During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare facilities around the world paused elective surgeries in order to prevent a rapid escalation of the coronavirus. Now as elective surgeries begin to resume, it will take a joint effort to ensure safe and efficient patient care around the world. A recent webinar from Advances in Surgery (AIS), supported by the Johnson & Johnson Institute, highlighted the procedures and protocols guiding the return to elective surgeries.
Titled “Collaborating to Shape the Next Normal in Elective Surgery,” the webinar focused on the critical areas in which industry professionals, government organizations, surgeons and other healthcare professionals can work together to help enable the continuum of care for patients.
Discussion focused on the ways in which surgeons can open conversations around the safety of undergoing elective surgeries with their patients and underscored the importance of communication between healthcare workers during these difficult times. Research on how predictive modeling can help patients make data-driven decisions about elective surgeries was also presented, in addition to new protocols for resuming orthopedic surgery.
More than 31,000 participants from around the world – 81% surgeons, 10% physicians and 8% nurses – tuned in live from 149 countries to listen to a distinguished lineup of healthcare professions, and leaders from professional societies and industry.
Dr. Sara Nogueira, a Gastrointestinal Surgeon and AIS Channel Medical Team Member from Portugal, provided the opening remarks and moderated a panel discussion about the importance of trade associations, societies and industry working together. Speakers included Mr. Vlad Makatsaria, Company Group Chairman, Ethicon at Johnson & Johnson; Ms. Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer at Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), Singapore; Ms. Michelle Hood, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at The American Hospital Association, USA; and Mr. Scott Whitaker, President and Chief Executive Officer, AdvaMed.
At the end of the panel discussion, Vlad Makatsaria emphasized his key takeaways from the pandemic thus far: “During this time, all of us in the healthcare industry have learned that when we are untied, trust one another, and prioritize a patient-first mindset…we can accomplish anything.”
Considering the importance of resilience, both in the midst of COVID and post pandemic, Dr. Nathan Smith, Research Fellow, Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester, UK and Dr. Steve Yule, Professor and Chair of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh, UK, teamed up for an insightful session on Supporting Frontline Workers.
For Dr. Yule, team dynamics has been an area of focus for him the last 20-past years. He feels passionate about how surgeons and teams in the operating theater can use non-technical skills as countermeasures in dealing with crisis. “When faced with challenges ranging from variability of resources to staffing, communications and systems, skills like assertiveness, teamwork, listening and leadership go a long way in helping overcome them and create new and more effective ways of working,” Dr. Yule explained.
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This webinar is part of an expanded collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Institute and AIS to present HCPs with critical COVID-19 resources through the virtual COVID-19 Resource Center. On the site, HCPs can access vital, real-time information from multiple public sources and free online courses. More than 3 million HCPs from 150+ countries have visited the AIS COVID-19 microsite thus far.
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