Tag: Hospitals

When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die

Warnings had piled up for years that nursing homes were vulnerable. The pandemic sent them to the back of the line for equipment and care. BRUSSELS — Shirley Doyen was exhausted. The Christalain nursing home, which she ran with her brother in an affluent neighborhood in Brussels, was buckling from Covid-19. Eight residents had died […]

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Could This Be the Last Time We See Our Dad?

New York City’s streets and restaurants were still packed in early March, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio argued over methodology, logistics and the economic repercussions of whether to shut the city down to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The government dismissed the benefits of wearing masks. But my sisters, Tamar, […]

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Black and Pregnant During Covid: ‘They Never Had Time to See Me’

In March, with the coronavirus lockdown in full swing, Chrissy Sample was feeling anxious. Furloughed from her job and stuck at home with her 8-year-old son, she was also pregnant with twins, who were due in mid-July. Although she often felt immobilized by an intense pain in her legs and lower abdomen, her doctor regularly […]

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Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic

The nation’s leading health insurers are experiencing an embarrassment of profits. Some of the largest companies, including Anthem, Humana and UnitedHealth Group, are reporting second-quarter earnings that are double what they were a year ago. And while insurance profits are capped under the Affordable Care Act, with the requirement that consumers should benefit from such […]

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As Trump Praises Plasma, Researchers Struggle to Finish Critical Studies

An American Airlines flight took off from La Guardia Airport in New York last Wednesday morning, carrying 100 pouches of blood plasma donated by Covid-19 survivors for delivery to Rio de Janeiro. American scientists are hoping Covid-19 patients in Brazil will help them answer a century-old question: Can this golden serum, loaded with antibodies against […]

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Beirut Explosion: ‘I Was Bloodied and Dazed. Beirut Strangers Treated Me Like a Friend.’

ImageThe injured being evacuated after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.Credit…Hassan Ammar/Associated Press BEIRUT — I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on Tuesday afternoon — “the port seems to be burning,” she said — when my whole building shook, as if startled, by the deepest […]

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Does Blood Plasma Work for Covid-19 Patients? No One Knows.

An American Airlines flight took off from La Guardia Airport in New York last Wednesday morning, carrying 100 pouches of blood plasma donated by Covid-19 survivors for delivery to Rio de Janeiro. American scientists are hoping Covid-19 patients in Brazil will help them answer a century-old question: Can this golden serum, loaded with antibodies against […]

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‘Like a Horror Movie’: A Small Texas Border Hospital Battles the Coronavirus

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — A tense rescue scene has been unfolding for weeks outside a small rural hospital on the Mexican border that has been the first line of defense against one of the most voracious coronavirus outbreaks in the country. Nearly every day, a crew at Starr County Memorial Hospital prepares a patient […]

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Will Covid-19 Patients in Rural Areas Get the Care They Need?

There she was. After more than three weeks on the ventilator, after battling weakness and delirium on the general medical floor and a stay at the long-term rehab hospital where she rebuilt the strength to walk again, my patient had made it home. The dark shadows beneath her eyes were fading. Her skin was tanned. […]

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A Hospital Forgot to Bill Her Coronavirus Test. It Cost Her $1,980.

The New York Times is investigating the costs associated with testing and treatment for the coronavirus and how the pandemic is changing health care in America. You can read more about the project and submit your medical bills here. When Debbie Krebs got the bill for a March emergency room visit, she immediately noticed something […]

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A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

Once again, the coronavirus is ascendant. As infections mount across the country, it is dawning on Americans that the epidemic is now unstoppable, and that no corner of the nation will be left untouched. As of Tuesday, the pathogen had infected at least 4.3 million Americans, killing almost 150,000. Many experts fear the virus could […]

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A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

Once again, the coronavirus is ascendant. As infections mount across the country, it is dawning on Americans that the epidemic is now unstoppable, and that no corner of the nation will be left untouched. As of Tuesday, the pathogen had infected at least 4.3 million Americans, killing almost 150,000. Many experts fear the virus could […]

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Spain’s Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded

MADRID — At the end of January, a German tourist became Spain’s first coronavirus patient. At the time, the health threat seemed for the nation as remote as the tiny Spanish island of La Gomera, where he was treated. Two weeks later, the German walked out of hospital, and Spain celebrated being again “virus free.” […]

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Blame Spreads for Nursing Home Deaths Even as N.Y. Contains Virus

ALBANY — As New York moves from coronavirus crisis to sustained recovery, there remains a heartbreaking fact that some are trying to explore and others seem to be trying to exploit: Nearly 6,500 people have died of the virus in nursing homes and other long-term facilities in the state. Republicans in Washington and elsewhere have […]

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Patient, Can You Spare a Dime?

Should your doctor ask you to make a donation to help the medical center where you were treated? If you are a generous donor, should you be rewarded with a better room — or your doctor’s cellphone number? Medical centers across the United States are asking patients, especially wealthy ones, to donate money, in addition […]

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This Hospital Cost $52 Million. It Treated 79 Virus Patients.

The Queens Hospital Center emergency department has a capacity of 60, but on its worst night of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 180 patients lay on stretchers in the observation bays and hallways. Alarms rang incessantly as exhausted doctors rushed from crisis to crisis. Less than four miles away, a temporary hospital opened the next […]

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Black Children Are More Likely to Die After Surgery Than White Peers, Study Shows

Black children are more than three times as likely to die within a month of surgery as white children, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. Disparities in surgical outcomes between Black and white patients have been well established, with researchers attributing some of the difference to higher rates of chronic […]

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Why a Medical Interpreter Felt ‘Disposable’ Amid Covid-19

“I felt like we were disposable.” — Marta Rodriguez, a medical interpreter [In Her Words is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.] For Marta Rodriguez, a hospital interpreter, helping very sick patients understand their prognosis has become routine — but it hasn’t become any easier. She has […]

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A Covid-19 Lesson: Some Seriously Ill Patients Can Be Treated at Home

Joan Murray had been home with Covid-19 for about a week when she ran into trouble. She had a fever of 103 degrees and chills that sent shivers up and down her spine. Her oxygen levels were dropping, and the tightness in her chest felt “as if somebody had bound up my lungs with string.” […]

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Long Waits for U.K. Hospital Treatment as N.H.S. Fights Coronavirus

LONDON — After nine months of waiting for surgery, Ruth Fawcett’s knee muscles wasted away, causing her joint to come loose in its socket and leaving her unable to walk without assistance. “They’ve just stopped doing surgery for cases that they call nonlife-threatening and when they start again, they will probably have to prioritize the […]

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Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning on Wednesday. The move has alarmed health experts who fear the data will be politicized or withheld from the public. The new instructions were posted […]

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Meet This Popular Essential Worker. And Give Her a Scratch Behind the Ear.

In early March, Everett Gray’s transplanted heart began to fail. A couple months shy of the five-year anniversary of receiving his “miracle heart,” the 8-year-old was admitted to the cardiac I.C.U. at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, as his immune system battled with the heart that saved his life as a toddler. It […]

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‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide

On an afternoon in early April, while New York City was in the throes of what would be the deadliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Lorna M. Breen found herself alone in the still of her apartment in Manhattan. She picked up her phone and dialed her younger sister, Jennifer Feist. The two were […]

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