A doctor speaks about intensive care with COVID-19

As part of our study about patient and family members’ experiences of intensive care and Covid-19 in the first year of the pandemic in the United Kingdom. We spoke to an intensive care doctor who treated Covid-19 patients throughout.

In this introduction, intensive care doctor Rupert Pearse explains:

  • What Covid-19 is and what has been learned about the disease since the start of the pandemic
  • Why some patients with Covid-19 need care in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and what treatments they are offered
  • How treating Covid-19 patients in the first waves of the pandemic was different to treating patients before the pandemic
  • The role of family members on ICU, and how their absence during the first waves of the pandemic affected the care doctors and nurses could give to their patients
  • How ICU staff stay involved in the care for their patients after their discharge from ICU and hospital
  • What a patient who is admitted to ICU with Covid-19 can expect

What is Covid and what developments have there been in it’s treatment since the beginning of the pandemic?