Three nurses observe the monitor of one of the COVID-19 patients from the Intensive Surveillance Area (AVI) of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. There are 26 women and 4 men in the infirmary of this unit.
Dr. Sara Fernández receives a bag of blood to perform a transfusion on a 38-year-old patient admitted to the AVI for COVID-19. The severity of this case has forced doctors to connect the patient to an ECMO device that oxygenates the patient’s blood, completely replacing the work of the lungs.
An AVI nurse reclines her patient’s bed with a remote control. This Intensive Care Unit specialized in infectious diseases has had to expand to other areas of the hospital that were used for other types of cases.
Shift change meeting in which the doctors and residents assigned to the AVI pass their assessments on the condition of the patients to those in charge of the night shift. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 8,000 people sick with coronavirus have gone through an ICU in Spain.
Two nurses review from inside an AVI room the result of a gasometry (analysis of the amount of oxygen in arterial blood) of a patient who shows them a colleague from the other side of the glass.
A group of nurses and aides use a sheet to move a COVID patient to his bed after sitting in a chair for a few minutes.
The process of taking off, putting on and cleaning personal protective equipment (PPE) slows down the work of toilets in ICUs. Each entrance to one of the rooms requires around 5 minutes of preparation and 5 minutes of cleaning when leaving.
An AVI nurse hugs her colleague in the common area of the room. Many of the health workers in this service affirm that the COVID-19 crisis has strengthened the camaraderie, but has also left many health professionals psychologically affected.
A COVID patient makes the victory sign with his fingers in front of the nursing assistant who treats him. In Spain, 7 out of 10 COVID patients admitted to the ICU survive.
A nurse strokes the foot of a patient with a very high fever and severe respiratory complications caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. One out of every three hospitalized patients in Spain has Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
Dr. Pedro Castro, medical chief of the Intensive Surveillance Area of the Hospital Clínic, listens to an online conference in which Dr. Sara Fernández shares the results of her research with other doctors. Hospital conference rooms do not allow face-to-face meetings.