Patients Need Critical Covid-19 Care Beyond the Hospital

Home care for COVID-19 patients

 

Our Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Romano shares her personal ordeal battling COVID-19 head on, both as a nurse and a patient. This article originally appeared in Barron’s.

 

 

I let my guard down. It’s as simple as that.

As a nurse of 32 years and the chief nursing officer at a health-care software company helping hospitals engage patients amid COVID-19, I knew the risks. I was the voice for social distancing and mask wearing. But after eight long months of caution, tempted by the beautiful weather outside and the experience of something that could be considered “normal,” I attended an outside gathering at a friend’s home, without a mask, but armed with hand sanitzer and a commitment to maintain my distance.

I was a strong and healthy 54 year old, coming off my annual physical with stellar bloodwork and no pre-existing conditions. I took a calculated risk. Nobody at the event appeared sick, and nobody tested positive afterward. Still, three days later, I had a dry cough. Without a fever or sore throat, it was easy enough to explain it away—it was that time of year for seasonal allergies and I left the window open.

I wasn’t coughing a lot, but on day five that annoying tickle in my throat was changing. It was deeper. I was tired. I took my temperature—normal. I dialed into my meetings, switching off the camera because I was just so tired. I couldn’t follow conversations. I took my temperature again —still normal, but I took the rest of the afternoon off. My head was pounding.

After three weeks, I made it out of the critical stages, entering the long haul that’s characterized my life for over two months now…

Continue reading Lisa’s story in Barron’s.

As CipherHealth’s Chief Nursing Officer, Lisa Romano, MSN, RN brings more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice, healthcare IT strategy, and healthcare operations to her current role. Prior to previous CNO roles, Lisa spent 19 years as a nurse and hospital administrator at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, PA, where she was responsible for all patient flow and transfer center operations as well as numerous quality and patient satisfaction initiatives. Lisa is passionate about improving the health of patients across the healthcare continuum.