Sanket Thakkar received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Health Care Management and is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with specialty in Adult Critical Care. He joined Northwestern Medicine since 2006, where he has held roles as advanced practitioner, clinical specialist and clinical coordinator for Respiratory Therapy. Sanket is currently working as the Respiratory ECMO Coordinator, where he is responsible for advancing ECMO programming and training for the rapidly growing ECMO program. Sanket and the ECMO team successfully completed Northwestern Medicine’s first ECMO Transport in Spring 2020 and continues to look for new opportunities to advance care in the critical care population.
While the effect on those who have been infected with the COVID-19 has been varied, some patients have experienced devastating consequences. This predominantly respiratory virus has lead in some to pulmonary fibrosis, which has been so severe that Lung Transplantation has been the only option to allow patients the possibility of recovery. This Webinar will present an overview of COVID-19 and a case study of a patient who required lung transplantation for COVID-19 associated pulmonary fibrosis. The expert panel will discuss patient selection and evaluation, psychosocial implications of transplantation and the intense post-transplant care that the patient requires.