Collateral Damage: Transplantation Amid COVID-19

From Medium

The headlines are all too familiar, harkening back to earlier in the year when the coronavirus first hit. COVID infections are rising at an alarming rate in states across the country like Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. Nationwide, the seven day average of new cases has been nearly 70,000 per day. Florida alone has consistently reported around 10,000 new infections per day. Hospital bed availability in Miami has dwindled with over 2,000 hospitalizations reported recently in Miami-Dade county.

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Burnout made me quit my transplant practice. Front-line workers need help, too.

From The Washington Post

The story caught my eye — although it was the photograph that really drew me in.

The woman smiling back at me from the newspaper was a seemingly happy doctor in a crisply starched white coat, the armor that she — and all of us doctors — wear as a symbol of virtue, hope and goodness.

But the headline was grim: “Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated Virus Patients Dies by Suicide.”

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Ventilators Don’t Cure COVID-19. What Happens When People Come Off Them? | Opinion

From Newsweek

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds in sections, it appears that the question of whether there will be enough ventilators available for everyone that needs one has been answered.

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Science on the fly: Resist the urge to jump on every new COVID-19 theory

From Chicago Tribune

Each morning during these most unusual of times, I find an inbox filled with messages from both my medical colleagues and well-informed laypeople attaching articles or links to webpages referencing the latest “breakthroughs” in the fight against the coronavirus.

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In health care access, doctor privelege is real. This is how it works

From Salon.com

COVID-19 has made me ask myself if I would “make the call” to get a loved one treatment. I’ve considered it before

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Supply Isn’t the Problem With Organ Transplants

From The Wall Street Journal

There are plenty of donors to meet the need, but the system is so inefficient that available organs often don’t reach desperate patients.

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As the Need for Organ Transplants Grows, the Number of Transplant Physicians Dwindles

From STAT

During the 25 years I’ve been a transplant doctor, I’ve cared for hundreds of patients who received lung transplants.

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