It is well documented that influenza epidemics are associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction, as are all systemic inflammatory disorders. Investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine wanted to determine if coronavirus infection induced a higher risk of ischemic stroke than other viral infections, such as influenza.
The Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services continues to survey hospitals and long-term care facilities for infection control measures to prevent the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The inspections assess the basics of hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), and staff education — things most facilities should be doing months into a pandemic.
Infection preventionists are playing critical roles in the coronavirus response, raising the profile of a profession that will never be viewed quite the same again after having been forged in the crucible of the worst pandemic in a century.
This case demonstrates the need to carefully monitor patients during the relevant times, particularly during and after surgery, and to investigate abnormal conditions. The primary basis for the medical malpractice liability in this case was the surgeon’s failure to diagnose and timely treat the infection, which escalated and caused severe, irreparable damage and pain to the patient.
Although the pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has been relatively benign in children compared to adults, there is growing concern about an emerging syndrome that causes severe, sometimes fatal, outcomes in pediatric patients.
COVID-19 infection may be associated with an increased risk of blood clotting and related thrombotic events, but there are insufficient data to support indiscriminately discontinuing medications that play a critical role in the management of chronic cardiovascular disease.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, investigators in multiple countries are reporting patients with myriad cranial and peripheral nerve disorders that have some, but not all, features of Guillain-Barré syndrome.