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Patient Care Update

The Maryland Department of Health is now allowing health care institutions in the state to start performing elective surgeries and procedures.

As our clinicians and staff continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine is working diligently to finalize plans that will enable us to increase clinical activity across our medical system in a coordinated, consistent and, most importantly, safe manner.

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Posted May 15, 2020
 
 
 
 

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Ahmad Ayyad: Getting Strong Again After COVID-19

PATIENT STORY

Ahmad Ayyad, 40, was healthy and fit before COVID-19 almost killed him. He’s now regaining his strength after a harrowing 25 days on ventilation. Read about Ayyad's recovery.

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Obesity Linked to Severity of COVID-19 Infection in Younger Adults

CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH

In a correspondence recently published in The Lancet, Johns Hopkins researchers examined the link between age and obesity of American patients with COVID-19 hospitalized in intensive care units.

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Don't Avoid Your Doctor During the Coronavirus Pandemic

You can — and should — get the care you need.
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Get updates on the number of COVID-19 patients at Johns Hopkins Medicine care facilities.

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Visit our staff appreciation gallery where you can see how we are caring for patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bruce Wright speaks about impacts of COVID19 at his workplace

Bruce Wright, a surgical technologist with the Kimmel Cancer Center explains the impact to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daliah Halboni wearing PPE

Critical care specialist Daliah Halboni, with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, says that during this pandemic it’s especially important to find the best way to serve each patient.

Kimberly Kelly gives brief tour of COVID19 unit at Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital Nursing Director Kimberly Kelly gives a brief tour of a COVID-19 unit and explains how staff are caring for patients.

Chrystal Brown stands in front of tents in Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital

Like other care team members across Johns Hopkins, primary care practice manager Chrystal Brown has expanded her duties to help support COVID-19 efforts.

Dawn Silver wears birthday crown and PPE while holding tray of food

Dawn Silver, a food services hostess at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, explains the important role food service workers have during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lynne Lightfoote stands in front of Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital

Obstetrician and gynecologist Lynne Lightfoote says the pandemic has increased camaraderie among physicians and nurses as they strive to support each other.

Rick Redett talks about redeployment at adult ICU

Pediatric plastic surgeon Rick Redett shares what it’s like to be redeployed to the adult ICU to help treat COVID-19 patients.

Bruce Wright speaks about impacts of COVID19 at his workplace
Bruce Wright, a surgical technologist with the Kimmel Cancer Center explains the impact to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daliah Halboni wearing PPE
Critical care specialist Daliah Halboni, with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, says that during this pandemic it’s especially important to find the best way to serve each patient.
Kimberly Kelly gives brief tour of COVID19 unit at Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital Nursing Director Kimberly Kelly gives a brief tour of a COVID-19 unit and explains how staff are caring for patients.
Chrystal Brown stands in front of tents in Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital
Like other care team members across Johns Hopkins, primary care practice manager Chrystal Brown has expanded her duties to help support COVID-19 efforts.
Dawn Silver wears birthday crown and PPE while holding tray of food
Dawn Silver, a food services hostess at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, explains the important role food service workers have during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lynne Lightfoote stands in front of Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital
Obstetrician and gynecologist Lynne Lightfoote says the pandemic has increased camaraderie among physicians and nurses as they strive to support each other.
Rick Redett talks about redeployment at adult ICU
Pediatric plastic surgeon Rick Redett shares what it’s like to be redeployed to the adult ICU to help treat COVID-19 patients.
 
 

Treating Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19

Patients in treatment for substance use disorder still need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff at facilities throughout the Johns Hopkins community are making sure they get it, one way or another.
substance use disorder telemedicine
 

Johns Hopkins Team Develops Method to Make Dialysis Fluid for Patients with COVID-19

When New York-based hospitals started running low on dialysis fluid for patients with COVID-19 and acute kidney injury, a team from the Division of Nephrology and the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering quickly devised a solution.
Nephrologists Chirag Parikh (left) and Derek Fine manipulated a conventional dialysis machine (shown here) to produce dialysis fluid for continuous veno-venous hemodialysis, the type of dialysis used in intensive care.
 

