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  • Why Paramedics Are Now Needed in the Emergency Room

    May 18, 2020

    The fear of coming into contact with COVID-19 has many people making dangerous gambles with their health and avoiding emergency care until they are in crisis. But at Hartford HealthCare (HHC), that’s when experts in pre-hospital medical care are pressed into service. Paramedics like Tom Latosek at HHC’s Charlotte Hungerford…

  • 7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

    May 15, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint…

  • How COVID-19 Might Reshape Healthcare

    May 15, 2020

    As “unprecedented” as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) President and CEO Jeff Flaks said it will guide transformation of the healthcare industry. “We’re going to see a new industry emerge worldwide – new beds, new ways to clean rooms, new ways to enter rooms,” he said in…

  • Covid-19 and Your Car (And, Soon, New Passengers)

    May 14, 2020

    Getting back into the real world of a reopened economy also means getting back into your car more frequently, sometimes with other people. Think of a vehicle as a tiny living space. OK, you’re already paranoid. So start by maintaining, as best as possible within that space, the practices shared…

  • New Report: Summer Heat Won’t Slow COVID-19

    May 11, 2020

    The flu is seasonal, but experts say COVID-19 is not, so don’t expect it to take a break as the mercury rises this summer. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a report May 8 in which University of Toronto researchers reported the virus and its spread is not fueled by…

  • Healthcare Workers Front and Center During COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 06, 2020

    Even if  we were not commemorating National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week this month, it would certainly feel like it. The signs are everywhere in communities across Connecticut, on mailboxes and lawns, in household windows and on windshields. Our health, and the state’s healthcare workers, have…

  • Chief Clinical Officer: No Reason to Put Off Procedures Now

    May 05, 2020

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic saw hospitals nationwide cancel all but emergent surgeries to keep people out of the buildings and safely away from any potential contact with the lethal virus. With the COVID-19 peak for hospitalizations passed in Connecticut, those days are about to pass, and Dr. Ajay Kumar,…

  • Antiviral Drug Remdesivir To Be Used For Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients

    May 05, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare will start using the recently-approved drug remdesivir for specific, extremely ill COVID-19 patients within the next week. Eric Arlia, MBA, RPh, senior director of pharmacy for the system, said he expects a supply from the federal government, which is distributing the drug to healthcare facilities based on the number…

  • The Top 7 COVID-19 Symptoms, Ranked by Prevalence

    May 05, 2020

    Initial COVID-19 symptoms vary, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people with a coronavirus infection will experience: Fever (83-99 percent). Cough (59-82 percent). Fatigue (44-70 percent). Anorexia: loss of appetite (40-84 percent). Shortness of breath (31-40 percent). Sputum production (28-33 percent). Muscle aches (11-35 percent). The…

  • How Will Hospitals Prepare for Second Wave During COVID-19 Slowdown?

    May 04, 2020

    Warm weather may beckon, but this is not the time to relax social distancing practices because national and local healthcare experts still predict a second wave of COVID-19 will hit this fall. “Social distancing is the only thing we have to decrease the spread of this disease,” said Dr. Ajay Kumar,…

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