- As the coronavirus pandemic persists, doctors are learning more about some of the harmful complications associated with COVID-19.
- Treating blood clots in COVID-19 patients has become an integral part of how hospitals are taking care of people with the disease.
- In some hospitals, doctors are getting coronavirus patients started on blood thinners earlier. Some are sending patients home with blood thinner prescriptions, too.
- "There's absolutely no question that physicians really need to have blood clots on their radar screen," Dr. Mark Crowther, the treasurer of the American Society of Hematology, told Business Insider.
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New York hospitals learned a lot about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as the state has tackled the outbreak.
At times, the hospitals were overwhelmed with patients, many of whom died. It was a deadly month for the state.
As the coronavirus pandemic spread, infecting millions globally and killing hundreds of thousands, doctors have been forced to rapidly figure out how to treat it without a vaccine or medicines that cure it. They're still not sure of the best way to get oxygen into the damaged lungs of the most severely ill patients, for example.
Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn approach to caring for patients with the disease, from treating blood clots to using ventilators, evolved, Dr. Patrick Borgen, the hospital's chief of surgery, told Business Insider.
In particular, the emergence of blood clots as a severe complication related to COVID-19 has changed the way the hospital treats all COVID-19 patients from the minute they're hospitalized, Borgen said.
About a month ago, the complication wasn't even on the hospital's radar.
"We began to understand just how much blood clotting was a part of the COVID story," Borgen said.