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A Call for Action. The COVID Crisis in India… Can You Help Save a Life?
ONLINE FIRST! Read our latest In the Know column, “It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over,” and how anesthesiologists can help address patients' fears about COVID-19 vaccination in advance of the July issue.
Central Line Podcast: Inside the Monitor Flattening the Curve — Tune in to hear from Dr. Jodi Sherman about sustainability and anesthesiology. Learn more about the impact of inhaled anesthetics, the misunderstanding surrounding single-use disposables, and infection prevention.
Since the initial emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in late 2019, the response of the scientific community to this threat has been nothing short of astounding. In less than one year, scientists have created more than 80 different vaccines.
For Trevor Gibbs, MD, inspiration struck in the OR. “I was doing a difficult rapid-sequence induction and had set my supplies on the patient’s chest, as many providers do, but the items fell off just as I needed them. The patient’s oxygen levels were going down, and I was frustrated,” he recalled. “I decided then and there to buy an anesthesia stand after that surgery.” But… there was no such thing as an anesthesia stand on the market.
Lisa E. Weiss, MD; Joey Melissa Mancuso, DO, MS
The last year has profoundly impacted the lives of individuals all over the world – particularly health care workers. The pandemic highlighted both strengths and weaknesses in the American health care system. There is no doubt that the emergency approval of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in December 2020, as well as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March 2021, has changed and will continue to change the course of the pandemic. However, we still have a ways to go.
Karen S. Sibert, MD, FASA
Today, hospitals are struggling to maintain their financial stability in the face of the revenue hit they took in 2020 when elective case volumes plummeted. Total knee and hip replacements were down by 53% and 42%, respectively, compared with 2019 numbers, and even cardiac catheterization cases were 24% fewer. At least 47 hospitals closed or declared bankruptcy in 2020, with more likely to follow.
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