Depression, Burnout & Wellness: Lasting Pandemic Lessons for a Rural Physician
ACOI member, Nathan P. Samsa, DO, FACOI, felt overwhelmed by pressures and expectations brought on by the pandemic that neither his community, nor the U.S. as a whole, could have foreseen. He was the only physician at his hospital who was managing the patients on ventilators and oxygen in the COVID ward. He acutely felt the health emergency as did many rural communities where approximately 6.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 175,00 COVID-19 related deaths (as of June, 2022) have been recorded according to the USA Facts and Centers for Disease Central and Prevention.
A prominent pillar woven into the very fabric of the ACOI is Wellness. Our daily philosophies seek wellness for our families, friends, and patients with drive and determination. The toil of such a life can sometimes become overwhelming.
Thank you to ACOI member, Charlene Lepane, DO, FACOI for sending this very helpful information to share with our membership! Dr. Peter Tsai, inventor of the filtration fabric in the N95 mask recommends the following methods for reusing the N95 respirator: