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Working Of The Coronavirus Intensive Care Unit

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Working Of The Coronavirus Intensive Care UnitThe first time I heard about the word ‘Intensive Care Unit’ was when I was about 15 years of age. One of my friends informed me that he had to rush to the ICU as his brother was admitted in the ICU of Jubilee Mission Hospital, Thrissur, India. His bother developed coma after continuous vomiting on drinking alcohol. At that time he was being treated for alcoholism with Disulfiram (Antabuse) medication. After a week, the ICU doctors thought his brain was dead, and suspended all life support. From then on I was keen to know more about the patients in the ICU. I worked in cardiac surgery in Cardiac Centre at Cottingham, Yorkshire where 3-4 open heart operations were done daily. There I was a doctor in charge of the ICU, looking after post operative cardiac patients. Sometimes after the extubation(removal of endotracheal tube), patients cannot retain blood oxygen level, and then I need to intubate again and re-introduce an endotracheal tube to …