Tag: Hospitals

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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China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed.

The alarm system was ready. Scarred by the SARS epidemic that erupted in 2002, China had created an infectious disease reporting system that officials said was world-class: fast, thorough and, just as important, immune from meddling. Hospitals could input patients’ details into a computer and instantly notify government health authorities in Beijing, where officers are […]

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Philadelphia Hospital to Stay Closed After Owner Requests Nearly $1 Million a Month

A hospital with room for nearly 500 beds has been closed for months in the center of Philadelphia, a city bracing for the spread of the coronavirus and a crush of sick patients. But the facility will remain empty, city officials said, because they cannot accept the owner’s offer: buy the hospital or lease it […]

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‘Women Will Not Be Forced to Be Alone When They Are Giving Birth’

Women preparing to give birth at some hospitals in New York City will no longer have to labor alone, state officials said Saturday. Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, announced that an executive order would be issued that required all hospitals in New York, both public and private, to allow women to […]

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New York Plans to Isolate Coronavirus Patients in ‘COVID-Only’ Hospitals

New York has a new plan to flatten the coronavirus curve: opening COVID-19-only facilities. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan in a press briefing on Saturday afternoon, along with new coronavirus outbreak numbers for the state. New York state now has 52,318 total coronavirus cases. New York has seen 728 confirmed deaths, a 50 percent […]

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Coronavirus May Add Billions to the Nation’s Health Care Bill

With so much still uncertain about how widespread hospitalizations for coronavirus patients will be around the United States, a new analysis says premiums could increase as much as 40 percent next year if the pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays. “Health plans went into 2020 with no hint of coronavirus on the […]

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Testing Can’t Stop Coronavirus Now, But There Are Still Things We Can Do

Of all the resources lacking in the Covid-19 pandemic, the one most desperately needed in the United States is a unified national strategy, as well as the confident, coherent and consistent leadership to see it carried out. The country cannot go from one mixed-message news briefing to the next, and from tweet to tweet, to […]

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It’s Time to Talk About Death and Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES — Joseph, a man in his 70s, has been on a ventilator for two weeks. His heart, lungs and kidneys are failing. Though I know these facts about his physiology, I will never see him up close. I can only glance at him through clear glass doors, the ventilator and dialysis machine obscuring […]

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Blood Plasma From Survivors Will Be Given to Coronavirus Patients

Can blood from coronavirus survivors help other people fight the illness? Doctors in New York will soon be testing the idea in hospitalized patients who are seriously ill. Blood from people who have recovered can be a rich source of antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to attack the virus. The part of the […]

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‘The Other Option Is Death’: New York Starts Sharing of Ventilators

A New York hospital system has begun treating two patients instead of one on some ventilators, a desperate measure that could help alleviate a shortage of the critical breathing machines and help hospitals around the country respond to the surge of coronavirus patients expected in the coming weeks. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, began “ventilator sharing” this week, […]

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A N.Y. Nurse Dies. Angry Co-Workers Blame a Lack of Protective Gear.

Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital, texted his sister on March 18 with some devastating news: He had tested positive for the coronavirus and was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. He told her he could text but not talk. “I’m okay. Don’t tell Mom and Dad. They’ll worry,” he […]

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Stop Yelling Out the Window. Just Give Doctors the Masks You’re Hoarding.

“Any thoughts?” my father asked me in an email. The subject line read “#Solidarityat8.” Yes, I have a few thoughts. As a devoted nonmember of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and a conscientious objector to any internet meme or trend since AOL chat rooms, I learned that #Solidarityat8 is a moment of public silence, cheering or […]

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Motorcyclists Like Me Are Delivering Protective Gear to ER Doctors

Whenever I start my motorcycle, I contemplate the line between life and death. Kickstand up, clutch in, engine on—and acknowledge the myriad of things that could go violently wrong while riding my bike. Our mission tonight has amplified that reality tenfold. It’s Saturday, March 21, at 9:15 p.m. I’m at an undisclosed location in Bed-Stuy […]

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My Dad Has Coronavirus. I Don’t Know if I Should Say Goodbye.

YONKERS, N.Y. — On Monday, around 5 a.m., I drove my father to Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, where he works as an emergency room doctor. He sat in the back seat, just as I did when he used to drive me to school, and slept. The coronavirus is exhausting. Since he developed […]

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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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An Emergency Decades in the Making

How does an outbreak evolve into an epidemic and finally a pandemic? In Episode 4 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene discuss how the coronavirus crisis has been mishandled by the Trump Administration, as well as the history of institutional and governmental response to public-health crises. Their guest, Laurie Garrett, […]

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‘God Will Protect Us’: Coronavirus Spreads Through an Already Struggling Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan — Doctors are refusing to show up for work. Clerics are refusing to close their mosques. And despite orders to stay at home, children continue to pack streets across Pakistan to play cricket, their parents unwilling to quarantine them in crowded homes. Pakistan is facing its biggest challenge ever: how to mobilize its […]

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Fresh From Iran’s Coronavirus Zone, Now Moving Across Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan — Afghanistan has already imported its epidemic. And each day it adds to it, as thousands more displaced Afghans continue to flow across the border from Iran, which has reported among the world’s highest numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths. The returnees, some surely infected with the coronavirus when in Iran, cluster shoulder […]

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13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital

In several hours on Tuesday, Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest compressions at Elmhurst Hospital Center on a woman in her 80s, a man in his 60s and a 38-year-old who reminded the doctor of her fiancé. All had tested positive for the coronavirus and had gone into cardiac arrest. All eventually died. Elmhurst, a 545-bed […]

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Nurses Share Coronavirus Stories Anonymously in an Online Document

More than 1,200 health care workers have used a private online document to share their stories of fighting the coronavirus pandemic on the front lines. In their accounts, they say the outbreak has turned American hospitals into “war zones.” They talk about being scared to go to work and anxious that they will become infected. […]

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A Simple Plan to Help Our Hospitals

Covid-19 is a global pandemic, driving all sorts of large-type drama: cratering economies, overrun medical systems and ongoing political tumult. But in terms of managing it, the devil, as with all health care, is in the details. In the hospital, vital signs must be checked, patients’ status monitored and medications given on time in precise […]

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Ventilators and Coronavirus: Amid Desperation, Calls Grow for Federal Intervention

As hospitals prepare for a flood of desperately ill patients unable to breathe on their own, mechanical ventilators have become the single most important piece of equipment that can mean the difference between life and death. Now, with American hospitals facing a grave shortage of the vital devices, the Big Three automakers, small engineering firms, […]

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What’s in the Coronavirus Stimulus Package? 5 Things to Know

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials and top Democrats finalized an agreement early Wednesday morning on a roughly $2 trillion rescue package to confront the coronavirus pandemic, the largest economic stimulus measure in modern history. After days of partisan bickering and closed-door haggling, negotiators emerged from their final huddle and announced that they had struck a […]

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