‘Words Can Mean Life or Death’: What We Heard This Week

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“Words have consequences and during a public health emergency like COVID-19, those words can mean life or death for patients.” — Joe Knickrehm, vice president of communications for the Federation of State Medical Boards, on their statement that physicians who spread COVID misinformation could face disciplinary action.

“Our plan is to protect the American people and to stay ahead of this virus.” — CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, on the Biden administration’s new plan for COVID booster shots.

“It’s crystal-ball gazing. Who knows where we are going to be in a year’s time.” — John Moore, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, on whether an annual COVID booster shot will be necessary.

“If incivility and bullying are going on at a clinical site, that is not going to be conducive to student learning.” — Holly Chandler, MS, EdD, CRNA, of Bryan College of Health Sciences in Nebraska, discussing how student nurse anesthetists are treated poorly by other healthcare providers.

“There is nothing harder for me than having a patient in front of me that I don’t have a treatment for, but we have the treatments we need — we just need the political will.” — Renee Salas, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, speaking about taking action to fight climate change.

“The sporadic incidence made it very challenging.” — William Nettleton, MD, medical director of the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department in Michigan, discussing an intermittent decade-long Salmonella outbreak linked to a southern Michigan restaurant.

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