COVID-19 and the Increased Risk of Medical Errors

Could Doctors or Nurses Be Too Distracted By COVID-19 to Provide Proper Care For Non-COVID Patients? Health care professionals face a heavy burden in a time of COVID. Every day, they place themselves at risk of infection as they care for more patients than they’re equipped to handle. Many are alarmingly short on sleep, taking on extra responsibilities to cover for coworkers who have contracted the disease. Even if they manage to remain physically healthy, the sheer mental burden of working in healthcare during a pandemic can be difficult to overcome. Given the unique challenges faced by today’s doctors and…

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Doctors, Nurses, And Other Healthcare Workers: Could Their Pandemic Burnout Put Patients At Risk?

  Far too many healthcare professionals suffered burnout long before coronavirus entered the lexicon. Today, however, overwork is even more of a threat. While demands vary between departments and facilities, many doctors and nurses report considerable fatigue prompted by the pandemic. This represents a huge risk not only for medical workers, but also for the vulnerable patients they treat. The State of Burnout in Healthcare United States medical professionals entered the coronavirus pandemic with alarming rates of burnout. An article from the Harvard Medical School references the current situation as “stabbing a fresh wound.” Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers…

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Quarantine Era Surgery And Diagnostic Delays: What Dangers Do They Cause?

  In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, several quarantine initiatives placed a moratorium on elective surgeries and other healthcare procedures. Additionally, many patients replaced traditional in-person checkups with virtual appointments, which, while helpful, do not always provide a sufficient substitute. These strict measures are beginning to ease up, but many patients still struggle to determine whether greater risk lies in avoiding medical settings or seeking critical care. We offer insight into this difficult decision below: The Risk of Delayed Diagnosis While the dangers of delayed diagnosis vary considerably based on the condition in question, early detection is always…

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Why Doctors Don’t Listen to Patients — And What You Can Do About It

  Excellent bedside manner is crucial in healthcare, and yet, many doctors fail to grant patients the respect and consideration they deserve. Not only is this distressing on an emotional level, it can lead to negative physical outcomes. You’re not as helpless as you might think, however. The following suggestions will help you take action and ensure that doctors pay attention: Document Symptoms Thoroughly Doctors sometimes struggle to restrain themselves from rolling their eyes when their patients rattle off lists of symptoms from WebMD. While these concerns are often valid, it’s also possible for patients to see problems where they…

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The Latest Science on How COVID Impacts Nursing Homes

  When the novel coronavirus first hit the United States, its impact was greatest in nursing homes throughout the nation. These remain the epicenter of some of the disease’s worst outbreaks. It’s easy to see why: not only do these facilities house those most vulnerable to the illness, many harbor unsanitary conditions and suffer numerous other forms of neglect. The problematic nature of COVID within nursing homes is confirmed in the latest scientific studies, which hold alarming findings. Below, we highlight the implications of the most relevant research — and how it might influence mitigation efforts moving forward. The Importance…

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Coronavirus And Delayed Health Care Procedures

In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, many local stay-at-home orders call for limits on elective health care procedures. While some of these can realistically be put off for a few weeks or even months, excessive delays could cause significant health problems down the road. Unfortunately, long waits are likely even as restrictions begin to ease up at the local level. Finally permitted to seek services they’ve waited on for months, patients will flock to clinics and hospitals. Meanwhile, resources will remain scarce as the coronavirus continues to place a burden on the health care system. Patience…

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Visiting the Doctor During a Pandemic: Steps to Take to Avoid Nosocomial Illness

While recent stay-at-home orders have limited our ability to seek elective surgeries and other treatments deemed non-essential, it’s not always possible to avoid the doctor or the emergency room. A variety of health issues persist in a time of coronavirus — and many cannot be properly treated via videoconferencing apps. Unfortunately, the spread of coronavirus dramatically increases the vulnerability of patients suffering unrelated health issues. This is particularly alarming in facilities that continue to face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essentials. However, while every appointment carries an element of risk, a few simple steps can shield you…

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How Can You Prepare For a Trip to the Hospital During COVID-19?

Written by Amy S. Griggs Trips to the hospital for any reason during this time of rampant COVID-19 spread are extremely stressful, but there are steps to take before seeking medical care to be sure your family is as prepared as possible. These tips can be applied under any circumstances, but they become more important as the country faces rapid increases in illness and hospitalizations. It is particularly critical to look out for the elderly and vulnerable populations and find ways to help and set their minds at ease. Taking actionable steps like those listed below can help to ease…

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Sweden’s Lack of Coronavirus Lockdown: How Has the Disease Progressed?

  Early responses to the COVID-19 pandemic varied dramatically from one country to the next. It now appears that many failed to act with appropriate urgency, thereby hastening the spread of the disease. Sweden, in particular, has attracted its fair share of criticism due to its government’s initial refusal to ban residents from gathering in public. The Early Response in Sweden As several European countries initiated stringent social distancing and stay-at-home measures, Sweden lagged behind. Swedish elementary schools remained open long after institutions in neighboring nations had been shut down. Likewise, patrons were allowed to continue visiting bars and restaurants….

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What Serological Tests Tell Us About the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus dominates today’s headlines, with many top stories delving into alarming delays or malfunctions for the tests we so desperately need. While many people believe that an early lack of testing exacerbated the problem in the United States, this issue is finally being addressed. Serological tests, in particular, promise to grant the medical community vital information about the disease’s current status. What Are Serological Tests? How Do They Work? Designed to measure antibodies present within the blood as infected individuals fight COVID-19, serological tests can determine immune response and its implications for recovery. These tests don’t focus on uncovering the…

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