This is a scary, unprecedented times for providers, and is especially tough for newly minted nurse practitioners.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about coronavirus aka COVID-19 (but actually, SARS-Cov-2 is it’s real name).
What we know feels like it’s changing by the minute, but below I’ve done an update for what we know so far, and what you need to know as a primary care nurse practitioner to care for patients, educate, and help prevent the spread of the virus.
- What to look for in patients with COVID-19
- What treatments are effective (and not)
- Who to be concerned about, who and when to test
- Special population concerns (pediatrics, pregnant people)
- When to use droplet vs airborne precautions (and what garb to wear)
Check it out here 👇
Resources I mentioned:
- Cases in the US
- State and health department websites
- Testing reports US
- Optimizing use of facemasks
- Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin clinical trial in hospitalized patients
- Cases dropping in South Korea – Covid 19 management
- Care at home for patients with COVID 19 (CDC)
- NEJM COVID-19 articles
- Imperial College impact predictions (possible 2.2 million deaths, not considering healthcare shortages depending on measures taken to contain it)
Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you.
Leave me a comment with any updates you’re aware of (with a reference if possible!) or any other questions you have.
Thanks so much for watching. Hang in there, and I’ll see you soon.