Doctor Is Patient in ICU and Still Intubates Fellow Patient
— Carol Duff (@CarolDuff18) August 17, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: This anesthesiologist, Dr. Mehta, was a COVID-19 patient himself in an ICU receiving oxygen by high flow nasal cannula. Mehta was weak and having difficulty in moving about due to lack of oxygen. An older patient was rushed into the ICU to be immediately intubated. It takes 15 to 20 minutes for an anesthesiologist to arrive at the ICU, follow COVID-19 protocol for gowning, gloving, masking, wearing PPEs and then perform an intubation of the patient. The big problem is that when a person is without oxygen for longer than 3 minutes, brain cells will begin to die. Dr. Mehta, who was two beds away from the new arrival, was aware of what was going on with the elderly patient and removed his oxygen supply and performed the intubation, much to the surprise of the staff. He already had COVID-19 so no protective measures had to be performed to protect him from the coronavirus. I applaud the rapid response of Dr. Mehta in assisting his fellow man even though he himself was also an ICU patient. Unfortunately the older patient has since died….Carol
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.