Ochsner Journal Reports on COVID-19 Responses

The summer issue of the Ochsner Journal explores the COVID-19 pandemic from multiple perspectives, with an array of articles in a special section called Pandemic Perspectives @OchsnerHealth. One of the papers details how Ochsner implemented in-house diagnostic testing and significantly contributed to the concerted Louisiana response during the early days of the pandemic. Other articles provide insider looks at other COVID-19–related initiatives—all involving Ochsner Clinical School medical students—including the COVID-19 hotline that fielded thousands of calls from concerned residents. The issue also includes an important case series from Baptist that chronicles the lethal spread of the virus in four members of the same family.

This issue of the Journal marks the debut of a new quarterly column on sports medicine. Conceived and coordinated by Dr. Andrew Gottschalk of Ochsner’s Sports Medicine Institute, the column is designed to have broad appeal, featuring topics that will be of interest to physicians in an array of specialties. The first column addresses the efficacy of massage for athletes.

Other issue highlights include important research about the association between lymphocyte function and undernutrition in children with sickle cell anemia and the predictive failures of the Modified Early Warning System in a large cohort of hospitalized patients. Video games are associated with the development of thrombosis in adolescents, and this issue features a review of the risk and a survey of published cases about the phenomenon that has killed at least two gamers. Finally, one of this issue’s 12 case reports presents images of a severe case of keratitis that developed after facial injections of Botox.

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