An Angel…

Reading this story is a great way to start 2023. Among other things, this “angel” can serve as an inspiration as we begin this new year.

A Must Read

If you are scrambling to get things done and can only read one thing, consider reading this Twitter thread by Conor Browne.

Burned out, demoralized and calling for change

“Primary care is the bedrock foundation for our healthcare system and the collapse of this will have after shocks felt at all levels of health care delivery. Having a family physician means promoting preventative medicine, doing outpatient work ups re directing care away from overwhelmed ER departments when appropriate, providing earlier more manageable disease diagnosis, collaborating with specialist and ensuring you get the best care possible. We are instrumental in decreasing the number of in patients and over capacity at the hospital. We help transition patients to short stay units, long term care or follow up on our discharged patients, and some of us even do house calls for the infirm. Good care means taking initiative and ensuring our patients don’t fall through the ever enlarging cracks in the system.”

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Why are healthcare workers burning out?

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Given that healthcare workers have been dealing with the pandemic for over two years, it is fully understandable that many of them are burnt or burning out. Howevever, as the following statement suggests, the underlying reason for healthcare worker burnout may have existed well before the pandemic began.

“Our system was not okay before COVID-19. It was functioning because of the people in it, and because they give 110 percent every time they come into work….The cracks that were there widened and it became apparent to everybody.”

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What have we learned?

Over the past two years, what lessons have we learned from and about COVID?

A Must-read Twitter Thread

If you only have time to read one Twitter thread, here is one worth considering.

Impact of COVID-19

While it is true that COVID-19 is affecting patients and their families, it is also having a large impact on healthcare providers. This article clearly illustrates how healthcare workers are being impacted emotionally and mentally by the covid-19 pandemic.

How can we help each other during COVID-19?

As we know, there is a lot of fear and angst that exist concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. While it may be assumed that such fear and angst cause people to go into a self-preservation and self-protection mode and not reach out to others, as this article illustrates, the opposite is indeed the case.

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