As the St. Louis region grapples with reopening businesses and lifting stay-at-home orders, more than 100 students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been volunteering to help local health departments perform case investigations and contact tracing, which are essential public health strategies to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19 in-home monitoring program launched (Links to an external site)
People with COVID-19 who are seen by Washington University physicians or BJC Medical Group providers, but not sick enough to be hospitalized, can be enrolled in an in-home health monitoring program. With daily check-ins for each patient via smartphone app or phone call, the program helps medical professionals identify signs of worsening illness early so […]
New COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool and Registry
Lead by Washington University, researchers in the field of critical care outcomes have collaborated to set up an open-access website that provides an outcome risk assessment calculator for severe COVID-19 patients getting various treatments. Read more and download flyer
On the front lines in fight against COVID-19 (Links to an external site)
Emergency medicine physician Komo Gursahani, MD, suits up in gloves, disposable gown, N95 mask and face shield before she sees patients, many of whom arrive in the emergency room seriously ill with COVID-19. Gursahani is one of many Washington University physicians on the front lines of the battle against the novel coronavirus. (Photo: Erin Jones/Barnes-Jewish […]
COVID-19 survivors needed to donate blood plasma (Links to an external site)
Infectious diseases physicians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an expanded access program to give blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to critically ill patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Led by principal investigator Rachel Presti, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine, a team of researchers began enrolling potential donors […]
Study to evaluate antidepressant as potential COVID-19 treatment (Links to an external site)
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a clinical trial in patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 but who are not sick enough to be hospitalized. The trial is investigating whether the antidepressant medication fluvoxamine, which is currently used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), can be repurposed […]
Heart Team Summit COVID-19 Town Hall
The Heart Team Summit Team is pleased to invite you to a second one hour complimentary webinar on Thursday April 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM (CDT) featuring Cardiology and Pulmonary Critical Care faculty from Ascension St. Vincent, Northwestern Medicine and Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine. View here for more information.
Clinical trial launches to evaluate antimalarial drugs for COVID-19 treatment (Links to an external site)
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is launching a clinical trial for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The trial will investigate the effectiveness of different combinations of the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin in treating ill patients infected with the novel coronavirus. Express Scripts, a Cigna company, […]
Medical clinic shifts approach to patient care to defend against COVID-19 (Links to an external site)
Just six weeks into her job as medical director of the Washington University Complete Care Clinic, Jennifer Schmidt, MD, had to completely redesign how the clinic operates to account for COVID-19. The viral infection had been in the news before she started her job Feb. 1, but like most Americans, Schmidt hadn’t felt the need to change […]
Possible COVID-19 treatment: transfusion of antibodies from recovered patients’ blood (Links to an external site)
With no drugs or vaccines yet approved for COVID-19 and the number of U.S. cases increasing by the thousands every day, doctors are looking to revive a century-old therapy for infectious diseases: transfusing antibodies from the blood of recovered patients into people who are seriously ill. During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, doctors were […]
WashU in the News: MSNBC The Beat With Ari Melber – Coronavirus (Links to an external site)
Coronavirus Information from Dr. Hilary Babcock (Links to an external site)
Dr. Hilary Babcock, an infectious disease specialist at Washington University School of Medicine and BJC’s director of infection prevention, shares some important information about coronavirus.
WashU in the News: KMOV Ask the Expert – Coronavirus (Links to an external site)
So many questions are surfacing regarding the Coronavirus so we called in Dr. Hilary Babcock from Barnes-Jewish Hospital to answer them once and for all.