A unique glimpse in A&E at Croydon University Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic

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In this unique BBC report, filming staff are allowed cameras in the Croydon University Hospital's Emergency Department.

The report shows us several patients seriously affected with Covid-19, and covers some of the key issues around staffing and morale.

Staff have noticed that in this second wave, there seems to be a higher prevalence of younger patients. Interviews with consultants in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine also cover the following important points:

  • The idea Covid-19 does not seriously affect younger patients is a myth: staff have seen patients in their 30s and 40s admitted to ITU and dying due to severe Covid infection

  • Covid is a multisystem inflammatory disease: a case study is provided of a 32-year-old man who suffered with Covid-related heart failure who has no other past medical history or co-morbidities

  • Croydon's bed occupancy is approximately 50% due to Covid

  • Staff fatigue is high, and morale is low. Concerns regarding staff well being were present from the first wave, and seem to be more pronounced now

Check out this post on MedShr for the full video, and comment with your thoughts:

Source: 'Croydon University Hospital doctor: Covid 'not fake news': https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-55620282

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