I’m an emergency medicine doctor: Here’s how we’re using ultrasound in innovative ways to combat COVID-19

I work at one of Philadelphia’s biggest infirmaries, where we’re starting to see a surge in COVID-1 9 specimen, and we’ve been able to adapt this common technology to more quickly diagnose coronavirus than use other techniques.

Tall and thin, wearing blue jeans, the patient ambled past me in the emergency department. Wearing a surgical cover-up, he went behind the triage harbour following her to the patient room and got hooked up to the heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen monitor. When I recruited, rolling a cart with an ultrasound machine the dimensions of the a laptop, I discover the fast beeping attend the rate of his heartbeat. I was wearing the uniform that’s become standard in the last two months: the cumbersome gave of equipment and outfits that people have come to know as PPE( personal protective equipment ). Bouffant hat, light-blue plastic garb wrapped and held at the waist, oversized goggles, an aqua-green N-9 5 concealment which was driving me nuts by chafing against the bridge of my nose, and purple gloves–size small.

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