Recent Study Presents Strategies for Managing Critical Care Surge in U.S. Hospitals
Posted on April 10, 2020
As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to place serious tensions on the country’s medical system, hospitals and health systems are forced to analyze their resources to make sure supplies are being used to care for the most critical patients suffering from the virus. For hospitals and health systems to adequately respond to the projected increase in critical care needs for patients suffering from COVID-19, hospitals must not only maximize resources but staff and space as well.
In an effort to identify strategies for increasing critical care capacity in hospitals and health systems, a team of researchers for the RAND Corporation has recently published two papers focusing on how to assess care issues regarding staff, space and resources in care facilities and identify the most effective strategies to address those issues. The first article, Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States, discusses the timeline of key events in the COVID-19 outbreak, essential components of critical care capacity, strategies to create critical care surge capacities, ways of assessing critical care capacity based on surge strategies, concluded with recommendations for next steps. The second article, RAND Critical Care Surge Response Tool, serves as a user guide and tool for how hospitals and health systems can implement this in their COVID-19 response strategies.
Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc, senior physician policy researcher at RAND and emergency physician and associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan served as one of the lead authors on the papers. Members with any questions regarding the research or how to utilize the user guide and tool should contact Dr. Abir.
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