When patients are admitted to the hospital for COVID-19, they are not allowed to have any visitors. Because doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals also have to keep a safe distance, they can only interact with them under layers of personal protective equipment, so many patients feel very lonely.
However, healthcare workers have found a smart way to help COVID-19 patients feel a little less isolated. Since their personal protective equipment hides their faces, they began to wear name tags with cheerful pictures of themselves!
Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, said on Instagram:
"A reassuring smile makes a big difference to a scared patient. So today I made a giant laminated badge for my PPE. So my patients can see a reassuring and comforting smile."
Health workers in other cities have also started to take pictures of themselves on their protective gear after seeing Robertino's idea.
Derek DeVault, a nurse who works in Los Angeles, is one of them:
"Saw this idea on IG and thought it was a beautiful way to bring ease to our patients during this stressful time. Thank you to all the healthcare workers out there for battling on the frontlines. To all those who are staying home, huge shout out to you! I know that is also not easy."
Finally, Dr. Joseph Varon, head of department at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, also carries a photo of himself when speaking with patients. Its staff does the same. Varon believes that giving hope to patients is "50% of the battle".
"If I have someone who loses hope, I don't care how many medications I give him, they're going to go," said Varon. "So my goal is to avoid losing people to this coronavirus any way we can."
We thank all our heroes working on the frontline right now!