Military ‘battle buddy’ system comes to hospitals and clinics

Via University of Minnesota

“’This situation is new for everyone—a pandemic is one of the few instances in civilian life [in which] healthcare workers are faced with the possibility of risk to self and risk to family while caring for patients,’ says Barbara Gold, a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.”

“In MinnRAP, healthcare workers are assigned a partner based on the kind of work they do, how long they have been in practice, where they work, and their lifestyle. This helps create common ground between the pair so that, together, they can tackle issues that arise in similar working environments and job duties. Several times a week (and sometimes daily), providers check in with each other to share their reactions to stressors and anxieties, and to listen to and validate their experiences.”

“MinnRAP began in March, in two U of M Medical Center units: one for medical intensive care and one for surgical intensive care.”

Learn more about the U of M’s plan to protect the mental health of frontline medical personnel

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