Southwest Florida and COVID- 19: A Large Community Experience
Anita M Arnold, Silvia Caswell, Karla Quevedo, Chongsun Oh, Matthew J Mick
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: April 17, 2021
Initial reports of COVID-19 infection suggested certain populations were at high risk if infected, yet it was unclear how best to identify, triage and treat those patients. COVID-19 is a novel virus initially reported from Wuhan, Hubei province in December 2019 that has spread globally. As the virus spread, clinicians were trying to assess the populations at risk, how to treat and follow best practice guidelines as they were evolving. We sought to examine our community hospital experience, ident...
Salivary Oxidative Variables Affect the Severity of Periodontal Disease in a Geriatric Population
Ayse Rabia Isik, Seda Celik, Fevziye Burcu Sirin, Ozgur Koskan and Zuhal Yetkin AY
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: March 31, 2021
To evaluate the periodontal status and to investigate the possible role of some antimicrobial proteins and enzymes, and the oxidant/antioxidant balance in saliva of a geriatric population with different periodontal diseases. Assessments should be made about periodontal health, while preventive measures and treatment options/protocols should be developed for the elderly population in our country and in the world. Eighty participants aged ≥ 65 years were included and their periodontal parameters...
Left Out in the Cold: Dementia Care Partners during COVID-19
Christine Miller, MPH, MD (C)
Article Type: Commentary | First Published: March 29, 2021
The coronavirus disease 2019 has led to a reduction in hospital services across the globe in an attempt to manage existing and potential new cases of COVID-19. While Northern Ontario, Canada has not seen the influx in cases it had expected, many hospitals changed their visitor policies to limit or stop visitors from entering hospitals during this time period. Currently, many visitor policies in northern hospitals permit “essential care partners” for pediatric patients, laboring patients, pal...
The Influence of Cognitive Biases on Healthcare Provider Decision-Making for Patients with Advanced Dementia
Meira Erel, MSc, Esther-Lee Marcus, MD and Freda De Keyser Ganz, PhD
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: February 22, 2021
Decision-making is at the core of clinical practice. According to traditional decision-making theory, the ideal decision maker acts rationally. However, research in cognitive biases demonstrates that decisions are not perfectly rational, and often rely on unconscious processes. This study was conducted to examine cognitive biases of medical teams when making treatment decisions in acute medical conditions for patients with advanced dementia. This was a phenomenological qualitative descriptive st...
Ischemic CVA as a Complication of COVID-19: A Case Report
Njideka Udochi, MD, MPH, FAAFP, AAHIVS Hazel Jones Parker, DNP, CRNP, AAHIVS and Melonie Owusu, BSN, RN
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: January 30, 2021
COVID-19 is typically a respiratory or lung infection however the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been found to cause blood clots leading to stroke. The World Stroke Organization reported a 5% risk for an ischemic stroke in the setting of COVID-19. Stroke can occur regardless of age, symptoms, or comorbidities. However, patients with COVID-19 who had strokes were likely to be older, hypertensive with elevated D-dimer levels, cardiac troponin I, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and inte...