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Niticia Mpanga, a registered respiratory therapist, checks on an ICU patient at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. The mortality rates from COVID-19 in ICUs have been decreasing worldwide, doctors say, at least partly because of recent advances in treatment. Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Advances In ICU Care Are Saving More Patients Who Have COVID-19

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A nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan holds a cellphone last month so a COVID-19 patient can see and listen to his family. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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New Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Patients On Ventilators Usually Survive

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Physical and occupational therapists carry bags of personal protective equipment on their way to the room of a COVID-19 patient in a Stamford Hospital intensive care unit in Stamford, Conn., on April 24. This "prone team" turns COVID-19 patients onto their stomachs to help them breathe. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Hospital ICUs Are Adapting To COVID-19 At 'Light Speed'

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A medical worker transports a patient at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, where doctors noticed that some young COVID-19 patients without other risk factors had strokes. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Doctors Link COVID-19 To Potentially Deadly Blood Clots And Strokes

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Nurses reposition an intubated COVID-19 patient in a prone position in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Chula Vista, Calif., on April 10. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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After The ICU, Many COVID-19 Survivors Face A Long Recovery

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center's "ready room" in Washington, D.C., has mostly been used to house emergency supplies — but some storage carts have been moved out to make way for patient assessment stations. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Are U.S. Hospitals Ready?

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Nathaly Sweeney, a neonatologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and researcher with Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, attends to a young patient in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Jenny Siegwart/Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine hide caption

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Fast DNA Sequencing Can Offer Diagnostic Clues When Newborns Need Intensive Care

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Kristin Sollars (left) and Marci Ebberts say nursing is more than just a job. "Sometimes I wonder why everyone in the world doesn't want to be a nurse," Sollars says. Emilyn Sosa for StoryCorps hide caption

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For 2 Nurses, Working In The ICU Is 'A Gift Of A Job'

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Shauna Pelfrey talks to her husband, Dorian, while preparing for his dialysis appointment. Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR hide caption

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Vitamin Treatment For Sepsis Is Put To The Test

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A major study published Monday finds that widely prescribed antipsychotic drugs like haloperidol are no more effective than a placebo for treating delirium. Nehru Sulejmanovski/Getty Images hide caption

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Antipsychotic Drugs Don't Ease ICU Delirium

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Randy and Karen O'Burke together at their son's home in Hendersonville, Tenn., last week. "Apparently, I'm pretty much of a miracle," Randy says. Morgan Hornsby for NPR hide caption

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How To Prevent Brain-Sapping Delirium In The ICU

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Richard Langford, at home in East Nashville, Tenn., still has significant trouble with mental focus and memory issues 10 years after a sudden and serious infection landed him in the hospital ICU for several weeks. Morgan Hornsby for NPR hide caption

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When ICU Delirium Leads To Symptoms Of Dementia After Discharge

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