ICU patients need better air quality

I honestly felt that out of all the units in the hospitals, the ICU should be the one to have the highest air quality.

Even though I have worked as an ICU doctor for several years, it doesn’t get easier over time. I used to come home crying after almost every shift when I first started at the hospital. It was mentally and emotionally exhausting. I figured that overtime I would get used to the pain, but no matter how hard I tried, I found myself creating an emotional connection. But, for some reason I continue to work there. I’ve become oddly obsessed with making sure all the patients are comfortable with the temperature and air quality. I learned over time that multiple patients would suffer or feel worse than they needed to because the temperature on the floor was either too hot or too humid for them. I convinced our floor supervisor to have a dehumidifier installed. After the humidity dissipated, I still realized that the air felt dusty, so I asked if they could install an air cleaner. I was so shocked to see how the majority of the patients improved once they were breathing in higher quality air. I honestly felt that out of all the units in the hospitals, the ICU should be the one to have the highest air quality. In the ICU, the patients are suffering and sensitive to pollutants, so having a HEPA filter to improve the air quality is important for their health and safety. After seeing such a dramatic difference in the patients, I convinced the hospital administration to replace all of the air filters in the hospital. I know occasionally I can be a bit controlling over random things, but I care for the patients, and I want them to have a comfortable experience should this be their last day here.

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