Dr. On Oxygen Support Saves Life of Fellow ICU Patient

Dr. Sanket Mehta

Doctor Is Patient in ICU and Still Intubates Fellow Patient

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   





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