Nurses are a lifeline for COVID patients

Medical staff, especially nurses, are at the forefront of helping COVID-19 patients survive the disease. Photographer Leila Navidi takes us into the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Cood Rapids. 

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Amy Ressler Nelson, RN, brought a COVID-19 patient into the ICU from another floor of the hospital at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Andy Barnes, RN, attended a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
A COVID-19 patient rested in the prone position, a method used to increase oxygenation in COVID-19 patients, in the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Katherine Forseth, RN, checked on COVID-19 patient Jeff Hanna, 63, as he watched an Old Western movie on television inside the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
A COVID-19 patient is intubated in the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Katherine Forseth, RN, used a peripheral nerve stimulator on a intubated COVID-19 patient inside the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Amanda Regan, RN, paused for a moment during her shift with COVID-19 patients in the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Medical staff worked together to turn over an intubated COVID-19 patient onto the prone position to help with oxygenation inside the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. From left are RNs Shaunna Bradley, Susan Stone, Katie Coughlin, and respiratory therapists Ibsa Sufiyan and Monika Saxe.