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PHOTO ESSAY: Inside UnityPoint Health-Meriter’s COVID ICU

A patient and their care team mid-transport in the ICU with multiple pieces of lifesaving equipment.
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A patient and their care team mid-transport in the ICU with multiple pieces of lifesaving equipment.
Kristi Smith, RN, administers medication to a COVID-19 patient in the ICU.
Kori Young/UnityPoint Health Meriter
Kristi Smith, RN, administers medication to a COVID-19 patient in the ICU.
UnityPoint Health – Meriter staff speak with a COVID-19 patient in their room in the ICU.
Kori Young/UnityPoint Health Meriter
UnityPoint Health – Meriter staff speak with a COVID-19 patient in their room in the ICU.
A sign reading “Beet COVID” hangs outside of a patients room in the ICU.
Kori Young/UnityPoint Health Meriter
A sign reading “Beet COVID” hangs outside of a patients room in the ICU.
RN Maria Pagel and Nursing Assistant Erin Zimmermann prepare an infusion pump to enter a COVID-19 patient’s room.
Kori Young/UnityPoint Health Meriter
RN Maria Pagel and Nursing Assistant Erin Zimmermann prepare an infusion pump to enter a COVID-19 patient’s room.
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Mat Trapp, RN, checks on a COVID-19 patient in the ICU.

Photo Essay by Kori Young

It’s never completely quiet.

Sometimes it’s just the distinctive rhythmic sigh of the ventilators, beep of the tube feeding machines, or the click of a door closing shut; and other times the alarms of a code, crinkling of a PPE paper bag, and frantic feet. 

In the heart of Madison, the ICU staff at UnityPoint Health – Meriter are both exhausted and determined to help patients “beet” COVID-19. Coming and going from shifts, they are greeted by the masked and the maskless outside, but inside, on this floor of the hospital, everyone’s learned to read each others eyes.

And those eyes tell heartbreaking stories.  

For one day, for only a few hours, they documented their ICU. Just a brief moment in a battle that is still raging to stop a deadly pandemic. 

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