Physicians For Fair Coverage

Dr. Brian O’Hara: I took an oath, and I’m going to keep it

Wednesday, 04/01/20

I am a cardiac anesthesiologist, and I am blessed to be able to take care of the sickest of the sick. I trained to care for these patients, whether it be heart or lung transplants, or need for extracorporeal membrane support (ECMO) due to a severe heart condition or lung issue, such as pneumonia.

My abilities are a blessing and a curse because I can truly make an impact and save lives on the brink of death, but I am risking my health being around these potentially infected patients. Every day I go to work, I wonder when I come in contact with a COVID case needing ECMO or my care. I will be maximally exposed despite all of my protective equipment. Maximally exposed.

Dealing with secretions and airway management, many would wonder why I would even consider doing what I do. Will I bring it home to my 21-month-old daughter? My pregnant wife? I’m terrified.

But I won’t show it to my patients who need us more than ever. I took an oath, and I’m going to keep it. May God watch over my colleagues and me as we truly are in the trenches, and not at all worried about legislative affairs and matters that try to undermine our care to patients.

That’s all for now, while I’m still healthy.

Dr. Brian O’Hara is an anesthesiologist in Orlando, Florida.


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