As a result, several colleagues and I began to collect “lessons learned” on our department’s website. Fortunately, UW Medicine has also been generous about sharing all of our protocols so that others can benefit from our experience. Some of these are basic, like training everyone to use personal protective equipment, but the number of guidelines and protocols that we’ve had to rapidly develop has been staggering, such as changing how we safely place breathing tubes without exposing ourselves.
To the public, I want everyone to know: We’re ready for this and we’re here for you, but we cannot do it alone. We need your help in so many ways.
Our health system is already taxed and busy; our hospital runs over 100% capacity most days, even before COVID. Please follow local public health guidelines about social distancing and hand hygiene.
Please do not use or buy personal protective equipment. Not only is it generally not effective when reused, but it is in short supply. Donate it to health facilities if you have it. If we get sick, we can’t care for you.
Lastly, be kind and patient. We’re in this for months, at best. We need all the support we can get.
Hospitals are now like 1880 smallpox plague hospitals, where no one can visit. They are completely locked down.