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  • Phase 3 of remdesivir study at University Hospital, UT Health includes a well-known multiple sclerosis drug

    August 07, 2020
    University Health System and UT Health San Antonio have begun enrolling their first patients for the third phase of a clinical trial studying the effectiveness of the drug remdesivir in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19. In this portion of the fast-moving double-blind study, some patients will receive remdesivir plus interferon beta-1a, a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis. Other patients will receive remdesivir and a placebo. Interferons are proteins that strengthen the...
  • Back-to-school immunizations

    July 31, 2020
    Whether kids are beginning the school year by attending virtual or in-person classes, they still need to receive their scheduled immunizations. It’s especially important this year, as we also take precautions to avoid COVID-19 while also protecting against dangerous, preventable childhood illnesses. The State of Texas requires students to be up-to-date with their shots, in the process of getting them or have a valid exemption when school begins. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the big...
  • COVID-positive maternity patients

    July 16, 2020
    We are testing all patients admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 and one revelation from that has been that many moms-to-be are positive for COVID-19.
  • University Hospital becomes world’s largest study site for promising COVID-19 drug

    July 10, 2020
    Researchers prepare for next phase of study.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Freedom, Responsibility and Teamwork in South Texas | San Antonio Express News

    June 30, 2020
    Dr. Ronald Stewart, trauma surgeon at University Hospital and chair of the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio, explains how everyone in our community must do their part to help slow the spread of the virus in this Opinion Letter, COVID-19 Pandemic: Freedom, Responsibility and Teamwork in South Texas, published in the San Antonio Express News on June 30, 2020.
  • COVID-19 Update: Tracking COVID-19 in San Antonio

    June 29, 2020
    COVID-19 infections are spiking and local hospitals are seeing heavy surges of very sick patients. A lot of good data about what is happening are available on Metro Health’s website, but it can be overwhelming for people who don’t study it every day. Dr. Bryan Alsip is chief medical officer for University Health System, a member of the COVID-19 Health Transition Team, and serves on the Community Response Coalition’s Indicator Monitoring Workgroup. Dr. Alsip explains some...
  • San Antonio hospitals actively managing COVID-19 surge and counting on the community's help to reduce the spread

    June 26, 2020
    The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in San Antonio has quadrupled in the past two weeks and we are deeply concerned.
  • COVID-19: the pandemic from a CF patient perspective

    June 23, 2020
    Stephanie Hansen has been watching the COVID-19 pandemic from an unusual vantage point – she has been practicing physical distancing since she was three years old. Hansen, 30, has cystic fibrosis, which makes her especially vulnerable to respiratory infections, and she’s made more trips to the hospital than she’d like when it gets hard to breathe. In January, she was at University Hospital recovering from a serious infection caused by the common cold, when she saw on the...
  • COVID-19 update: hospitalizations on the rise

    June 19, 2020
    A significant and rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at all San Antonio hospitals is very concerning. With Juneteenth observances and the Father’s Day weekend, we urge people to be diligent about hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance and wearing masks in public spaces when distancing is not possible. These tactics are proven to reduce the spread of the virus. Here’s the status today on a scale of: Good, OK, Concerning or Crisis. Supplies –...
  • Our chief nurse executive among most influential in the country

    June 19, 2020
    Tommye Austin, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at University Health System, is being recognized alongside some of the country’s best-known healthcare figures as one of the 50 most influential clinical executives in the country. The list published by Modern Healthcare includes Dr. Deborah Birx, the Trump administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “I am very...
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