Clinical stroke director provides helpful tips on how to spot a stroke
SAN ANTONIO – Timing is crucial, especially in a medical emergency, and with a stroke, every second counts. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, according to Baptist Health System. To better serve the community, Baptist Health System’s Brain and Stroke Network provides San Antonio and surrounding counties with increased access to higher acuity stroke and neurosurgical services. Michele Patterson, a comprehensive clinical stroke director for Baptist Health System, has tips on how to recognize stroke symptoms:What are the symptoms of a stroke? An important part about stroke recovery is it’s a marathon and not a sprint so it takes a lot of persistence and a lot of perseverance.
Have heart attack symptoms? Don’t delay emergency medical care
February is Heart Month and it’s very important to know the signs of a heart attack so as to not delay care, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. The CDC also reports that about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year; that’s one in every four deaths. Pollard said it’s of utmost importance to contact your physician, or even go to the emergency room if needed, when having heart attack symptoms. If you are interested in virtual classes on hearth health, breastfeeding, stroke awareness, baby care, car seat safety or newborn care, click or tap here.
Baptist Health System experiencing water pressure issues, adjusting protocols at San Antonio hospitals
A woman walks through falling snow in San Antonio, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Baptist Health System officials say some of their hospitals are dealing with the effects of the weather conditions -- including low water pressure at the downtown hospital. A spokesperson tells KSAT that hospitals remain fully staffed and well supplied to care for both non-COVID and COVID patients. The icy weather caused low water pressure at the Baptist Medical Center downtown. You can get the very latest forecast anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
PHOTOS: Santa’s littlest helpers at Baptist Health System’s NICU are ready for Christmas
With Christmas just around the corner, Santa’s littlest helpers at Baptist Health System’s NICU are ready to celebrate in style! SAN ANTONIO – With Christmas just around the corner, Santa’s littlest helpers at Baptist Health System’s NICU are ready to celebrate in style! Santa's littlest helpers are getting ready for Christmas! “From all of us at Baptist, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to these precious little ones and their families!” BHS said on its Facebook page. RELATED: NICU babies at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio dress up for their first Halloween
‘A historic moment’: More hospitals in San Antonio receive first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine
SAN ANTONIO – It’s a day San Antonio hospitals have been waiting for all year long, and for some, it’s finally here. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio State Hospital, and Baptist Health System received their first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning. At the Brooke Army Medical Center, the first staff member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine was Army Capt. So far, 110 Texas hospitals have received or will receive their first shipments of the vaccine by the end of this week. RELATED: Keep track of when and where the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in Texas2nd COVID-19 vaccine set for OK in US with panel endorsement
Baptist Health System expected to receive 3,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week
SAN ANTONIO – Baptist Health System is expected to receive 3,900 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, and one doctor says she’s glad to be getting an extra layer of protection amid a rising number of cases in the area. “The virus has caused so much stress on people, but especially people being in the hospital setting,” said Dr. Jocelyn Juarez, a physician hospitalist at Baptist Health System. Baptist Health System frontline staff members will begin getting the COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday. “I had him in May, so that was a very scary time, especially being pregnant,” Juarez said. She said this vaccine will be an extra layer of protection for health care workers amid a surge in cases.
Baptist Health System relaxes visitation policy for patients
SAN ANTONIO – Baptist Health System in San Antonio has relaxed its policy for visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Tuesday, patients in the emergency department, inpatient areas and outpatient areas are now allowed to have one visitor. Previously, only visitors deemed necessary were allowed to visit patients within the hospital system. Those included patients in pediatric care or NICU; patients in labor, delivery and postpartum care; patients with disabilities; and patients who may be at the end of life. Patients who are still in isolation due to the novel coronavirus are still not allowed to see visitors.
Its definitely saving lives': Baptist Health System says eICU program critical during COVID-19 pandemic
SAN ANTONIO As patients with COVID-19 fill San Antonio hospitals, monitoring them remotely has become critical. A physician in the eICU can then use that camera to zoom in and assess the patient without stepping into their room. The eICU program has been in place since 2008, and staff members say its been a crucial program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its also a lot easier than having to translate whats going over the phone, Castro Natal said. Its definitely saving lives, Scott said about the program.
San Antonio hospital system, city leaders urge residents to skip large gatherings, follow CDC guidelines
SAN ANTONIO – Nicole Miranda, 24, is quarantined after recently finding out she tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday afternoon, local hospital leaders asked the community to do its part as hospitals inch closer to reaching capacity. “Please, please, please wear a mask,” said Matthew Stone, CEO of Baptist Health System. Allen Harrison, with Methodist Health Care System, said two weeks ago, they had 75 positive COVID-19 patients, and on Thursday, they were at 343. Methodist is currently taking care of 10 COVID-19 patients with this alternative respiratory treatment.
Local hospitals using remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO Dr. Duane Hospenthal, medical director of infection control for Baptist Health System, said the hospital system has been treating COVID-19 patients with the antiviral drug remdesivir. San Antonio hospitals to receive antiviral drugs to treat coronavirusA spokesperson for Baptist Health System said a total of 21 patients have been treated with remdesivir. The hospital system received the antiviral drug from the University Health System and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Baptist Health System has received a total of 260 vials of the drug. Greg Abbott said DSHS is distributing remdesivir to 85 hospitals across 34 counties in Texas.
Understand: What are micro-hospitals?
SAN ANTONIO – Micro-hospitals are built in areas where there’s a need but not a big enough demand for a traditional hospital. Baptist Health System is opening a micro-hospital called Baptist Emergency Hospital near Cupples Road and Highway 90. Micro-hospitals are good for minor emergencies, like if someone breaks a leg or if someone thinks they are having a heart attack. Stone said micro-hospitals are cheaper than full-service hospitals because they’re not as large, and they aren’t set up to treat everything. The Baptist Health System micro-hospital will open by the end of the month.
RECIPE: Pumpkin Praline Mousse
SAN ANTONIO – November is the month for turkeys, stuffing and delicious pumpkin pie, but did you know it's also Diabetes Awareness Month? Baptist Health System offers free resources including healthy recipes for individuals living with diabetes and for family members with the Mission Trail Baptist Hospital Diabetes Support Group. If you love sweets, and want to try a diabetic friendly dessert, check out the pumpkin praline mousse recipe from Baptist Health System! Toss pecans with melted margarine and brown sugar. Information courtesy of Baptist Health System.