August 18, 2021
Many ER departments are particularly stressed because they have been giving remdesivir or monoclonal antibodies to patients who are showing signs of illness but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, according to Mark Rosenberg, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and chair of emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson and Wayne, N.J. The testing, preparation, infusion and observation can take a half-day or more.
"If you are seeing several hundred patients a day and a high percentage have covid and require treatment, this takes up a lot of resources and adds a lot of hours during the day," Rosenberg said.
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