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Old 03-24-2020, 11:56 PM
Mama Zappa is offline
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Originally Posted by Monty View Post
Psychiatrists are medical doctors.
Yes, yes they are - and chances are very good that during their training they did rotations in the ER, in surgery, in obstetrics, and so on.... but you wouldn't want one removing your appendix any more than you'd want a dermatologist managing your antipsychotic medication.

I suspect that
a) they're there to rubber-stamp what the experienced ICU nurses are saying to do (as others have noted),
b) to quickly learn the basics of what needs to be done for these patients: while managing a COVID case is certainly more than a quick pulse check / heart listen, they can very quickly learn much of what is required to assess the patients. Their first 2/3 days they might be more hassle than help but after that they would be useful.