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Health care institutions have struggled to manage the mental health and morale of their workers. Banners and mugs affirming resilience do little to address the mass exodus of workers, or the complexities introduced when veteran ICU workers depart.
A new study conducted via the U.S. Premier Healthcare Database revealed nearly one in every four Covid-19 deaths may be attributed to hospital strain related to case overload. The results exposed staggering mortality rates suggesting that, despite improvements in Covid-19 survival between March and August 2020, surges in hospital Covid-19 caseload remain detrimental to survival and potentially erode benefits gained from emerging treatments.
Exhausted health workers are shouldering the burden not only of the pandemic but the lack of structural reform.
Hospitals are testing a new nature-inspired take on the staff lounge. The good news for the rest of us: We can try it at home.
On a more hopeful note, children continue to represent a small percentage of those being hospitalized with COVID-19...
Covid-19 has been a paradox for US hospitals. They have been both overstretched in some departments, and rendered idle in others, and although in some cases they have seen increases in patient volume due to coronavirus outbreaks, they have by and large suffered significant financial losses.
One hospital being overwhelmed isn’t a one-hospital problem, it’s an every-hospital problem. Even if your community is not awash with Covid-19 or if most people are vaccinated, a major outbreak in your broader region, plus all the other patients hospitals are treating in normal times, could easily fill your hospital, too.
If people saw what they did every day, many workers in Covenant’s Covid ward said, they might behave differently.
“Unless you are up in that unit working side by side with me seeing the true devastation of the virus and what it physically does to the human body, how can you appreciate it? How?” said Jamie Vinson-Hunter, a respiratory therapist.
There’s a plausible future in which most of the U.S. enjoys a carefree spring, oblivious to the frayed state of the system they rely on to protect their health, and only realizing what has happened when they knock on its door and get no answer. This is the cost of two years spent prematurely pushing for a return to normal—the lack of a normal to return to.
Having killed more Americans than the Spanish Flu did in 1918, Covid-19 is officially the deadliest pandemic in U.S. history. The milestone is naturally dominating headlines as families, friends and caregivers of the virus’ more than 675,000 victims contend with unimaginable grief.
In all the uncertainty and emotion surrounding Covid-19, it’s easy to lose sight of — or become desensitized to — the fact that we remain in the throes of a different deadly crisis: the worsening opioid epidemic.
Full hospital wards have little effect on vaccine take-up.
To say that we’re on the brink of disaster offers hope that the people in charge can take steps to keep us from plunging toward an abyss. It suggests that the situation is at least temporarily sustainable, that maybe you can keep hunkering down and doing what you’ve been doing, and everything will be fine. But it is not sustainable, and it is not fine.
Rural health care systems entered the pandemic in already precarious financial positions. Over the years, shifting demographics, declining revenue and increasing operating expenses have made it harder for rural hospitals to stay in business. The pandemic has made it even more difficult.
About one in five health-care workers has left their job since the pandemic started. This is their story—and the story of those left behind.
Burnout, vaccine hesitancy, and plum traveling gigs are making it harder for hospitals to hire the nurses they need.
"This is the United States," Blendon says. "You don't expect people with serious illnesses to say they cannot be seen for care."
The resurgence of Covid-19 is again leading health care systems across the globe to brace themselves. And with deep scars from early in the pandemic, leaders are again calling on people to get vaccinated. One prominent reason they cite for vaccination is to protect hospitals and health care workers.
In the U.S., this message is not working.