Medical Professionals Give Behind The Scenes Look At COVID-19 Intensive Care At Integris Southwest Medical Center

Tuesday, July 7th 2020, 4:43 pm

Medical professionals at Integris Southwest Medical Center provided an inside look at the intensive care units for COVID-19 patients.

Integris' medical director of infection prevention, Dr. David Chansolme, recorded a video diary which was posted to Facebook.

“There had been some other doctors around the country who had done it. You get so tunnel-visioned into your daily thing, you kind of forget that people don’t really know what you’re doing sometimes,” Chansolme said.

Clips from the video diary include nurses and staff gearing up in protective equipment.

Chansolme also showed the room of a patient with severe symptoms.

“That man is doing better. He’s still very ill, but he’s doing better,” Chansolme said of the patient.

The doctor also wanted to emphasize how hard the nurses work in the ICU unit.

“Those are the real front-line heroes that, I think, just deserve more and more and more praise every single day,” Chansolme said.

Chansolme said the most important takeaway from the video diary is a reminder to wear a mask in public.

“I think it’s sad that it’s become a divisive problem. It’s a societal thing. Being Oklahomans, we’re all on the same page. We’ve always been on the same page with tornadoes. We’ve been on the same page with the bombings. I don’t understand why we’re not on the same page now. Wearing a mask makes a difference. Period. End of story,” Chansolme said.