A Nurse Anesthetist Shares His Disease Prevention Tips: Five Do’s and Three Don’ts

(Wayne Jar, Nurse Anesthetist)

While the novel coronavirus is raging around the world, frontline medical professionals are working extremely hard on their jobs. Wayne Jar, a nurse anesthetist at a medical center in San Francisco, said that this year's International Nurses Day (May 12) was the most unnerving day he had ever experienced.

Following the principle of “Five Do’s and Three Don'ts” as hospitals sound alarms over shortages of medical supplies

According to Wayne Jar, a while ago, many hospitals cancelled most surgeries, except emergency surgeries, to accommodate a big number of patients infected with the coronavirus. What is more worrying is that at present, the number of medical masks, protective clothing and respirators in major US hospitals are insufficient, and many patients will not be properly cared for and treated, and medical professionals will also be at high risk of infection. In addition, because the hospital's main income comes from the surgical operations, the hospital now faces a financial challenge as surgeries are being cancelled, and many medical professionals are transferred to different units to support the incoming patients and some staff members are even forced to reduce their pay or take unpaid time off.

At the beginning, Wayne Jar was often worried about the risk of being infected. His moods were affected by the anxious atmosphere among colleagues. Fortunately, he has been practicing qigong at Tai Ji Men for years, where his grandmaster taught him a great way to enhance his health. Through daily practice of qigong, he has gradually let go of the unnecessary worries and enhanced his immune system by applying the principle of “Five Do’s and Three Don’ts” that he learned at Tai Ji Men. (The five do’s are: Wash your hands frequently. Drink more warm water. Do more exercise. Be happy. Be careful. The three don’t are: Don’t be angry. Don’t worry. Don’t be nervous.) “I now share these useful disease prevention tips with the public. I hope everyone can boost their immunity and stay healthy to protect themselves from future pandemics!”

It's Important to Reassure Patients in the Post-Pandemic Period

As the pandemic in the Bay Area gradually slowed down now, hospitals began to resume routine surgeries. At this time, to ensure the safety of patients and medical staff, all patients who undergo surgery must undergo a virus test, and they must be tested negative before the operation. Many patients who come to the hospital during this period often fear that they will get infected. Guided by his conscience and utilizing his professional skills, Wayne Jar would patiently communicate with his patients before the operation to let them know that the hospital and medical staff are well trained, so they wouldn’t feel so worried. He always hoped that they would enter the operating room with a calm mind and wish them a successful surgery, and his patients and their families expressed their heartfelt appreciation for his efforts.

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Guided by his conscience and utilizing his professional skills, nurse anesthetist Wayne Jar would patiently communicate with his patients before the operation, hoping that they would enter the operating room with a calm mind.