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Not just the #healthcare system that's on the brink of breakdown, but also many #hcw 's mental health, wellbeing and future. As early as 1st week in office, YBM @KKMPutrajaya has put in motion a healthcare audit which 4sure will be part of the h'care #whitepaper. Addressing 1/6
the legacy mess within the system is a monumental task without the inertia & resistance from powerful forces within the health service. With it, the punitive culture of fear hampers even the first step of solving the problem; admitting there is one. 2/6
On the possible unannounced industrial action by Gov HCWs, many wud cry foul with "even at the cost blood on your hands?" they'd respond "what about the the hands whose our blood is dripping off? 3/6
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For the first time in my life I felt unsafe doing #GOTV & got personally targeted & my photo posted on a QAnon type site.

More appalling was how many on #healthcare & #academia, if you are connected on social media like FB, are pro-violence & anti-rule of law & support J6.
If you are a Black, immigrant, LGBTQ, chronic illness, Muslim, etc person, patient, #HCW, teacher, heck yeah, is scary

Thing is those who have been safely tucked in cocoon of suburbia, worried about junior making the cut for the bball team
now feels suddenly scary

Us: not new
We *need* the ppl who typically enjoy more safety to step up. It feels “ick” to report, like you are an informant in Nazi Germany or something, but it is opposite: being “nice” & “not controversial” & “let’s all get along”
➡️empowers bullies

Be a true ally
Not bully ally

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When will we admit that “clash of civilizations” of Islamophobia narrative is not only false but dangerous. “War on Terror”=waging war vs Muslims but #J6 & #BuffaloMassacre reveal terror is not one religion. When Muslims are “legit” targets…that supremacist hate spreads further. ImageImageImageImage
Who was it “okay” to torture? (assumed is a terrorist?) Whose civil liberties disappeared 20 years ago? Muslims.

“But you all ‘deserve’ it” we’ve heard &: Why didn’t you stop terrorism? Why haven’t you apologized about x & y?

Now: consequences of that…
The “Great Replacement” is an extension of “Clash of Civilizations” that conflict/war is “inevitable” between “different” humans defined by race or religion. It dehumanizes some humans as “less than” or “threat.” Once you label as such, violence follows.…
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This 👇👇👇 (h/t @joemd)

Also, at midcareer female success is threatening to men our age AND to younger men who rely on patriarchal patronage systems. Women, overpoliced by the system, then, yes, are tougher bosses AND we *do* tend to adhere more closely to ethics.

I do do all:
On #MedTwitter there is a pattern of “callouts”, yes vs all genders & ages, but also pattern of misogyny and misogynoir. It happens towards nurses & doctors alike. One of the reasons I connected with @ShrimpBrokkoli is because I saw a yt male resident ridiculing her online.
I saw that behavior being taught by NON-clinical faculty & that REALLY crossed a line.
If you are a woman + nurse + frontline + Black/WOC, you already live with so much violence towards you. Added online made up drama from a trainee vs nurse?
No, no, & no.…
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This is happening in U.S. & U.K. Once I got to the management & C-suite, especially in #NYC, I was unwilling to send #HCW into unsafe spaces to be injured or die.

@drbreenheroes this is the crux of the issue. “#Mentalhealth” is really #moralinjury from #ethics violated.
The frontline is disproportionately POC, women. Those making guidelines or in C-suite are able to protect themselves. Leadership manipulates data/definitions, then shames, gaslights. Non-clinicians hired to override #HCW with “opinion.” Those at frontline who speak up: fired.
Who is among these flags (& whose loved ones)? It is not those pushing out pre-prints or on TV nor those safely behind a screen from a second home. It is those at the frontline, working without support, protection, or even without pay (some hospitals asking docs to volunteer).
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This is what targeted racial harassment looks like: nitpicking things like “smiled” or “wore clothes like a celebrity, as a celebrity” or “bought cookware.” It is part of the “gold digger” narrative.
This is common in #healthcare#professionalism” where there is hazing & bullying by racist &/or classist made up non-rules lacking standards…yet people are called “breaking the rules.”

It’s exactly how bullies operate: double standards, mislabel/smear, exclude, marginalize.
In the U.K., “BAME” includes the formerly colonized, thus making race constructs or power different from U.S. as latter had race-based chattel slavery.

Thing is, those formerly colonized have many who have internalized self hate & racism.…
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This makes me so 🤢

The idea that women are automatically “safe” is exactly what creates this “opportunity” for some women to exploit children & monetize their “optics” of “trustworthy” on behalf of predators.

Gender does not predict ethics, integrity, safety.
Why does #GhislaineMaxwellTrial matter to #womeninSTEM?
⬇️federal funding
➡️private donors (Epstein)

“Socialites” open doors to elite spaces, including #academia #science #STEM
Women=“optics” & “reputation management” for these wealthy predator men…
These same connected women, often daughters of powerful businessmen

are on boards of #WomeninSTEM “empowerment” organizations or on #MeToo (TimesUp scandal)

the very women who are predators of young women are given access to women’s “safe spaces”? (!!!)…
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#antivaxx efforts now even use #deepfake

to target #refugee, Black, religious minority communities

like measles outbreak in Minnesota in 2019: Wakefield was flown in TO spread #misinformation & #disinformation

Now: online fake accounts/fake identities vs #VaccinesWork
What has #healthcare been doing meanwhile?

