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The patient didn’t read the textbook. As clinicians, we like adages. We rely on them. In January 2020, a new rapidly spreading infectious disease emerged – and the virus did not read the textbook. Also, the virus did not write the textbook. That’s our job, here at Elsevier. We publish the textbooks, journals, and digital clinical content to provide you, as a clinician, with the information you need to provide the best care.

Our Digital Content team has 60 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and allied health professionals. And we work with a vast network of internal and external authors and editors. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been on high alert, but not as front-line clinicians.

Our superpower is clinical perspective and knowledge translation. Every day our question is: what do you need to know? Which information can you trust to guide your practice? Every person on our team feels the urgency of getting it right so we can support our readers.

We do the work we do because we know how hard it is out there on the front-lines. In this blog, we give a different type of insight, pulling back the curtain and show you the inner workings of a clinical content team. We share with you how we work and who we are.

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Pediatrics Daily Rounds by Margaret Hessen, 7.30.20

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Recovering from COVID-19

Byline:  Margaret Trexler Hessen, MD, FACP, FSHEA, Director, Point of Care

Last week in this blog, we talked about the many permutations of COVID-19. As the pandemic grinds on and we gain a longer perspective, we find that many patients experience lingering health problems. Some of these are the predictable deconditioning that follows catabolic illness, prolonged bed rest and mechanical ventilation. With COVID-19, this is compounded by the fact that routine mitigating measures such as bedside PT are hampered by stringent infection prevention protocols and in some settings, overwhelmed resources.

Others are direct complications of the disease itself, such as strokes and other thrombotic events. Less commonly, some sequelae, such as Guillain Barre and acute disseminated encephalitis (ADEM), result from misdirected immune responses.

And then there are the “long haulers,” an increasingly recognized group of patients who experience a post-viral syndrome characterized by prolonged and profound fatigue exacerbated by physical activity, cognitive changes, and a variety of somatic symptoms, an unexplained condition resembling chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis.

This week, Daily Rounds focuses on recovering from COVID-19, including struggles at the individual patient level as well as the challenges healthcare systems face in addressing a largescale need for rehabilitation services. As always, it is Elsevier’s goal to improve every patient outcome; to that end, we have introduced a Physical Rehabilitation toolkit, freely available on the Healthcare Hub, to provide resources for the continuum of care beyond the ICU and hospital ward…the recovery phase.


Access our physical rehabilitation toolkit for additional resources to help patients as they leave the hospital.

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