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  1. Case Study: Sudden Severe Pain

    Labs: CMP; Liver panel; amylase & lipase; CBC Vital Signs? Any urinary symptoms? Any aggravating factors such as fatty foods?
  2. If you look at the photo, they have proper PPE gowns underneath the garbage bags. Maybe the bags just serve to extend the life of the PPE? Like wearing a surgical mask over an N95. They look pretty safely garbed
  3. That mortality rate is inaccurate because it is based on CONFIRMED cases. We cannot know the true mortality rate without knowing the true infection rate. and https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-take...
  4. Recruit coronavirus survivors to help health care providers?

    The patients have got to feel lonely and isolated with no visitors allowed. I could see a role for volunteers to visit and provide company and comfort. to those who want it. I expect the hospital would want them to sign a liability release waiver.
  5. COVID-19 NJ/NY State of Affairs and Future Predictions

    Jerri Jorgensen age 65 had the virus and had a few hours of symptoms- otherwise felt fine. https://video.foxnews.com/v/6139308142001 Keep in mind that at least 80% of cases are mild to moderate. (And that percent may be far higher because we don't k...
  6. COVID-19 NJ/NY State of Affairs and Future Predictions

    If you are under age 44, the death rate is minimal. NYC is finally publishing age data: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page Under age 44- only 4 deaths per hundred thousand.
  7. To be a coward, or to be a fool?

    Yes, LIFE INSURANCE, and a Veteran's benefit style health and disability insurance for disease related complications. Double Ditto and I'll raise: When they give you "occurrences" for calling in sick, double "occurrences" if it is on the weekend or ...
  8. A COVID-19 Dilemma:  Where are all the PPEs?

    Lesson learned: We should become less reliant on disposable PPE and come up with reusable options. Perhaps each nurse could aquire our own reusable mask -much like we do our stethoscope- but from a list of "approved" models. I know of a hospital whic...
  9. Considering Quitting my Job

    I know of a hospital which is using reusable N99 masks on the COVID floors. In between patients, the nurse wipes the exposed part of the mask down with purple top wipes. At the end of the shift, the nurse washes the mask with soap and water in prepar...
  10. Am I a coward for going on FMLA due to COVID?

    You can get a doctor's note. The doctor will not refuse. Send an email through their contact portal listing your risk factors- that way your request is documented. My doctor called back immediately and insisted that I accept a note excusing me from...
  11. Afraid of dying

    Of patients age 0-44 there have been 3 deaths per 100,000 people in NYC. That is a 0.003% death rate.
  12. Afraid of dying

    On the highly publicized deaths of the exceedingly rare younger patient "with no known risk factor" Even though there is no KNOWN risk factor, there could be undiagnosed or undocumented risk factors. CDC collects data "on presence or absence of under...
  13. Afraid of dying

    This is the data from NYC. They are finally publishing the rates by age. It will be reassuring for those of you under age 44. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page
  14. COVID-19: Nurse Shortages

    California: On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division ...
  15. I just got a waiver excusing me from work till it is less dangerous, I wasn't asking the doctor for this- she suggested it saying "working anywhere in the hospital is dangerous right now and especially for those with risk factors". If I had a $500K l...