News from the ICU frontline in Cape Town

A Groote Schuur Hospital nursing assistant has described dealing with Covid-19 as “a war”. Judith Parenzee has already lost colleagues to the virus. She says her days are spent rushing from one patient to the next.

“We, as nursing staff, are really, really, drained,” she said. But they try not to let it show. She said from speaking to frantic relatives on the phone for updates, to washing an unconscious patient, she is determined to be bright and happy. They try to avoid taking a video call from a relative to a patient, because the sight of a loved on a ventilator and on dialysis can be very distressing to a relative outside the hospital. Full story here