“I’m an anesthesiologist, which means that when I’m in the hospital, I’m working directly with COVID patients. It’s scary, and something we don’t want to risk bringing home to our families. When I come home, like the vast majority of physicians in my field, I basically strip down to my underwear in the garage and go straight into the shower. My clothes go right into the washing machine.
Normally, I’d be going to the hospital every day, but right now, we’re having to take a lot of forced time off because hospitals are only doing emergency surgeries.
All elective surgeries are postponed and we worry about those people, the progression of their illnesses, and the backlog being created by this pandemic.
In our time off, we have been volunteering to create teams so we can deliver airway and anesthesia care to critically ill patients. We’re running simulation sessions for COVID intubations with nurses and respiratory therapists so when we have to manage a real COVID patient, we’re ready.
We want to make sure that we can deliver care in a safe manner and that patients get the optimal care that they need during these critical times.”