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Matt Morgan: Caring for unvaccinated patients

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 17 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2022
  1. Matt Morgan, intensive care consultant
  1. University Hospital of Wales
  1. mmorgan{at}
    Follow Matt on Twitter: @dr_mattmorgan

As some intensive care units fill up once again, the patients with covid-19 feel almost familiar. Not all, but many, of them are overweight; similarly, many have diabetes or high blood pressure. The difference this time, however, is that another common factor has been added to our lists: patients who are unvaccinated. Certainly not all, but many. How does it feel to care for someone at the edge of life when you know that it didn’t necessarily have to be this way?

Some health professionals may feel angry at having to care for patients who have made unwise decisions. But we …

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