Advocacy of an intensive care doctor as hospitalized youth


A Sydney intensive care specialist has made a desperate appeal for young people to do the right thing and get vaccinated to help keep beds free in intensive care.

Dr Huong Nguyen, from Nepean Hospital, said what worried doctors and nurses was not just the growing number of young people being admitted to intensive care, but the length of their stay in intensive care.

She said 25% of current Covid-related admissions were to people under the age of 40.

In addition, the care they need cannot be provided in any other department, which means beds are not being released at a rate fast enough to place new patients.

“There are those who are on breathing machines and on heart and lung machines,” she said.

“Our nurses and doctors are compassionately providing the best care, and we need your help. We know it’s difficult right now.

“We are concerned about the increasing number of patients admitted to the wards because we know that at some point they will need the care of the intensive care team.

“It’s not a good day when you have to meet this team. We would rather never meet you and your families.

NSW on Monday recorded 818 new cases of Covid-19 and three deaths.

Dr Nguyen said she had a “personal message” to people aged 16 to 39 in South West and West Sydney.

“Please, if you can get yourself vaccinated for the first time, because we know it will protect you,” she said.


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