Brad D’Oliveria is a 26-year-old man with no medical problems except a minor lung infection until he was diagnosed with pneumonia last week.
One of her doctors, Dr. Stephen Lapinsky, head of the multidisciplinary care team at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, told CTV News that D’Oliveria came to the hospital with recurrent symptoms but progressed quickly.
“I believe he was just breathing normally, coughing and wheezing, and then (he) went into the intensive care unit,” he told CTV News.
Diagnosed with pneumonia, D’Olivera was given a ventilator on Friday to help him breathe.
By Tuesday, it was good enough that doctors decided to remove him from the ventilator, but the procedure can be risky and affect the removal of the patient’s tube throat.
“When the catheter comes out, most patients cough with it,” said Matthew Ko, a respiratory therapist at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“The cough is associated with a lot of aerosol – you have to put a lot of water into the air with the cough. For your ill-fated patients, when they cough you put the virus in the air. ”
In order to protect himself and other health care workers from contracting the disease after work, Ko turns to the wrong product: a clear plastic bag.
Ko took the bag from the hospital kit and filled it with helium and oxygen to make it float above the patient. His idea is that once the tube is removed, the patient will cough into the bag, more so in the air that medical staff will be able to discharge it.
“To see if this would work, we tried it,” Ko said. “So, I tried it for myself just to see what it would look like, and it wasn’t bad.”
D’Oliveria in the ICU room is always available, with no negative pressure, which helps keep the aerosol away from the medical staff.
Ko says “So the advantage of doing this is that it works well,” “I don’t know what plastic bags are, but I don’t think they are expensive.”
The maneuver worked. The video from inside the ICU shows the medical staff putting the bags around the patient.
“(When) we pulled the tube with a bag around it he put a couple of spells, which were packed into the bag,” Lapinsky said.
D’Oliveria allows healthcare workers to post video online as a way of educating other healthcare providers at an affordable and cost-effective way to protect employees.
“It’s been serious,” Lapinsky said. “I think it’s more than 150,000 impressions since we gave it.”
Lapinsky added that there are some challenges to this process. For example, it takes more time and requires an additional staff member to pull over.
“We think we can adjust it and it will add a safety factor to the whole process,” he said.
D’Oliveria is still in the hospital, where he posted a new post on his Instagram page. Doctors hope that it will improve everything.