The Case for Organized Post-COVID Care

June 18, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 19, 2020

As the world approaches the 6-month mark with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, hospitals have begun to organize after-care for survivors of severe COVID-19, as discussed in this article by MedPage Today.

Heart injury, acute kidney injury, and mental health sequelae (including post-traumatic stress disorder), are not uncommon after ICU care, aside from the loneliness and anxiety of quarantine and recovery at all levels of COVID-19 severity. Unfortunately, no guidelines for post-COVID follow-up have emerged yet. Algorithms and even formal clinics to manage this care have instead popped up at individual centers and health systems.

New York City institutions may be on the forefront of setting up such programs, given the number of cases, the severity of cases, and the strengths of the medical community, noted Richard Becker, MD, director of the University of Cincinnati Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute.

“However, large academic centers like ours and others around the country will follow suit. And there will be encouragement from the heart associations and the lung association and others to do so.” he predicted. “Everyone should be thinking in those terms.”

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