Bronx physician teaches health care workers life-saving lessons about COVID-19
A physician in the Bronx traveled across the country twice to teach health care workers the life-saving lessons he learned in New York about the coronavirus.
Dr. Joshua Moskovitz says he has witnessed the virus’s effects firsthand. He is also a member of the Disaster Medical Team and shared lessons learned as a physician in the Bronx to Texas during the summer--when the state’s average positivity rate more than tripled in just a month.
“Now we have a larger quantity of people showing up with a higher level of disease and they're also infectious,” said Dr. Moskovitz.
He says when Wisconsin started seeing a similar spike in the fall, he took it on as a new assignment as part of a two-hospital assessment team.
“They had a lot of similar problems that we did and we were able to draw upon our experiences -- how do you surge in a facility? How do you change your testing practices? How do you change your procedures and policies? So we were able to provide some guidance,” said Dr. Moskovitz.
The associate director of the Emergency Department of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi had to rework their intake procedure in a way he says would stop the spread and save lives.
“We're actually working on the data right now to show that it worked remarkably well that we were able to send people home,” said Dr. Moskovitz.
He says his work in the Bronx continues.