busy as on Sept. 11

The first of many calls that night involved a 24-year-old man who had a fever, body aches and a cough that sounded like a cement mixer. While the Brooklyn paramedics took the man’s fever — 103 degrees — they noticed frightening vitals that hinted at coronavirus: a critically low level of oxygen was flowing into […]

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‘We’re in Disaster Mode’: Courage Inside a Brooklyn Hospital Confronting Coronavirus

It was not even 9 in the morning and Dr. Sylvie de Souza’s green N95 mask, which was supposed to form a seal against her face, was already askew. In freezing rain on Monday, she trudged in clogs between the emergency department she chairs at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and a tent outside, keeping a […]

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Coronavirus in Europe: Thousands of Health Workers Out of Action

MADRID — Across Western Europe, health care professionals have used the language of war to describe the struggle against the coronavirus, which has left some hospitals on the brink of collapse. And health care workers are the soldiers on the front lines. Out of Spain’s 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, 5,400 — nearly 14 percent — […]

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A Boston E.R. Doctor’s Poem About the Coronavirus

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell had just come off back-to-back work shifts in the emergency room at Boston Medical Center last week and was not sure how to think about what she had experienced. In almost three decades as an emergency physician, she, like her colleagues, was used to feeling invincible. She had regularly treated patients facing […]

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Will Covid-19 Keep Me From Patients I’ve Seen for Years?

Over 12 days ago, when I walked into my otolaryngology office in Westchester County, N.Y., my office manager gave me one high-grade N-95 mask. These masks are not supposed to be reusable, but somehow I had to make it last: We didn’t have any more. I later learned that we only had 25 protective gowns […]

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They Don’t Hide From the Coronavirus, They Confront It

“I’m having flashbacks to the Boston Marathon bombing,” my daughter said. She was a newly minted physician on the day the bombs went off seven years ago, when the police rolled a man on a stretcher into her hospital’s emergency department. His blood had spilled onto the floor and someone began to wipe it away. […]

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Inmate in Brooklyn Tests Positive for Coronavirus: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageHussein Ali, 54, sold face masks and hand sanitizers outside his clothing store in Queens on Saturday. “Customers are starting to panic, and I had to find another way to make money,” Ali said.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times A federal inmate in Brooklyn tests positive for the […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Deluge’ of Cases Begins Hitting Hospitals

For weeks, as the coronavirus has spread across the world, New York officials have warned that a surge of cases could overwhelm the state’s health care system, jeopardizing thousands of patients. Now, that surge has begun. In a startlingly quick ascent, New York reported on Friday that the state was closing in on 8,000 positive […]

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Doctors and Nurses Are Just as Anxious as You Are

It’s only when both you and your patient are wearing a mask that you realize how much of medical care depends on facial expression and nonverbal communication. As I swabbed my first patients for the coronavirus here at Bellevue Hospital last week, it became apparent that assuaging their anxiety was just as critical as probing […]

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A New York Doctor’s Coronavirus Warning: The Sky Is Falling

I’ve had hard conversations this week. “Look me in the eye,” I said to my neighbor Karen, who was spiraling to a dark place in her mind. “I make this personal promise to you — I will not let your children die from this disease.” I swallowed back a lump in my throat. Just the […]

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At the Front Lines of Coronavirus, Turning to Social Media

Last week, many people were astonished to hear that Dr. Kurt Kloss, an emergency room physician in New York, reached out to a Facebook group for some 20,000 of his colleagues seeking advice about how to handle the coronavirus outbreak. “If you were in charge of Federal response to the Pandemic,” his post began, “what […]

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Doctors Fear Bringing Coronavirus Home: ‘I Am Sort of a Pariah in My Family’

SEATTLE — After her shifts in the emergency room, one doctor in Utah strips naked on her porch and runs straight to a shower, trying not to contaminate her home. In Oregon, an emergency physician talks of how he was recently bent over a drunk teenager, stapling a head wound, when he realized with a […]

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Two Emergency Room Doctors Are in Critical Condition With Coronavirus

SEATTLE — Two emergency medicine doctors, in New Jersey and Washington State, are in critical condition as a result of coronavirus, reinforcing concerns that the nation’s front-line medical workers are becoming especially vulnerable to the virus, the American College of Emergency Physicians said. “A lot of us think that despite everything we do, we will […]

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This Is One Anxiety We Should Eliminate for the Coronavirus Outbreak

In his recent Oval Office speech, President Trump pledged that Americans won’t receive surprise bills for their coronavirus testing. The goal is good; we need people who are lightly symptomatic to be tested without fear of high personal costs. But it was an empty promise. Unless swift action is taken, surprise bills are coming. And […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Will a Surge in Patients Overwhelm Hospitals?

New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, operator of the largest municipal hospital system in the country, plans to cancel nonemergency surgeries. NYU Langone Medical Center’s Tisch Hospital turned a pediatric emergency room into an intensive care unit for adults. Northwell Health, which has a sprawling network of hospitals, is asking retired nurses to return […]

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Seeking Advice on the Coronavirus, Jared Kushner Enlists a Doctor in the Family

One night this week an urgent appeal went out to a Facebook group of emergency room doctors. “If you were in charge of the Federal response to the Pandemic what would your recommendations be?” asked Dr. Kurt Kloss, a physician based in New York. The question was hardly theoretical. “I have direct channel,” he added, […]

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Italy’s Health Care System Groans Under Coronavirus — a Warning to the World

ROME — The mayor of one town complained that doctors were forced to decide not to treat the very old, leaving them to die. In another town, patients with coronavirus-caused pneumonia were being sent home. Elsewhere, a nurse collapsed with her mask on, her photograph becoming a symbol of overwhelmed medical staff. In less than […]

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U.S. Hospitals Prepare for Coronavirus, With the Worst Still to Come

WASHINGTON — One Seattle-area hospital has already seen patient care delayed by the stringent infection-control practices that the government recommended for suspected coronavirus cases. Another in Chicago switched Thursday morning into “surge” mode, setting up triage tents in its ambulance bay and dedicating an entire floor to coronavirus patients. At least one is already receiving […]

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Want to Get Tested for the Coronavirus? It’s Still Incredibly Hard in Places That Need It Most

BOSTON — First came the tickle in the throat. Then, a hacking cough. Then, a shortness of breath she had never experienced before. Hillary King, a 32-year-old consultant in Boston who lives down the street from a hotel where dozens of Biogen executives contracted the new coronavirus, decided that she had better get tested. But […]

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How the Coronavirus May Force Doctors to Decide Who Can Live and Who Dies

The coronavirus pandemic could soon force American physicians to face a tragic challenge — rationing medical care as the number of ill patients overwhelms the supplies, space and staff available in hospitals. Today, the United States has fewer than 800,000 hospital beds, about 68,000 adult intensive care unit beds of any kind, and, even with […]

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12 Steps to Tackle the Coronavirus

At least Emperor Nero supposedly only fiddled while Rome burned; he didn’t tell the Romans that the fire was no big deal. President Trump squandered two precious months trying to downplay the new coronavirus while attempting to talk up the stock market. We still have no idea how many Americans are infected, because the administration […]

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