COVID-19 and the Hospital Neurologist: How should we confront the COVID pandemic? Nobuo Kohara 1,2 , Michi Kawamoto 1 1Department of Neurology, Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital 2Department of Rehabilitation, Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital Keyword: 新型コロナウイルス感染症 , COVID-19 , 院内感染 , 神経症状 , 意識障害 , リハビリテーション , nosocomial infection , neurological problem , consciousness disorder , rehabilitation pp.1049-1056
Published Date 2020/10/1
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1416201647
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Ninety-six patients were admitted to our hospital during the first wave of the 2020 COVID pandemic. Our hospital, a core hospital in Kobe, was in confusion at the beginning of the pandemic. The following three factors were considered important for preventing the collapse of hospitals during the pandemic based on our experiences: avoidance of contact, prompt and accurate communication, and role-sharing among community medical institutions. Of the 96 patients, 36 had severe cases with several neurological problems: 18 had consciousness disorders, 19 had generalized weakness, 7 had polyneuropathy, and 2 had severe limb weakness. There are several unsolved pathological problems, and neurologists should play important roles in the treatment of patients with COVID.

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