Dedicated Teams For Non-ICU Patients With COVID


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Tufts Medical Center has four teams dedicated to caring for patients who have tested positive for coronavirus, but don't need to be in the ICU.

"These patients aren't all coming in for COVID," said Dr. David Thaler, neurologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. "They're coming in for other things and happen to have COVID. They've tested positive, and so they need to be isolated into our COVID ward."

Dr. Thaler has shifted gears from his usual work. He told WBZ NewsRadio he now heads of one of the hospital's four COVID-19 teams that only treat coronavirus-positive patients who have not been admitted to intensive care.

"There was a neurology patient, for example, who came in for essentially a seizure," said Dr. Thaler. "[She] happened to have COVID, so she couldn't be on the regular neurology floor, and so she ended up on my service."

Tufts Medical Center is planning to add another two non-ICU COVID teams if the need arises.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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