Johns Hopkins Helps Patients and Families Stay Connected When COVID-19 Prohibits Visits

With no visitors allowed in Johns Hopkins hospitals during COVID-19, the patient experience office made sure patients had ways of connecting to family and friends, and ways to stay entertained during their stay.
Nurse Shelby Cahill helps Shawn Hoke, a patient in the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit, navigate the MyChart Bedside tablet, which is equipped with apps to help patients stay connected to the outside world during their hospital stay
 

Nurses Lead Creation of ‘Prone Team’ to Help Manage Patients with Coronavirus Who Are in Crisis

A team of Johns Hopkins nurses is leading an effort to place patients with COVID-19 on their stomachs to try to increase the amount of oxygen to the bottom and back parts of the lungs. The technique relieves some of the pressure caused by gravity, the heart and the diaphragm when lying on the back, and it can help clear respiratory secretions.
The Prone Team
 

Johns Hopkins ‘Go Team’ Helps Nursing Homes Manage COVID-19

The Johns Hopkins Go Team, formed a decade ago to help communities recover from catastrophes like hurricanes, is now helping local nursing homes cope with COVID-19.
The 'Go Team' prepares in the parking lot
 

Coronavirus and Music: Industry CEOs Get Safety Advice from Johns Hopkins

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music fans will likely have to wait until 2021 for a return to concerts, according to infectious disease experts from Johns Hopkins.
A drumset onstage is backlit in pink light and fog
 

Coronavirus Transport: Johns Hopkins Lifeline Team Focuses on Safety for Patients and Staff Members

In response to COVID-19, Johns Hopkins is employing safety plans learned during the Ebola crisis to transport patients safely within and between its hospitals.
Johns Hopkins Lifeline critical care transport team members prepare to enter a patient room at Howard County General Hospital.
 

Johns Hopkins Tends to the Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health of Staff

A new connected effort has been implemented to support all Johns Hopkins Health System employees as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ty Crowe leads meditation in the Unified Incident Command Center
 

At Johns Hopkins, Recovery for Many COVID-19 Survivors Begins in the ICU

Patients with COVID-19 are staying longer than the average in the ICU, which puts them at great risk for developing post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).
An illustration of a patient in the ICU
 

State Taps Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland to Open COVID-19 Recovery Unit at Baltimore Convention Center

Part of Maryland’s preparation for an expected surge of COVID-19 patients is a field hospital at the Baltimore Convention Center where patients can be transferred from area hospitals to finish their recovery.
James Ficke, M.D.
 

‘All Hands on Deck’ as Johns Hopkins Facilities Teams Prepare Hospitals for COVID-19

Engineers, carpenters, painters and other facilities workers throughout the Johns Hopkins Health System have been working at a frenetic pace to prepare hospitals for patients with COVID-19.
Facilities staff add ductwork to a patient room.
 

Home-Based Care Embraces Telemedicine During Coronavirus Crisis

JHOME nurse practitioner Amy Kilen now checks on her elderly, chronically ill patients mostly through telemedicine rather than in-home visits due to the coronavirus.
nurse puts on PPE before a visit
 

Read More About Johns Hopkins' Response to COVID-19

Visit the full collection of articles sharing the ways Johns Hopkins Medicine is using its expertise to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
 

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Featured Experts

Brian Garibaldi, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Physiology
Director, Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit
Associate Program Director, Osler Internal Medicine Residency Program

Noreen Hynes, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases
Medical Director, Tropical Medicine Ambulatory Consultation Service
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Travel Health Consultation Service

Gabor Kelen, M.D.

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Director, Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER)

Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Senior Director of Infection Prevention, The Johns Hopkins Health System
Hospital Epidemiologist, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S.

Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Lauren Sauer, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
 

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