By Sherry Mazzocchi
No one is allowed to visit the thousands of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19.
Dr. Jenny Chang saw many patients admitted without cell phones, leaving them out of touch with those they need most.
Chang is a resident physician at Jacobi-Montefiore’s Emergency Room.
She and her team created a virtual visitation program. They are requesting donations of iPads so patients can contact their loved ones while in isolation.
“As providers, we cannot even begin to imagine the loneliness and fear these patients must feel or fathom the sorrow and helplessness of their families,” Chang said in a statement. “Due to the no-visitation policy, many critically ill and dying patients are unable to communicate or say a final farewell to their loved ones.”
The Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency asks that iPads be thoroughly cleaned, reset and slipped into a zip lock bag with the appropriate power cord for donation. If people have contacts in philanthropy or healthcare initiatives in technology, they would also like to hear from you.
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