Covid-19 patients at this hospital are dying ‘at a rate we’ve never seen die before’ — and it’s taking a toll on health care workers

Covid-19 patients at this hospital are dying 'at a rate we've never seen die before' -- and it's taking a toll on health care workers

“I was really hoping that we’d (all) get vaccinated and things would be back to normal,” said Sefton, an assistant manager at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.”We have more patients than we’ve ever had at any point, and we’re seeing more people die at a rate we’ve never seen die before,” said Jim Dover, president … Read more

COVID-19 home care to include remote symptom tracking when South Australia reopens borders

SA Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick addresses the media.

SA Health has detailed how medical staff will be able to remotely check the symptoms of COVID-positive patients who are isolating at home once the state relaxes border restrictions in less than 48 hours. Key points:SA Health says it has 1,500 of the home care kits but can access moreInformation from oximeters and temperature probes will be provided to health staffA … Read more

Inquest into Australia’s deadliest aged care COVID-19 outbreak at St Basil’s in Melbourne begins

Inquest into Australia's deadliest aged care COVID-19 outbreak at St Basil's in Melbourne begins

Senior Victorian health officials were warned about the horrifying conditions at a Melbourne nursing home just days after the Commonwealth seized control of the facility, an inquest into Australia’s deadliest aged care COVID-19 outbreak has heard.Key points:Fifty residents died at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged during Melbourne’s second COVID-19 waveFamilies say staff threatened to call police … Read more

London, Ont. long-term care home charged in relation to COVID-19 outbreak that killed nurse

London, Ont. long-term care home charged in relation to COVID-19 outbreak that killed nurse

London, Ont. – A long-term care facility in London, Ont. is facing charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a COVID-19 outbreak that killed a registered nurse. The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) welcomes the charges, but says the tragedy could have been prevented with greater oversight. Brian Beattie was 58 … Read more

Uncomfortable Truths — What Covid-19 Has Revealed about Chronic-Disease Care in America

Uncomfortable Truths — What Covid-19 Has Revealed about Chronic-Disease Care in America

“Jump off the cliff and figure it out on the way down. People think that improvisation is moving forward,” comedian Keegan-Michael Key has said about improvisational comedy. “What improvisation really is, it’s walking backward.…It’s backing up that gives you discovery.…You back up, you can create a larger worldview.”The Covid-19 pandemic forced the medical field to … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Booster for seniors in long-term care homes, 1 more death

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Booster for seniors in long-term care homes, 1 more death

New Brunswick will offer a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to seniors in long-term care homes and other communal settings who have already received two doses of a vaccine. The rollout of the mRNA vaccine boosters will begin in early October, along with the flu vaccine campaign, said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday. The decision … Read more

US coronavirus: Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

US coronavirus: Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

“We are at the point where not every patient in need will get the care we might wish we could give,” said Dr. Shelly Harkins, chief medical officer of St. Peter’s Health in Helena, Montana.It’s one of the latest hospitals to resort to crisis standards of care, meaning emergency medicine personnel must ration care.In those … Read more