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Back To Work - June 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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8 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0 B eing forced to quarantine at home during the coronavirus out- break has been relatively easy to manage. Can't go to work. Can't hang out with friends and family. Can't go to restau- rants or ballgames. Now comes the hard part. As lockdowns begin to lift across the nation, "yellow" risk designations will create a gray area between maintaining the progress we've made to limit the spread of COVID-19 and letting us all get back to living relatively normal lives. The lessen- ing of social restrictions will vary in different regions of the nation, across sections of states and even among neighboring communities. We'll each have our own beliefs about how to safely reacclimate to a changed society. I'm wondering how long that will take. While talking to several sur- gical leaders for this month's cover story about how they're managing the reopening of ORs during a worldwide pandemic, I was struck by the number of additional steps their staffs and surgical teams must take just to perform a single case. The way you work now is decidedly different than when you left. But you're adapting, and finding new ways to provide excellent patient care under the most difficult of cir- cumstances. The COVID-19 outbreak has challenged us all to work differently, and perhaps smarter. My wife and I sit in front of dueling laptops at the kitchen table, timing bursts of productivity between yells for juice boxes and Netflix shows. Working remotely has actually made me more organized. I'm forced to compare a week's worth of virtual meetings with my wife's schedule so I know when I'll be able to sneak away to work in a quiet part of the house. I'm more efficient Ahead of the Curve Your return to the OR shows us how to adapt in uncertain times. Editor's Page Dan Cook

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