In this Grand Rounds, Dr. Wes Ely of Vanderbilt University will describe the challenges being experienced by clinicians as they care for patients during the Covid pandemic. Focusing on the ICU, he will describe a scientifically proven method for resurrecting our humanism and dignity in the face of the myriad hardships posed by the pandemic. He’ll discuss the power of the human story in highlighting and addressing patient suffering, offer a strategy for rebuilding what was lost during the pandemic, and propose a path forward.
Dr. E. Wesley Ely is a Professor of Medicine and Critical Care at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center. He is the Associate Director of Aging Research for the Veteran’s Affairs Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) in Nashville, TN. Dr. Ely is the author of hundreds of articles in the scientific literature, as well as the 2021 book, Every Deep-Drawn Breath. The Lancet called the book “a paragon of humanity” and the Washington Post described it as “a timely book, its message an urgent one.” Dr. Ely is donating the book’s proceeds to help Covid survivors and family members rebuild their lives. He can be found @WesElyMD.
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Bob Wachter: Introduction
00:03:08–00:40:51 – E. Wesley Ely (Professor of Medicine and Critical Care and Co-Director of the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
Bob Wachter: Closing