Dr. Leigh Vinocur On The COVID-19 Hospital Crisis
We begin today with Dr. Leigh Vinocur, a board certified emergency physician who has worked and taught for more than two decades at some of our area’s leading medical institutions, including the University of Maryland, Medstar Health, and Sinai Hospital. She is a national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, a 40,000 member organization that has been sounding the alarm on the worsening crisis in many of the nation's emergency rooms and intensive care units. An unprecedented deluge of patients sickened by COVID-19 is overwhelming many of these medical facilities, where a shortage of ventilators and personal protection equipment such as gowns, gloves and anti-viral masks are putting both patients and medical staff at ever-greater risk. Dr. Vinocur joins Tom on the phone from her home in Baltimore.