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In Stretched Utah ICUs, a 'Heartbreaking' Prediction

Hospitals have informally begun rationing care, and a further COVID surge is anticipated

(Newser) - Last month, hospital administrators started preparing for overflowing intensive-care units by setting up crisis criteria that, amid a predicted surge in COVID-19 patients, would help them prioritize who gets to stay in the ICU and who doesn't. There are still ICU beds in the state available, but very few... More »

In This State, a 'Grim List' Amid COVID Spike

Hospitals will likely soon have to choose which patients get booted from ICUs and which stay

(Newser) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was presented Thursday with what the Salt Lake Tribune calls a "grim list" from hospital administrators, amid a record number of COVID-19 cases in the state. On that list are triage protocols known as "crisis standards of care," which Herbert would need to... More »

COVID Highs Push Hospitals Near the Brink

'We'll run into some difficult decisions to make'

(Newser) - Hospitals across the US are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff, the AP reports. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small—from... More »

Texas Doctor: This Is Worse Than During Hurricane Harvey

New coronavirus cases are swamping hospital emergency rooms in some parts of the country

(Newser) - A fast-rising rising tide of new coronavirus cases is flooding emergency rooms in parts of the US, with some patients moved into hallways and nurses working extra shifts to keep up with the surge. Patients struggling to breathe are being placed on ventilators in emergency wards since intensive care units... More »

Doctor Who Delayed Retirement Amid Pandemic Dies of COVID

Relatives had urged NYC doctor to step back

(Newser) - At the start of this year, Dr. James A. Mahoney was preparing to retire after nearly 40 years working in the intensive care unit of a New York City hospital. When the pandemic hit, relatives and even fellow doctors urged the 62-year-old to stick to his plans. Instead, he worked... More »

14 Dead in Maternity Clinic Attack, Including 2 Newborns

Armed militants storm hospital in Dashti Barchi, Afghanistan; at least 15 injured

(Newser) - Militants stormed a maternity hospital Tuesday in the western part of Kabul, Afghanistan, setting off an hourslong shootout with police and killing 14 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers, and nurses, Afghan officials say. The AP reports that while the battle was underway, Afghan security forces struggled to evacuate... More »

Bodies Were Sent From Hospital in Back of Pickup

Unacceptable, Philadelphia authorities say

(Newser) - Pandemic or no pandemic, bodies should not be moved from hospitals to the medical examiner's office in the back of a pickup truck, say officials in Philadelphia—who confirmed that very thing happened. A Philadelphia Inquirer photographer saw the truck arrive Sunday with seven bodies in the back. The... More »

Virus Takes Toll on Other Patients

Fear of the coronavirus keeps many away from emergency rooms

(Newser) - Among the medical mysteries during the pandemic is one that doesn't involve COVID-19. Hospitals and doctors are wondering where all the patients who are seriously ill from other causes have gone, the Washington Post reports. A 700-bed hospital in Charleston has room for other patients but few takers. "... More »

Some Doctors Are Questioning the Use of Ventilators

But sometimes, there is no alternative

(Newser) - With hospitals around the country desperately short of ventilators as the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, some doctors are calling for a rethink of how they are used, arguing that a new disease might require a new approach. Skeptics, who note that studies show more than half of coronavirus patients placed on... More »

Health Care Workers Are ... Getting Laid Off?

America's for-profit medical system puts needed workers on the sidelines

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of medical workers across the US are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning, the AP reports. Even as hospitals scrounge... More »

China Sends Big Gift to New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls it 'a big deal'

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that China is facilitating the shipment of 1,000 ventilators to his state, as he continues to shop for more of the lifesaving devices ahead of a growing number of coronavirus patients who are expected to need them, the AP reports. The number... More »

86-Year-Old Dead in Apparent Social-Distancing Dust-Up

This may be NYC's first virus-related assault case

(Newser) - Tensions are high in New York, considered the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak , and now the NYPD is looking into what the New York Daily News says may be the city's first social-distancing-related homicide. Cassandra Lundy, a 32-year-old seizure patient at Brooklyn's Woodhull hospital, allegedly hit 86-year-old... More »

New York Approves Controversial Ventilator Solution

Medical groups warn against practice of splitting one ventilator between 2 patients

(Newser) - As the US takes the No. 1 spot in coronavirus cases, the epicenter of the outbreak here has approved a controversial process in anticipation of ventilator shortages. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday his state's hospitals can now split one ventilator between two patients—a "not ideal... More »

Document Lets Nurses Share COVID-19 Tales Anonymously

Nurses detail fears, 'unacceptable' supply shortages in online document

(Newser) - US hospitals battling the coronavirus pandemic have become "war zones," according to a private online document used by more than 1,200 health care workers. New Jersey nurse Sonja Schwartzbach created the Google document a week ago as a place for health care workers to detail working conditions,... More »

Moms-to-Be React to Virus Ban: 'So Much Anxiety Now'

2 major NYC health care systems ban partners, other support people in hospital delivery rooms

(Newser) - An outcry has emerged after two major hospital systems in the New York City area have enacted strict policies on who can accompany a mom-to-be into the delivery room during the coronavirus outbreak—notably, no one except medical staff. In a move that Dr. Dena Goffman, chief of obstetrics at... More »

Amid Virus Mask Shortage, Americans Step Up

Volunteers across nation are setting up sewing machines to get masks to health care workers

(Newser) - An interior decorator. A guy who waterproofs basements. A fashion designer. These are just a few of the Good Samaritans around the country who are sitting behind their sewing machines to churn out face masks for health care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. As more and more patients are diagnosed... More »

After 'Tragedy of Errors,' Woman Awarded Millions

Carolyn Boerste had to have leg amputated after nurses left sponge in her

(Newser) - A woman whose leg was amputated six years after undergoing heart surgery was awarded $10.5 million by a jury last month, after what her lawyers say was a "tragedy of errors" by multiple medical personnel. "Everything has changed," Carolyn Boerste says, per WAVE , which along with... More »

2 Patients, One Kidney, a 'Rare' Mistake

New Jersey hospital calls erroneous transplant an 'unprecedented event'

(Newser) - A New Jersey hospital is offering a mea culpa for an "unprecedented event" and vowing to put measures into places so something similar never happens again. Per NJ Advance Media , Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden acknowledged this week that a 51-year-old patient on the transplant list... More »

Overwhelmed Chicago Hospital Has to Turn Away Gun Victims

Mount Sinai had so many trauma patients it was forced to temporarily turn away new ones

(Newser) - In a weekend marred by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio , Chicago registered its own weekend of gun-violence chaos, with more than four dozen people gunned down, at least seven fatally, in various shootings around the city, WLS reports. The carnage was so bad in the Windy City, in fact,... More »

Teen Girl's Death at ER Remains a Mystery

Chloe Ricard was dropped off at hospital, and now her family wants answers

(Newser) - By the time Chloe Ricard arrived at a Lawrence, Mass., emergency room, medical staff said there was nothing they could do. The 13-year-old from Amesbury was pronounced dead "shortly after arrival" at Lawrence General Hospital at 4:47pm Monday, according to the Essex District Attorney's Office. But what... More »

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