New Crisis: CV19 Destroying Kidney’s in High Percentage of Patients and NO Dialysis Machines

Ventilators aren’t the only machines in intensive care units that are in short supply. Doctors have been confronting an unexpected rise in patients with failing kidneys.

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Miriam Figueroa, a dialysis nurse at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, tended to a patient in the intensive care unit on Thursday.Credit...Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

NY Times: For weeks, U.S. government officials and hospital executives have warned of a looming shortage of ventilators as the coronavirus pandemic descended.

But now, doctors are sounding an alarm about an unexpected and perhaps overlooked crisis: a surge in Covid-19 patients with kidney failure that is leading to shortages of machines, supplies and staff required for emergency dialysis.

The disease is also shutting down some patients’ kidneys, posing yet another series of life-and-death calculations for doctors who must ferry a limited supply of specialized dialysis machines from one patient in kidney failure to the next. All the while fearing they may not be able to hook up everyone in time to save them.

It is not yet known whether the kidneys are a major target of the virus, or whether they’re just one more organ falling victim as a patient’s ravaged body surrenders. Dialysis fills the vital roles the kidneys play, cleaning the blood of toxins, balancing essential components including electrolytes, keeping blood pressure in check and removing excess fluids. It can be a temporary measure while the kidneys recover, or it can be used long-term if they do not. Another unknown is whether the kidney damage caused by the virus is permanent.  read more…

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/health/kidney-dialysis-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Health

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Can’t speak for anyone else, but I know for a fact 2000mg of vitamin in a day would have me spending a majority of it in the lavatory. Haha!

    • Indeed, the body can only absorb a small amount of vit C orally and it is vastly less than 2000mg, so all you are doing with a dose like that is making your pee cost a lot of money. Better to eat an orange and take off the tin foil hat.

  2. From the article…”It is not yet known whether the kidneys are a major target of the virus, or whether they’re just one more organ falling victim as a patient’s ravaged body surrenders.”
    Until definitively known whether this causal or circumstantial link to the virus, might want to tamp down on the title of this article?

  3. Taking that stuff results in expensive pee and has little effect on the body. Ask any legit doctor.

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