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Special Edition: Anesthesia - July 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 4 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 2 0 How did the coronavirus impact your facility? We planned to handle an overflow of non-infected ICU patients from other hospitals so they could handle the surge of infected patients. But it was clear that wouldn't be enough. We then increased our capacity by converting our main hospi- tal's ASC into a 16-bed ICU within 48 hours. While we filled that makeshift ICU with COVID-19 patients from our partner hospi- tal, we increased capacity by 16 more ICU beds. It was done on the fly and involved staff at every level. What was it like to work in the epicenter of the pandemic? It was a full team commitment to create an ICU in our ambulatory surgery floor. Logistically, there were many challenges, but the hospital harnessed the resources needed to create a fully functioning ICU in a few days. There was a lot of uncertainty, but staff was dedicated to the task and collaborated and supported each other every step of the way. Personally, it was stressful but rewarding. I chose to be away from my family to minimize their exposure. This allowed me to fully focus on ICU patient care. Q & A Critical Care at the Epicenter of COVID-19 Sean Garvin, MD Anesthesiologist on the frontlines of the pandemic response.

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