Short report from the corona-clinic by Daan Viering
When the new coronavirus still felt like a distant threat, I said to some colleagues, half-joking: ‘I wonder when they will call upon me to help in the clinic’. I did not know this would become reality just a few weeks later. Even when I registered for the Radboudumc-FLEX-pool, I had expected that they would prefer doctors with previous clinical experience. Nevertheless, just two days after registering, I got a phone call. Whether I could start the next day. I felt excited but was also a bit scared. I went into research immediately after finishing medicine, and even my studies seemed a long time ago. Eventually, it took another week and an ad hoc organized emergency care training before I did my first shift at the ‘suspected COVID-19’ ward. Everyone presenting at the Emergency department with fever or airway complaints, or developing such complaints later, was directed to our ward. A very steep learning curve and two weeks of unpredictable shifts later, the work stopped as abruptly as it began.
I much enjoyed going back to patient care momentarily, but am also glad that the situation allowed for sending most of the extra doctors home. For now, I don’t expect to be called back to clinic again. But I won’t be joking about it anymore.
(Daan is on the left, Lando is on the right)
Short report from the corona-clinic by Lando Janssen
“Hi colleagues, hopefully you’re all safe and healthy! I’m pretty sure you’ve all been able to set up a great home office to enjoy working from home. As some of you may know, I’ve been working on the covid-19 ward for six weeks now. Due to the fast increase in the number of patients, there wasn’t really time for a refresher course. The first weeks were pretty tough, including taking care of many critically-ill patients who had to be send to the IC-unit or passed away at the covid-ward. Also, working in shifts (including evening and night shifts) was something I had apparently blocked from my memory and had to get used to again. Luckily, the number of covid-19 positive patients has significantly (P<0.001) decreased over the last weeks. It’s great to be part of a team in which everyone is looking after each other and working together to provide the best patient care as possible. I feel like this covid period brings out the best in people. We even get pizza or Chinese food from the local restaurants during the evening shifts!
To all of you: keep up the good work (from home). I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again at the department of Physiology!”
(In the picture below Lando is on the left)