The medical students who work at Erasmus MC’s intensive care unit (ICU) spend most of their time supplying the patients’ rooms with the required items and supporting the nursing staff. Merve shows us around during her day shift and shows us what such ICU rooms look like.

Next to the door is a large window. “This allows us to see the patient, the monitor, the pumps and the ventilators at a glance.” The pumps are used to administer medication to the patient. “One of the most important things in the room is the monitor, which shows the ECG (the electrocardiogram, which shows the cardiac muscle’s electrical activity), the heart rate and the (oxygen) saturation level, among other things. This monitor is an important instrument that tells us how patients are doing. Since most patients at the ICU are on a ventilator, they can’t really tell us how they are themselves.”

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During the corona crisis, EM medical students are working in Erasmus MC’s intensive care unit, where many corona patients are treated. Every Monday Merve Rousian will tell about her week, on Tuesday it’s Robbert-Jan Raad’s turn , on Wednesday you can watch Britt Hoeven and Jasper Klasen is last but not least on Thursday. Overview of all episodes >>