Following is a message from Lil O'Neill, NSRC president:
The events leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic have been alarming. I am sure that most of us never thought that we could be caring for patients with COVID-19. It has been overwhelming because of how the speed and intensity of this virus has effected the world. How many hospitals were prepared for the possible volume of negative pressure rooms needed, use of personal protective equipment daily, and having enough ventilators to use in the Intensive Care Units?
Unfortunately, we are seeing patients with COVID-19 going into respiratory failure quickly. Our role has become very vital in caring for COVID-19 patients. In times of crisis, we need to rely on our training and experience to help us navigate through this uncertain period.