‘Like a war zone’: One nephrologist’s COVID-19 experience

This past January, cases of COVID-19 spiked in Orange County, California, leaving hospitals scrambling to obtain enough continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and dialysis machines. “Nearly half of our regular hospital beds had been converted into ICU beds, and we had 50 extra medical-surgical beds in a mobile field hospital in our parking lot,” said Kam Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, chief of nephrology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, Orange, California. Medscape spoke with Kalantar-Zadeh about his experience.