‘It’s scary’: St. Luke’s respiratory therapist details working inside a COVID-19 unit | ktvb.com

Inside Idaho hospitals, frontline healthcare workers continue to battle the tough circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic as case numbers continue to rise.

“The cases have doubled that I’ve seen, even more so than doubled now with these 900 or 1,000 new cases a day. Even though it’s not in Ada County, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to trickle to our hospital,” Roberts said. “I am very concerned that we will see this lag of numbers that will turn into hospitalizations so it’s extremely concerning.”

For a while, operations at St. Luke’s in Boise were very manageable, but there is now concern as conditions are starting to change.

“It’s scary,” Roberts said. “You’ve got to keep an eye on them and just watch and make sure that whatever turn they make you’re ready to help them through it and give them the best possible care that you can.”

Because of the extensive personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by hospital staff, Roberts is personally comfortable working with COVID-19 patients. However, there is still a great risk posed to medical workers.

“My biggest worry is that I will take it home to my family,” Roberts said.

Roberts sees every day just how serious contracting COVID-19 can be.

“For some people, it’s just that shortness of breath. They walk to the bathroom and they are so short of breath that they just have to stop and wait or they are on that verge of having to have a tube down their throat and be put on a ventilator,” Roberts said. “It’s very concerning because you don’t know what direction that patient may turn on you.”

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