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Baptist Health spearheads breakthrough COVID-19 plasma treatment in study led by Mayo Clinic

COVID-19 patients at Baptist Health Lexington now have access to a treatment program in a study led by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The breakthrough convalescent plasma treatment allows current patients with severe COVID-19 to receive plasma from recovered patients. The Mayo Clinic study is being spearheaded locally by Dr. Firas Badin, Dr. David Dougherty and Dr. Mark Dougherty through the Baptist...

Plasma from COVID-19 survivor has been used in treatment of patient at Baptist Health Lexington

Baptist Health Lexington has used plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient as a potential treatment for two critically ill COVID-19 patients. The treatment, administered March 29, was fast-tracked over the weekend through a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center. “In an attempt to help our more critically ill COVID-19 patients we initiated an investigational compassionate plea...

Baptist Health offers tips to help Kentuckians avoid serious respiratory illnesses, including flu

While the new strain of coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan is making headlines, there are many serious respiratory illnesses to watch for right here at home including flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and pneumonia. Symptoms of these illnesses, such as a cough, runny nose, and fever, might start out as mild, but in the very young, older adults, or people with weakened immune...