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Health Matters: ICUs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The MUHC’s Director of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Peter Goldberg, discusses how the ICU teams are coping with the second wave of the pandemic.

(Time on Podcast: 1:00) During the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Peter Goldberg describes the situation in the ICU. There are two ICUs at the MUHC. One at the Montreal General Hospital, and the other at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Patients admitted to the ICU are generally over 60, but there are patients that are younger, including those in their 40s, who get admitted to the ICU with severe COVID-19. Dr. Goldberg describes the tremendous work from our front-line workers, especially the nurses and respiratory therapists that worked tirelessly during the pandemic in the ICU. Dr. Goldberg also describes how we have changed the medical management of COVID-19 patients as we learn more about the virus and how it affects our bodies. He describes the cytokine storm that happens in some patients, and how some patients actually respond differently to the virus. Some of the greatest challenges in the ICU during the second wave will be planning the number of beds for a potential sharp increase in hospitalizations. One of the best ways to help the ICU team is to reduce transmission in the community. Wear your masks, maintain social distancing and minimize your contacts. These simple practices must be followed to help our front-line teams.

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Raising awareness for a disease that affects 1 in 3 Canadians. The MUHC Foundation’s Health Matters. November 22, 2020.