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The Virus and the Race to Find Safe Air
Episode 121st July 2020 • True Western • Western Health
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When the COVID-19 pandemic started to ramp up in early 2020, there was a call to arms in a sense, as staff started to prepare from intensive care and beyond. Associate Professor Forbes McGain, intensive care specialist at Western Health quickly realised that there were some gaps in how they might be able to treat patients with COVID-19. The goal was to find a way to make the air as safe as possible for the hospital staff who were caring for COVID patients. This episode delves into how Western health doctors and engineering expert, Professor Jason Monty and his colleagues from the University of Melbourne came up with a solution to the fear and risk facing hospital workers. This is the story of the work of a team of experts and it features the Southern Ocean, a pram, a costume designer, 11 days of genius and hard work, and an intensive care nurse with 33 years’ experience who becomes a suspected COVID patient and ends up playing a key role.

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