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Special Edition: COVID-19 - January 2021 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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COVID-19 S P E C I A L E D I T I O N J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 • O UTPATIENT SURGERY .NET • 3 To Our Readers The pandemic caught the world off-guard and temporarily shut down the industry by which you earn your living. When outpatient facilities did reopen, the numerous challenges you faced in providing safe and efficient care were staggering. That's why we felt the need to dedicate an entire issue to COVID-19. In our first (and hopefully only) Manager's Guide to COVID-19, we offer strategies on safe airway management, whole room dis- infection, maintaining PPE levels, and technologies to better communicate with patients and their families. You'll also find a summary of the lessons learned during this generational pandemic and walk away with a blueprint on how to handle the virus's most recent surge. Cover design by Ethan Anderson | Photo by Lee S. Weissman/Northwell Health o u t p a t i e n t s u r g e r y . n e t 5 4 Guest Editorial The Random Nature of This Awful Virus Jay Horowitz, CRNA, APRN 5 Lessons Learned From COVID-19 The pandemic has taught us plenty about running a facility during incredible circumstances. Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC 10 Proven Strategies for Managing PPE Facilities are getting creative to maintain adequate levels of personal protective equipment despite nationwide shortages. Adam Taylor | Senior Associate Editor 16 Making the Case for Whole Room Disinfection Supplement manual cleaning with high-tech solutions to ensure ORs are sterile and sanitized. Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Associate Editor 21 Surgery During the Surge Outpatient facilities remain ready to care for patients, even with COVID-19 infection rates on the rise. Dan Cook | Editor-in-Chief 26 Closing the Communication Gap Engagement apps help patients and providers get — and stay — on the same page during the entire episode of surgical care. Adam Taylor | Senior Associate Editor 29 Airway Management in the COVID-19 Era Anesthesia providers must take additional steps to perform intubations safely and effectively. Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA 33 Ad Index 34 Music Is Medicine for Frontline Heroes Q&A with William Robinson, MD, the spine surgeon who recorded an album to benefit communities hit hard by COVID-19. J a n u a r y 2 0 2 1 Contents

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