The transfer of power from one president to the next is a moment in time which shows our republic is strong and able to weather rough seas and the toughest of times. The past two and a half centuries haven’t been easy, there has been a terrible cost in lives, blood, and painful division with millions serving our country in every role from military to medical care over the 25 decades.
President Biden has asked our country to work in unity and face our challenges United. Now, we must face the biggest crisis the medical community has faced in most of our healthcare provider’s life time. Some of us remember extreme challenges the medical community has faced over the last several decades, but little has impacted the medical community and the United States in the way SARS-CoV-2 has over the past year.
One year ago, today, January 20, 2020; the first COVID-19 case was reported in the United States. Now, we are near 25 million cases and over 400,000 dead from COVID-19 in a single year.
Last night, President Biden and Vice-President Harris chose to make their first act on arrival in Washington DC, a moving tribute to the Americans dead from COVID-19.
But we must remember we are not done yet, we have been without a national plan, a systematic approach to care, a national systematic approach to vaccine administration, and we have not reached our prevention goals. In addition, we know that we are all tired, have experienced more deaths in the past year than many of you have every had in your career, and we have worked without a net in many settings, without a coordinated PPE plan, supplies, and therapeutics. In fact, the entire healthcare system has worked heroically through this pandemic in extreme conditions with little support.
But while we know the situation will increase in scope, acuity, and mortality through the next six months; all of us at The Resuscitation Group know we can fight this crisis effectively moving forward with real federal support, a national plan, and a united purpose.
We know you are tired; we know that more of us have become sick or died in the past year without an adequate opportunity to acknowledge our fallen colleagues or grieve their loss.
But we can take a moment to breathe, and then, refocus what was once the single greatest healthcare system on this planet, one that leagues of other countries took the best from and applied against their own healthcare systems. That refocusing can let us open our thoughts to the ideas of others, consider out of the box concepts, implement non-traditional processes, and be the innovators that end this pandemic.
But this refocusing must result in every facet of the healthcare system must unite, from EMS and public health, to primary care and hospital generalists, to emergency departments and critical care. We ask everyone to advocate for these innovations and reach out to those who have different perspectives, set aside our healthcare politics and focus on bringing this crisis to a close.
Let us be the first to say, The Resuscitation Group stands ready to help and bond with others to move our united goals forward.