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By Donna Cope
The pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the medical community, as reported today by UAB Hospital CEO Anthony Patterson, whose facility as of Jan. 6 is caring for 294 COVID-19 patients.
That number includes 210 COVID-positive patients and 84 convalesced patients. For the most part, patients are placed in a unit devoted to COVID care. Patterson said that placing patients in the right venue is very important for protecting staff, other patients and faculty. UAB uses the term COVID convalesce for patients who are no longer infectious to others but remain very sick and are potentially unable to survive without intensive medical care and attention.
“Sharing the convalesce numbers does a better job to demonstrate and measure the impact of COVID-19 and those that are affected by the virus, and by the hospital resources that are ultimately required to take care of the patient population,” Patterson said.
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