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Keeping Safe and Sane in a COVID-19 ICU

With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing, nurses at Peter Sidhu’s hospital are allowed to bring in their own masks from home.

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Peter Sidhu’s latest video diary entry reveals that morale among his fellow nurses is steadily improving, even as the number of COVID-19 patients in his ICU has tripled. However, concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) run high, especially as not every COVID-positive patient is supplied with N95 masks.

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The author is a registered nurse who works in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kaiser Permanente’s Woodland Hills Medical Center in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. He is a member of United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (a financial supporter of this website).


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