Covid-19 is placing extraordinary strain on health care organizations, even compared to the surges we saw earlier this year. Previously, much of the strain was due to PPE and ventilator shortages. Now, more and more organizations are facing unprecedented staffing challenges, particularly among nurses, physicians, and respiratory therapists. With access to contract labor increasingly limited, clinical leadership teams are evaluating all options to sustain operations while responding to continued Covid-19 pressures.
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Listed below are Advisory Board resources that we have inventoried or developed over the past few months to assist with maximizing operational capacity. Many of you may have seen some of these resources already. However, to help you, we have pulled everything together into one list for you and your teams to review. Beyond many examples of interdisciplinary staffing models, PPE considerations, emotional support, HR policies, and cross-site floating strategies, we have also included several resources regarding how to offload acute care volumes through partnerships with post-acute and expanded telehealth.
We will continue to highlight more strategies as we learn more. In the meantime, please email us at NEC@advisory.com with questions or suggestions.
Throughout the epidemic, telehealth has enabled providers to create capacity and ensure continuity of care for non-emergent patients, while providing a high-quality patient experience.
Several hospitals have adopted new care models that scale key expertise to increase Covid-19 acute capacity.
Rethink your post-acute care strategy to safely and effectively discharge inpatients and create acute care capacity.
See examples of how UW Medicine, Ochsner Health, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, and WellSpan Health leveraged—and in some cases created—post-acute care to meet surge demand.
Frontline staff are being pushed to the physical and emotional brink, including: working longer hours under more strenuous conditions, cross training and caring for patients in new ways, and dealing with an increasing concern for safety. Organizations must double down on support for staff, particularly during this winter surge.
Staff need to know they have the proper equipment to safely care for patients. But as resources grow scarce you may need creative solutions to source and ration PPE—and how to talk about it with your staff.
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