#Medbikini: Teach (male Asian) med students to make fake accounts to cyberstalk trainees’ personal Facebook for: bikini
or “being political” or “religious” (#BLM)

➡️“model minority” pipeline for “shadow faculty” vs Blck @ayshakhoury
#Medbikini #research got flak for men vs women

BUT was ALSO fake acct #surveillance vs #BLM like drove out @ayshakhoury @uche_blackstock @nhannahjones

While academia has ignored #vaccineequity
➡️ongoing #pandemic & deaths in marginalized targeted by #antivaxx

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He spent his life as a first responder when others needed him. When he had a heart attack on the job, system overwhelm meant no resources available for him.

This is betrayal.

We’ve been asking, pleading, negotiating, screaming for this not to happen.
Those #HCW who spoke up early on #safety? Fired.…
Maybe listen to the ones who care enough to speak up on REAL #safety issues rather then fire them.

The current #HCW correct dismissals over refusal of #VaccineMandate claim administrators are “bullies” because that HAS been true in past.…
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This 👇🏽👇🏿👇🏻 This is why #BLM exists & why “implicit bias” is not only real but it kills

Why, when you see it, say something, do something
The system changes not by sharing tweets & hashtags but actions & consequences & removal of toxicity from the system

Follow #BlackTwitter
Above #MedEd #TikTok improvement: #citeblackwomen who lead this work (not only utilized the savior mindset of Black & brown as victims) #Blackexcellence @citeblackwomen center Black women
Send #SoMe traffic to Black creators & activists. #healthcare…
Take #sharethemic initiative. It allowed #Blackexcellence to speak thru #influencer accounts to large followings for a day. I looked at before/after numbers, it did NOT drive any additional traffic to the actual accounts of those voices. Resurfacing this:
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A few thoughts on #Omicron and our healthcare system:

1️⃣ Our system is ALREADY overwhelmed- hundreds of thousands of people have been denied care and are waiting for critical procedures- the existing backlog will take YEARS to clear.
2️⃣ Triage IS occurring NOW - people are dying who have been unable to access care because the acute care systems is overwhelmed with #Covid. Thousands, yes thousands, of 🇨🇦’s have lost their lives for this reason.
3️⃣ Cancer screening has dropped by 25-35%- these people will show up eventually - they will be much sicker and will need more resources to treat them and their outcomes will be worse than they could have been.
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Those of us with immigrant backgrounds have NO idea what debt we owe these women for risking their lives so some of us can shop at Whole Foods with other suburban moms, then drive a Lexus home to ride on a Peloton, & think only our own hard work created this access to success.
Those of us who are Muslim have a partial experience of what it is like to be made the face of threat and danger and vilified.

…But “the West “still wants to “save” Muslim women… make us a token or mascot of saviorism & evidence of being a shining city on the hill.
In comparison, the black woman doesn’t have that opportunity to be paraded around as the most recent woman “saved” & celebrated - the tropes are universally harmful & exploitative/pejorative vs Black women in society/media + centuries of economic barriers/being exploited.
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"defendants…willfully destructed the evidence by deleting the webpages and social media accounts," Hanna wrote. "Plaintiffs cannot continue to be blindsided by the defendants by having to search for what evidence is being destroyed or altered”

LinkedIn is personal, not school’s
This is a really fascinating case as a lot of what I see happening in #MedTwitter (Twitter presence of the legal minefield that is #healthcare #MedEd, etc):

faculty, consultants, #hcw deleting content & accounts

My prior 🧵 on this & potential legal implications.
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A disgrace to patients and to the great majority of #HCW who desperately are supporting #MandatoryVaccination

Premier @fordnation you have mismanaged this file fully and completely!

So sad!

