Happy International Doctors' Day!

March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, a day in which we recognize and celebrate the contributions of physicians to individual lives, families and communities. While this may be one of the lesser-known national holidays, this year’s National Doc Day is arguably more important than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to take this moment to raise a ski pole to all our dedicated and hardworking practitioners and staff at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery. While we have reduced our clinic hours and moved many appointments to new virtual options, we are keeping our clinics open to provide the best care possible to our mountain communities. VSON is committed to being here for you when you need us – no matter what.

From our orthopaedic surgeons to our physician’s assistants and surgery schedulers, thank you for the services you continue to provide during these uncertain times. The fact remains that no matter what is going on in the world, injuries still occur, and we believe it is our duty to serve you when those accidents happen so that you can stay active and healthy long after the world has returned to normal.

Now more than ever, we remain dedicated to treating those with traumatic orthopaedic cases or individuals in need of emergent surgery. By doing so, we can help to reduce the amount of non-coronavirus related incidents in our local hospitals, which brings us to the healthcare professionals we would like to thank the most:

Thank you to all of our heroes on the front lines: the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals across the country who are putting their lives at risk by treating and saving those affected by COVID-19. Our thoughts and hearts are with you.

We must adopt certain practices to protect our healthcare workers and healthcare systems during these difficult times. In honor of this special holiday, VSON presents five steps you can take to protect our doctors and healthcare providers so that they can continue to protect us.

1.) Stay at Home: We have passed the containment phase and are now in the mitigation stage. Self-isolation and social distancing are essential in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve. Nonessential workers should work from home, and individuals should avoid visiting others outside of their household or immediate family. When it comes time to go grocery shopping or out to run essential errands, keep a 6 ft distance minimum from other people.

2.) Wash your hands: Wash your hands as frequently as possible for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Washing your hands is especially important after grocery shopping, leaving your house for any reason, or coming into contact with others. It’s also important to continuously disinfect surfaces like shopping bags.

3.) Assume you are infected: According to the CDC and WHO, we have evidence that COVID-19 is widespread in communities. That means that many individuals are carrying the virus with little to no symptoms and, therefore, are unknowingly spreading coronavirus. Experts recommend behaving as though you are already infected. If we all assume we are already ill and act as a community to prevent the spread to others, social distancing best practices will be met and we can help fatten the curve.

4.) If you are infected: Those that are sick, or think they might be sick, should self-quarantine as best as possible and avoid all public spaces. Common symptoms include coughing, fever, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell. If you are experiencing any symptoms relating to COVID-19, no matter how mild, it’s imperative that you self-isolate until 14 days after your symptoms have resided (if you think you are infected, here are some additional resources).

5.) Stay calm; we will get through this: These uncertain times are scary and unprecedented and can understandably invoke feelings of worry and anxiety. Creating at-home routines, connecting with loved ones virtually, and getting outside for solo walks are great ways to help normalize this process. Although we are all self-isolating, it’s important to remember that we are all in this together.

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