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Special Coverage: Orthopaedic Crises

A Surgeon’s Attitude Resilience is Critical When Responding to Constant Crises

Eeric Truumees, MD, and Jeffrey M. Smith, MD
As we read accounts of those involved in the recent, devastating hurricanes and the senseless atrocity at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, we realized the much broader application of resilience. As you will read in the November 2017 issue, orthopaedic surgeons affected the outcomes of these events.

On the Water Front: ‘The real story was neighbors helping neighbors’

Terry Stanton
During Hurricane Harvey, “We rode (in a boat) to the neighborhood where my patient was and to her house,’ Stefan Kreuzer, MD, MSc said. “Her husband was on the roof, and they had help signs on the windows for the Coast Guard.” Dr. Kreuzer carried his patient on his back to the boat.

On Call: ‘Listen, if the truck gets swamped, buddy, I’ll buy you a new one’

Terry Stanton
Taggart Gauvain, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon, proved his versatility when he joined Houston’s improvised version of the “Cajun Navy” during Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Irma’s Category 5 Power Crushes U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeffrey M. Chase, MD
This is an account written by AAOS Fellow Jeffrey M. Chase, MD, who rode out Hurricane Irma in his house on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas. Dr. Chase submitted this report in mid-September, shortly after Irma had struck.

Medical Community Unifies in Response to Shooting

Terry Stanton
When a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas rained gunfire on the crowd attending a country music concert, the scores of wounded began flooding the city’s emergency departments. Orthopaedic surgeons stepped up to provide care for the injured.

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