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Special Edition: Anesthesia - July 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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How did you connect family members with hospitalized loved ones? We set up a system for them to FaceTime into ICU rooms. Even if patients weren't communicative, family could still speak to them. It was extremely gratifying to see a patient who wasn't doing well begin to recover and talk with family for the first time. Seeing these interactions was quite moving. Is there a single moment that stands out for you more than others? A younger patient wasn't doing well when he came in. We struggled to get him to wake up and get his lungs working. Once we managed his lung infections and extubated him, he was able to go home. We cheered him on when he left, which was emotional. When he got home, he had to climb 16 steps to get into his house. He insisted on walking those steps himself — and he did. It exemplified the determination of individuals we were caring for. These types of successes made us push even harder for some patients who I didn't think were going to make it. Many did and are on their way to recovery right now. What do you hope comes out of the pandemic for Anesthesia? I hope it serves as a reminder of the many skills we bring to the table. We can scale up, provide care outside of our day to day and do it well. We can handle a crisis, make critical decisions and handle anything thrown our way with poise and calm. You need these skills to keep patients alive during a pandemic. OSM Dr. Garvin (garvins@hss.edu) is an assistant attending anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 5 5

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