See inside a Beijing ICU
Updated 11:31, 14-Jan-2023

Inside the intensive care unit (ICU) of this prestigious Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH), medical workers are racing against time to treat patients threatened by COVID-19 and other underlying diseases.

Since December 2022, the ICU at the Department of Critical Care Medicine has been operating at full capacity.

ICU medical staff must be on duty 24 hours a day, and provide timely treatment for critically ill patients.

Medical workers must also clean the patients’ bodies and change their sheets.

They also need to pay attention to the patients’ mental state and offer comfort and encouragement.

Since early December 2022, the hospital has seen an increasing number of severe COVID-19 patients, while also seeing a significant drop in medical staff due to COVID illnesses.

Nearly a month later, many medical workers have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to work.

Many patients have also improved without the need of ventilators or intubation.

The ICU and MICU have seen 80 critically ill patients, with 39 recoveries from early December 2022 to Jan. 9.

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