ON THE FRONT LINE

Central Florida Health News|May 2020

ON THE FRONT LINE
Charge Nurse Describes New Normal Caring for COVID-19 Patients
TERESA SCHIFFER

David Coicou is on the front line of the medical field’s fight against this illness, working as a charge nurse at AdventHealth Orlando caring for coronavirus patients. Coicou was generous enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to talk with us for a few minutes about the reality of dealing with these special patients.

A charge nurse like Coicou is in charge of the unit he works on during his shift, controlling the flow of work and overseeing the care of the unit’s patients. Coicou has been a nurse since 2013 and, like most of his peers, has never seen a situation that compares to the current pandemic.

“This is like nothing I have experienced, or, I think, anybody in the medical field has experienced,” he says.

Dr. Neil Finkler, Chief Medical Officer of Acute Care Services at AdventHealth Orlando, says there isn’t a single physician or team member who has not felt the effects of coronavirus.

One of the most challenging aspects of working with coronavirus patients, according to Coicou, is the slow progression of the disease. An ICU unit like the one he works in typically sees patients who are in an acute state. Generally, they are quickly stabilized and downgraded, and discharged within a few days. That is not the case with coronavirus patients.

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