Open Mics With Doctor Stites 9-21-22

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Jill Chadwick

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     The University of Kansas Health System is treating a total of 58 COVID patients today, up from 57 yesterday. Other significant numbers:

  • 32 with the active virus today, 35 yesterday
  • 2 in ICU, 4 yesterday
  • 2 on ventilators, 3 yesterday
  • 26 hospitalized but out of acute infection phase, 22 yesterday

Key points from today’s guests:

 

Dr. Steve Stites, chief medical officer, The University of Kansas Health System

  • Joined live from Las Vegas from the Vizient Connections Summit, a gathering of academic medical centers from around the country
  • Is part of a health system team showing the medical community how we have effectively disseminated COVID knowledge every day during the pandemic
  • Believes it’s important to stay calm and stick to the medical facts and is proud the health system has become a trusted source of COVID information. “We’re not trying to scare people, we’re trying to teach people.”
  • Program “Show Me the Science,” has taken on controversial topics, such as ivermectin as a COVID treatment, and explained scientifically why it is not effective.
  • Program has helped rally the community during COVID surges by assembling chief medical officers from the region, not as competitors but as medical colleagues, to speak in unison about the problem
  • Calls being part of the daily Morning Medical Update, “The greatest work I’ve ever had the honor to be a part of.” He adds, “It’s been an honor because as a physician you get to take care of people. It’s been an honor to be on this program because we get to help take care of a community.”

Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Health System

  • Noted the Moderna booster is in short supply in some areas, but it’s OK to get a Pfizer booster even if you’ve previously had Moderna
  • Says it’s OK to get a flu shot and a COVID booster at the same time
  • It’s best to wait 8-12 weeks after having COVID to get a booster

Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 a.m. is the next Morning Medical Update. More than 12 thousand women will die from ovarian cancer this year.  The good news? The FDA has approved four new drugs in the past three years to help treat it. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected and we’ll show you how to better spot the signs.

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