Surgical Critical Care at the Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rifat Latifi

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The number of deaths and infected people by Corona-19 virusin 2020 around the world is alarming and numbing at the same time. It almostdifficult to remember when the world was normal, although it just started fewmonths ago. Our world and everything around have changed, our surgical practicehas changed, our life has changed, but Intensive Care Units (ICU)in WestchesterMedical center in Valhalla, NY, continue to care for the sickest of thesickest. But this time, different disease with different prognosis. Everycritical care specialist, every surgery resident and surgical critical carefellow, are COVID-19 doctors. As I round in the ICU, I imagine myself in one ofthose beds that I could have been few weeks ago. Now, fully recovered fromCOVID-19, and coming back to work is a real treat. Yet, I still have more-questions than answers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)736-740
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Epicenter
  • Intensive critical care
  • Mortality
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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