Nursing Home

COVID-19 will change many things about America. One may be the care our older Americans get at nursing homes of skilled nursing facilities as they are largely known nowadays. Much of the war against COVID is being waged in these homes. Here in Connecticut, 40% of all deaths have been nursing home patients. Many of […]

Rest Day

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For the first time, net hospitalizations fell in Connecticut.  Still 1,938 people remain hospitalized.  Another 50 died. As I’ve mentioned I follow the patients EMS has brought into our hospital who test positive so I can alert EMS for them to check if they had any exposures.  For the most part now, it seems they […]

RO Number

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We are reaching our COVID-19 death peak in three days in Connecticut according to a new model by the University of Washington. Connecticut model Already people are discussing how we will reopen the state. Our Governor is a decent, cautious man and he wants to make certain he doesn’t open it too soon to let […]

Tiger

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It’s 12:59 A.M. I have given up on sleep. Fortunately tomorrow is my one day off (I will still go into the office to make my COVID EMS notifications) but I will go in at whatever time I feel like and will only stay for a couple hours. It’s not like I have to get […]

Latest Model

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On the day the Connecticut death toll topped 1,000, the University of Washington has revised their model for Connecticut down from 4,0003 expected deaths by June 3 to 2,732 deaths by August 4.  They now project the peak to be on April 21 one day earlier than the last model. Connecticut Model Hospitalizations only went […]

Way to Go

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He was found unresponsive on the city bench with a needle in his hand. The first responding police office shook him and he was able to come around with naloxone.  By the time I arrive, he is alert and angry. Three police officers stand around him with their arms crossed. He doesn’t want to go […]

A Different Day

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I worked twelve hours in the city today.  My partner and I lucked out as far as the COVID calls went.  I heard a ton of them go out, including a couple of cardiac arrests that sounded like they fit the bill of a person not feeling well for a couple of days with a […]

Turn for the Worse

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Not the best news today. First off, I learned a friend of mine has been admitted to the hospital after taking a turn for the worst at home.  My friend is not on a vent, but requires 100% 02 by nonrebreather mask. It is a reminder that behind each of these case numbers there is […]

Fatal ODs

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  The Connecticut Department of Public Health just released a warning to local public health directors of increased fatalities due to opioid overdoses, based on recent data from the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office. This has been a feared response of public health authorities in the midst of the COVID-109 epidemic. Historical data showed increased substance […]

Hypoxia

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Pouring rain and violent wind today in Connecticut.  It almost blew our hospital tent off the mountain.   I am home now and just finishing up making notifications to EMS services about COVID-positive patients.  Curiously, for the first time, one of the notifications was for a patient I was involved with as a paramedic.  Normally when […]

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