@l_stone @CBCAlerts #onpoli Image
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@HarvardHealth tells us how #COVID19 is spread. “Aerosols are emitted by a person infected with coronavirus when they talk, breathe, cough, or sneeze. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the virus.” #ph260720…
Do you know what an aerosol is? Choose the definition below:
1. A substance that is stored in a can
2. Tiny particles or droplets suspended in air
3. A chemical
#ph260720 #aerosoltransmission
Aerosol can be generated from coughing, sneezing, talking, breathing, and other sources (specifically in surgery) like burning of tissue and sawing of bones. #ph260720 #aerosoltransmission
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I lost my third #covid patient in less than a week, while working part time, in a rural area hospital that serves around 35k. Last I saw we have a #vaccination rate of 30%. I'm sitting here feeling numb, furious, exhausted, and... ashamed.
Ashamed because I realize some #HCWs have been at this since March 2020, losing multiple patients each day, and I'm wondering if I want to continue a path in #healthcare. I see headlines about 6 ICU nurses walking out in one day and can't blame them at all.
A close family friend is ending her prestigious career as an intensive care pharmacist in a world renown hospital to save her mental health. I've barely been in this 6 months and I'm so tired of knowing and seeing people die who could have avoided this.
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I work in a small, rural hospital. Stayed extra after my shift yesterday to shuffle beds, grab call lights, and answer phones while the ER dealt with 3 traumas and a full house after dozens of COVIDs all day. At one point the ER was bringing beds with people to clear bays..
in anticipation of the 3 rigs bringing people in. I never got the full situation, but when I walked out over an hour after my shift ended there were still several law enforcement vehicles there. At one point, the ER had asked my unit to prep a room for a body just for family to..
say goodbye. Meanwhile, that same ER staff had had dozens of COVID patients, way too young, they were trying to admit but I kept telling them we don't have beds or staff (we don't). I could hear the breathlessness and exhaustion in the ER staff when they called to say, "we'll...
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🔺3k workers (20-69 yrs) perished in #CdnPoli pandemic @CPHO_Canada. Hard to get good official #OSH info . Using #ONpoli @WSIB injury reports & PHU data from
@TOPublicHealth &
to estimate where fatalities might b . #TOpoli #PaidLeave #SickPlan #COVIDZero Image
#Pandemic #ONpoli work hotspots inc warehouse, transport, health, #OntEd, manu, construction, stores & offices. Adj fatalities for #excessdeath as per @MoriartyLab . #DayOfMourning @FredHahnCUPE @HarveyBischof @ETFOpresident @aefopresidence @OECTAProv @SharleenStewart @FolkDawson Image
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#MedTwitter influencers show hypocrisy (advice vs actions on masks). Agree:

“unpleasant comments are ‘the nature of social media’ and holding public figures accountable is critical when they are setting an example for their ‘millions of followers.’”…
#tweetiatrician have even gotten death threats for pro-#vaccine #SciComm - most #MedTwitter influencers did nothing to protect vs these personal safety threats to #clinician & #doctor colleagues

@ZDoggMD & @DrToddWo did step up to help @NicoleB_MD…
Compare above to Dr. Mike:
when medical influencers are “caught”

adds to public perception:
“doctors cannot be trusted”

“Another fan posted on Reddit: ‘I know it's your life and you can do what you want, but you have chosen to be a public figure.’”…
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I hd Covid n was admitted for 6 days. This picture will stay with me. For the ones reading this tweet- they are humans too! As a mental health professional I couldn't help but be there for them. Follow the thread .. #COVIDSecondWave #COVID19 #COVID
I asked a nurse on duty - how long have you been doing this?
She said Since Covid hit. I hv a son who stays with my parents. For the first few months of Covid I stayed in the hostel. I didnt go home. Now he has exams, so I finish my duty..go home teach
him.....My husband works in the gulf. He is coming home after 4 years. I want to go to the airport to receive him but can't. She is a mother , a wife n a daughter.
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In light of the Boston police Union leader child abuse, this is very plausible, even probable. I have 2x, on behalf of someone else, reported, via Title IX - the woman or gay man was not feeling safe enuf to report. Yes, there is blowback when one reports. But we can’t be silent.
I am a mandated reporter as a #pediatrician. I *must* report for my patients or face legal consequences. Am same for staff, students, trainees. But in #EmergencyMedicine who do I call if a child may be unsafe at home? Sometimes, cops. Are cops safe?…
I have seen #mentalhealth and entire life paths destroyed by abusers preying on children like: This happened to too many people I know. I have seen institutions intimidate, mislabel, bury stories of the victims. (Some predators wait until 18th birthday.)…
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Collaboration with @Dolores_McKeen
"Supporting Vulnerable Physicians during COVID19"
@CJA_Journal @CASUpdate

@CMA_Docs endorsed @CASUpdate Statement accompanies :

A Thread
Risk estimates for infection, hospitalization and mortality during #COVID19.
#HealthCareWorkers with or caring-for someone with these conditions at higher risk are #shielding
Picture courtesy: @EricTopol | @TheEconomist

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@JillianHortonMD shares this eloquently. 🙏🏽
[heroism] vs. [martyrdom]
"I never expected that COVID would help me understand the line between those two things. It was hard to define, but when I drew it, I knew it."

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Until we are all safe, no one is safe. Covid is a global problem ⁦…
It is reasonable & understandable for countries to roll out vaccines to vulnerable people & #HCW within country. But at the same time ensure that vaccines are made available urgently & equitably globally through ACT-A, @WHO, @GAVI & @CEPIvaccines
That needs intense planning, manufacturing at scale, trust, communication, logistics, people & teams, regulation, approvals, cold chains. That does not happen overnight. Urgent planning now for when vaccines are available is crucial.
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World needs to know. A text this evening from colleague in middle income country. "We have a disaster here. Hospitals overwhelmed, critical oxygen shortages, soaring COVID numbers. New variant SARS- COV-2 highly transmissible"
"Know vaccines not magic bullet but are critical part of pandemic response. We need them now. #HCW exhausted, on their knees. Need vaccine urgently & are watching in despair as vaccines rolled out across parts of world. Need global access for vaccines."
"We are facing a humanitarian disaster. Please do what you can to change this now"
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