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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending May 8th

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Temple University Health System’s preparations for and treatment of patients amidst the coronavirus pandemic continue to be part of the media’s COVID-19 coverage.

  • Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lung Center, spoke with KYW Newsradio about some simple exercises that patients on the mend from COVID-19 can do at home to aid in their recovery.
  • Temple University Hospital is participating in a variety of clinical trials that are testing investigational treatment options for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Dr. Criner discussed those clinical trials with Philadelphia magazine. Temple treated the first patient in the United States in the BREATHE clinical trial, which will evaluate the impact of IV treatment with gimsilumab on mortality for patients with COVID-19 and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Dr. Criner discussed gimsilumab with PhillyVoice.
  • Carrie Murawski, BSN, RN, senior nurse manager at Temple University Hospital, and Nicole Ley, BSN, RN-BC, a clinical nurse at TUH, joined CBS3 for a live segment during National Nurses Week.
  • 6ABC featured Temple University Hospital nurses as part of a segment about National Nurses Day.
  • Business Insider interviewed Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital, about a lack of access to remdesivir, an antiviral medication granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients with COVID-19.
  • Jamie Garfield, MD, Associate Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Assistant Chief Quality Officer for Temple Faculty Physicians, and Director of Quality and Improvement and Patient Safety for the Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital, offered insight to NBC10 about the ongoing challenges as a result of the pandemic and the emotional impact of COVID-19.
  • Hernan Alvarado, Director of Respiratory Therapy at Temple University Health System, provided perspective about pulse oximeters for a Philadelphia Inquirer article. The device helps measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
  • Stephanie Javier-Fagbemi, a third-year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, described her work with the Philadelphia Organization of Health Professional Students (POHPS) and Connect for COVID-19 for an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s UpSide section. She has helped the group distribute smart devices to nursing homes and hospitals during the pandemic in an effort to ensure patients can connect with their families – which hit home for her after a relative wasn’t able to do so.
  • A Philadelphia Inquirer article examining the lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care workers included insight from Maureen May, RN, a critical care nurse in Temple University Hospital’s Infant Intensive Care Unit, and featured TUH’s participation in the HERO Registry.
  • Jeremy Buck, RN, shared how much the support of the Army Reserve’s Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force has meant to the staff and patients at Temple University Hospital in a segment with CBS3.
  • David Becker, MD, FACC, Director of the Preventive and Integrative Heart Health Program at the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute, wrote a blog post for the Philadelphia Inquirer about why hospital volume has decreased for non-coronavirus patients. He also penned a column describing 10 reasons to stay optimistic during the pandemic.
  • Hershey’s is shipping DC Comics superhero chocolate bars to workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The New York Daily News highlighted that Temple University Hospital recently received a delivery.
  • Steven Singer Jewelers provided meals to staff at Temple University Hospital earlier this week. CBS3 covered the donation.
  • CBS3 captured Geno’s Steaks donating lunch to staff at Temple University Hospital last Friday.