Healthcare workers adapt to changes

   By now, for many communities in Colorado, the first few minutes into 8 p.m. have become filled with howls, pots banging and cheering. Heritage even included the newly minted tradition during MAD week. 

    “What better time to howl than this time of isolation? Every night at 8pm in your time zone,” says Shelsea Ochoa and Brice Maiurro, the founders of the Go Outside and Howl at 8p.m. facebook page organizing the event. 

   While ‘officially’ speaking the howling is left up for people’s interpretations many have taken this time to honor healthcare workers. 

   One of those healthcare workers is a parent in our Heritage community. As a registered nurse Kelly Ryan has seen the changes Covid-19 has taken in her role as caring for patients pre and post surgery.

   “A lot more personal protection equipment is being used. They are not letting family members be there and limiting visitors,” she says. 

   The Post-anesthesia Care Unit  isn’t alone in changing their rules for visitors; from specific institutes such as UC Health and Swedish Medical Center to statewide initiatives like nursing homes. These no visitor policies haven’t just had an impact on the families but for the staff treating the patients as well. 

   “There’s no support system for patients since no family members are allowed so health care workers have to be that person for their patients,” says Ryan. 

   Howling to show healthcare workers appreciation isn’t the only way for people to make a difference. The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood and their website as well as Children’s Hospital Colorado both offer information on where to do so. Cover Up Colorado and the Colorado Mask Project are both organizing efforts to make masks for essential workers across the state. 

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