Guillain-Barre Syndrome

We used to think of this as only being associated with the flu. But we know now that GBS can be associated with any insult to the immune system, known or unknown (unknown in up to 40% of cases!). Now that we know COVID-19 can present, especially early on, with neurological symptoms, we need toContinue reading “Guillain-Barre Syndrome”

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Part 1: DVTs

UPDATED!!! This is the first half of a two-part installment on VTEs. Keep an eye out for part 2 on pulmonary embolisms (PEs) and how these are associated with COVID-19, coming soon! If you work in outpatient therapy, this has probably been on your radar with just about every post-operative patient that comes through yourContinue reading “Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Part 1: DVTs”

The Counting Talk Test

Time to give you guys another tool. This one is especially important for patients with COVID-19, and it’s not terribly often that we get an objective measure for exertion. I’ve found the counting talk test to be critical in quantifying exertion in my patients with respiratory diagnoses. This measure is phenomenal for taking breathlessness inContinue reading “The Counting Talk Test”

The Beta Blockade

Ugh, medications… I know, I know. I will try to make this as painless as possible. This one matters. It REALLY matters. For patients who have COVID-19 and for patients who don’t. Please take a quick read. Let’s start off by asking some questions. What does a β-blocker do? Blocks norepinephrine and epinephrine from bindingContinue reading “The Beta Blockade”

Pulse Oximetry and O2 Saturation

This may seem simple… but it is my constant battle: valuable but so difficult. This is one simple vitals measurement with one tiny tool. There can’t be that much to it… Let’s go for a ride down the river. The first day at your new job, there are lots of jobs for your team toContinue reading “Pulse Oximetry and O2 Saturation”

Renal Failure???

Yes, that’s right. Renal Failure. You may be asking yourself, “Why are we talking about renal failure?” You may also be asking yourself, “Has Doctor B lost her marbles? COVID-19 is a pulmonary disease!” You may also be thinking, “I just learned all this stuff about the lungs and now I have to learn aboutContinue reading “Renal Failure???”