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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 133-135

Experience as anesthesia resident in intensive care unit during COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Anaesthesiology, D.Y. Patil University School of Medicine, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Gadde Srinivas
Department of Anaesthesiology, D.Y. Patil University School of Medicine, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.DYPJ_70_21

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Anesthesiologists’ skills are successfully used in the process of distributing care in the COVID-19 pandemic. The first case of COVID-19 in India was reported on January 30, 2020. Since then, this disease placed the entire health system of the world under immense pressure. Approximately 4% of patients with coronavirus disease required ICU admissions. The government had canceled all elective procedures and ordered new ventilators and built new hospitals to meet this unprecedented challenge. The importance and the experience of anesthesiologists were greatly increased as they rose to the occasion and played an important role in handling the crisis. Residents were introduced to this new world of ICU. This time anesthesiologists acted as the specialized physicians with knowledge of the pathophysiology of organ systems both under normal and stress conditions. The virus is known to spread by aerosol or respiratory secretions of symptomatic patients where viral load is higher. So as health professionals, we were also at high risk; no matter how many precautions we took. Personal care of every affected person was very important. Management took proper care in providing us with all necessary paraphernalia for personal protection. The most significant emotional challenge was dealing with the families of the patients and making them understand that everything was done to offer their loved ones the best possible care.

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