Tag Archives: Covid-19

Undercount

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I responded to a cardiac arrest right out of the chute yesterday. Elderly woman recently out of a SNF had been showing signs of delirium according to the family in the last few days, who last saw her alive at midnight. A BLS crew was dispatched for an unresponsive as the only crew available. We […]

Isolation

I enter the house by myself, wearing a surgical mask, goggles and gloves. I hold a yellow full body gown in my hand, ready to put it on if need be. The daughter leads me into a bedroom where her father lays on the ground on his back in the doorway between the bedroom and […]

Finally

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The state ordered all health care workers in the state to wear masks today.  Just a few weeks ago, my wife was getting chastised for wearing a mask at work and scaring everyone.  Then one of her coworkers got sick with COVID and ended up on a vent.  So now on self-isolation, she has left […]

July 5

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The epidemic will largely be over in Hartford County on July 5th according to a new graph released by the state health department.  The peak will be around May 22, assuming people maintain social distancing.  This makes much more sense to me than the projected date of April 15 for the entire state.   Hartford will […]

Waiting

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Connecticut has been named by the White House as one of the next “hot spots” for COVID. This is based on the fact that 15% or more of our COVID tests are positive. A University of Washington model says the outbreak will peak in this state on April 15 and our hospital’s capacities will be […]

Mask Up

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There are five types of COVID EMS calls. 1. Patient is known COVID with confirmed positive test. EMS is notified of this prior to arrival. We wear appropriate PPE. One provider enters the house, and if the patient is ambulatory, walks them out to the ambulance. If they need a stair chair or stretcher, a […]

Prayer

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We were nonstop in the morning. Then they sent us to cover a suburban town. From the radio, I could hear the city was still busy. We parked next to a small basketball court that no one ever plays at. Since they shut down all the hoops in my hometown, I have been coming here […]

Radio Traffic

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“We’re going to need Decon.” “Main Street, use full precautions.” “We have an isolation patient.” “Shortness of breath, fever, just moved here from New York.” “4th Floor apartment, vomiting, fever, use precautions.” “We need resupply, out of gowns.” “Positive screen. Take all precautions.” Patient on corner, just left hospital who wouldn’t test him because they […]

Balance

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I slept an extra half hour this morning. I was tired from my 12 hours in the city, and trying to get closer to the recommended eight hours of sleep, instead of the five or six I normally operate on. I joked with my wife that most of the signs and symptoms of COVID–headache, malaise, […]

Released Prisoners, COVID, and Substance Use

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Many prison systems in the United States are admirably releasing low risk prisoners to try to prevent an epidemic of COVID-19 from ravaging the inmate populations, particularly in crowded prisons. Neglect of Prisoners During Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens to Further Escalate the Current Crisis US jails begin releasing prisoners to stem Covid-19 infections While a great, […]

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