I HAVE RECENTLY HEARD from trusted (?) media that PA’s are not allowed to treat COVID patients in local hospitals. Please tell me that it is a baseless rumor. If so, why so?
I have spent months in hospitals, sometimes with a communicable illness. Yet, I have been attended by numerous PA’s, who seem far more skilled, thorough, and caring than my MD’s. Now, whenever allowable, I request the services of a PA over an MD.
Again, are PA’s allowed to treat COVID patients, and to what extent? And if not, why not?
ON THE SAME TOPIC:
WE HEAR ALL THE TIME of COVID patients dying with no one loving by their side. The darkest of all tragedies.
QUANDARY: Do you know of any local clergy, when medically garbed, who routinely ministering to patients dying of COVID? — holding a hand in comfort, offering a prayer, reciting a Psalm, speaking softly and lovingly, or simply just “being there,” in what some caring people call the “ministry of presence”?
Do you know any rabbi, minster, or priest who brings his/her presence to minister to COVID patients in extremis, especially when they are lonely and alone?
If not, why not?
[BTW: Not long ago, I was hospitalized hundreds of miles away from home with a critical, non- contagious illness. It is a town served by 20 rabbis, many of whom knew that I was long-term in the hospital. Guess how many paid friendly pastoral visits? Only one. What is wrong with this picture?]