Leadership | 03.18.20
U.S. Hospitals Say Coronavirus School Closures Add to Staffing Pressure
Physician's Weekly (03/14/20) Beasley, Deena
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. hospitals are reaching out to temporary staff agencies and exploring other ways to maintain workforce levels as school closures add to the pressure on doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. "The biggest issue right now is we need to plan for a logarithmic increase in patient numbers," cautions Dr. Jason Persoff, assistant director of emergency preparedness at UCHealth, "It used to be you could have grandma and grandpa step in and watch the kids. But it turns out grandma and grandpa are the most vulnerable population for this virus." Colorado’s largest health system. He said UCHealth is making preparations now for as many as 20% of its regular staff not being able to work at one time or another throughout the outbreak.
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