Week one in the COVID ICU

With Dr. Kusum Mathews

Dr. Kusum Mathews is a pulmonary and critical care physician and researcher at Mt. Sinai in NYC. She staffed the first week of her hospital’s COVID ICU. The week started off with only a few COVID-19 positive patients and escalated to having patients spilling over into multiple ICU areas by the end of the week. Dr. Mathews discusses her experiences with vent management, the ethics of vent distribution, and coping mechanisms in the stressful and challenging working environment caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19.

In this podcast, we discuss several resources for physicians to learn more about current recommendations for the management of COVID-19. These resources are listed below. You can listen to the podcast by clicking the player here or on iTunes from GEMCAST.

Please note: the recommendations, guidelines, and the evidence base are changing daily. In addition, our discussion represents our own opinions and experiences, and should not be considered medical advice, and may not reflect the opinions of our respective institutions.

Hosted By

Christina Shenvi


Dr. Christina Shenvi is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina. She is fellowship-trained in Geriatric Emergency Medicine and is the founder of GEMCast. She is the director of the UNC Office of Academic Excellence, president of the Association of Professional Women in Medical Sciences, co-directs the ACEP/CORD Teaching Fellowship, is on the Annals of EM editorial board, is on the Geriatric ED Accreditation board of governors, and she teaches and writes about time management at timeforyourlife.org.

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