Regenstrief research scientist Sikandar Khan, D.O., shared his perspective from working in the intensive care unit (ICU) in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak during a panel hosted by Side Effects Public Media and Indiana Public Broadcasting.
Dr. Khan has been treating patients in the ICU at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He spoke about how data has helped guide decisions in the ICU, allowing clinicians to anticipate surges in cases and plan for equipment and personnel needs.
He also talked about the potentially long recovery COVID-19 survivors face. Patients who need intensive care, especially those who are put on ventilators, are at risk for post intensive care syndrome. This can affect the patient’s body as well as the mind. Dr. Khan said he and his colleagues are closely watching to see what recovery will look like for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Khan also lauded his colleagues for adapting to the stressful situation and their tireless work to take care of patients. He urged everyone to continue taking precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.