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The Necessity For Change

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 6:12am
Amanda Hankel, editor
Good-byes – I have never been that great at them. They tend to be sad – even if they are for a good reason.

Good-byes – I have never been that great at them. They tend to be sad – even if they are for a good reason.

It’s with this mindset that I write my last column for Surgical Products. I am sad to leave, but as we all know, life isn’t stagnant. Sometimes change is inevitable — and often, it’s necessary.

Of all industries, I think the surgical community embraces the need for change better than others. Healthcare is such a fluid, ever-changing field. Fnrom doctors and nurses to techniques and technology, it has to be constantly changing and growing in order to improve.

For example, in the many surgeon CVs I have reviewed in my time at Surgical Products, I’ve noticed that many surgeons move all around the country, and even the world, to complete their training. Many surgeons attend medical school in one city, complete their internship and residency in another, and work as an attending in yet another. This allows a surgeon to grow, and learn and experience new techniques and approaches that they may not be exposed to if they stay in one place throughout their entire career.

The same holds true for OR nurses and directors. While some may spend their careers working in the same OR, many move from department to department, or specialty to specialty. Working with different surgeons, staff members and patients helps a professional to continue to improve their skills.

The patients that surgeons and surgical professionals see are also constantly changing. For many, it’s often an endless cycle of seeing and treating a patient, then sending them on their way after treatment, and moving onto the next patient.

And of course, technology and techniques are really the essence of ‘change’ in healthcare. Technology and techniques are constantly being changed and invented to make surgery less invasive, less painful, etc. It can be hard for a surgeon to learn a new technique, or grow accustomed to using a new surgical instrument, but without this advancement, surgery would not improve.

I guess in the end, the lesson here is that, as hard as it can be to say good bye – whether to colleagues or patients, or our old, familiar ways – sometimes, change is inevitable. It’s necessary in order to achieve growth and improvement.

With that, I say my final ‘good bye’ to the readers of Surgical Products. It’s been a pleasure, and as always, thanks for reading.

What's your take? E-mail amanda.hankel@advantagemedia.com

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