Former COVID-19 patient Carlos Alba Garcia and Dr. Hildred Machuca at Phelps Hospital
We at Westchester Health couldn’t be prouder of our brave and dedicated physicians who have stepped up to the enormous challenge of caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, one of our doctors was recently featured in an ABC7NY TV news segment — Hildred Machuca, DO, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Sleepy Hollow office who has now been redirected to the Phelps Proning Team at Northwell Health’s Phelps Hospital.
To watch the segment, click here or on the image below:
Using an old technique to save lives during the coronavirus outbreak
The ABC TV news segment, entitled “Coronavirus News: Westchester hospital credits proning for giving COVID-19 patients new hope,” describes how doctors are seeing some success in treating coronavirus patients with an old technique called proning, that is now being used for a new purpose.
“It’s been done a lot on sedated COVID patients on ventilators but this is new,” says Dr. Mangala Narahimsan of Northwell Health Critical Care, “because now we’re proning patients who are awake and not on ventilators, and that’s a little bit of a twist on what we’ve been doing.”
Proning helps keep COVID-19 patients from going on ventilators
Carlos Alba Garcia, 65, spent a total of 53 days in Phelps Hospital recovering from COVID-19, receiving a well-deserved round of applause as he headed home on Friday, April 24, 2020. What saved his life when so many have lost their fight against the virus? According to his doctors, it was proning, which involves placing a patient face down to clear more oxygen into the lungs.
The news segment reports that doctors say their goal is to prevent coronavirus patients from going on ventilators in the first place, because statistically, they don’t do well once they’re intubated.
Bringing a much-needed human touch to patients struggling with the virus, says Dr. Machuca
Dr. Machuca tells the ABC News reporter that another reason proning has been so successful is because COVID-19 patients don’t have to struggle alone. She says, “They do Zoom, they do FaceTime, but it’s not the same as somebody coming in to say, Hello, how are you? That’s been very special for us.”
Before Mr. Garcia, the COVID-19 patient featured in the news story, left Phelps, he said that he “hopes sick patients fight for their lives the way the doctors fight for their patients.”
That is something all of us the world over want to hear.
Learn what Westchester Health is doing to protect our patients and staff against COVID-19
We are here to provide the care you need, when you need it. To learn what smart precautions we’re taking to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep you safe, visit our Coronavirus Digital Resource Center. To know how we’re responding to the outbreak and what to do if you’re feeling sick, visit our FAQ page (frequently asked questions). Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.
By Westchester Health, member of Northwell Health and its 2,700-member physician organization, Northwell Health Physician Partners