Each year, it's customary for many of us to look back and reflect on our achievements and challenges of the previous year. For all of us, this year had a seemingly endless onslaught of challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic pressed us to learn, work and live in a completely new way, all while trying to pivot to ensure the best care for our patients.
News & Views wanted to take a look back at some of the top articles this year to review what we've learned and look back at the impact our field is having on our patients today.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Emerging Need for COVID-19 Patients
In this article, Gerene Bauldoff, PhD, RN, MAACVPR, takes a look at how pulmonary rehabilitation will impact COVID-19 patients. New research shows follow up care for COVID-19 patients will be critical--both as we roll out the vaccine and as more study illuminates long-term effects of the virus. Bauldoff breaks down what that will mean for PR professionals.
Transitioning to Remote CR during COVID-19
In the spring, all of us were grappling with what to do amid COVID-19. As economic shutdowns impacted clinics, and as hospitals reallocated resources to help coronavirus patients, many CR professionals were trying to navigate a strange time. In this article, Adam DeJong, MA, FAACVPR, assistant vice president of surgical services at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute at Atrium Health, walked us through what transitioning to remote looked like for his patients and staff.
AACVPR Paving the Way for Home-Based Rehabilitation
Earlier this year, AACVPR announced the formation of the Innovative Delivery Model Collaboration (IDMC) a multidisciplinary coalition of AACVPR volunteers and industry partners to foster communication and provides a mechanism for collaboration. The IDMC was established in hopes of creating impactful conversations that can lead the way for home-based cardiac rehabilitation and beyond.
Stress Coping Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic has been stressful for both clinicians and patients. Joel Hughes, PhD, FAACVPR, broke down how those working in the field can manage their own stress, as well as that of their patients in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leading Through Crisis: How Health Care Professioanls Can Help Resilience Both in and Out of the Clinic
Kicking off the AACVPR 35th Annual Meeting, speaker Wayne Sotile, PhD, inspired attendees to be resilient. After a year of hardships, Sotile urged attendees to find inner strength by understanding how they're spending their energy and how they can replenish it as well.