Temporary workers are on the way to assist Texas hospitals with staff burnout.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more healthcare workers are needed now than ever. Although cases in Texas were stabilizing and mask mandates were dropped, the prevalence of the Delta variant has only increased the number of COVID-positive cases.
Currently, there is a shortage of hospital beds, accompanied by groups of burnt-out healthcare workers who are begging for relief.
According to the Texas Tribune, Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, President and CEO of Harris Health System, said hospitals were at their breaking point before he discovered 100 temporary medical workers were on the way to relieve overworked staff.
As cases began to spike, hospitals saw an influx in children and pregnant women who suffered complications due to COVID-19. Patients who needed intensive care were left to wait in the emergency room for ICU beds to become available.
Porsa noted nurses, respiratory therapists, and other staff “definitely arrived here at a pivotal moment. They did exactly what I had hoped that they would do, which is allowing us the opportunity of a couple of things: to provide a little bit of relief for front-line staff who have been running around ragged, but also created an opportunity for us to expand our capacity.”
Hospitals have seen a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and hospitals have looked to the state to help mitigate their staffing needs. A total of 89 Texas hospitals dealt with having no available ICU beds, as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gov. Greg Abbott stated the Texas Department of State Health Services planned to deploy state-funded relief workers to hospitals, with a total of 8,100 already in place or expected to arrive soon.
This is the second time the state has made this decision. The first came when the winter storm hit and about 14,000 medical workers were deployed across Texas. Between July 2020 and this past August, $5 billion were allocated towards federal disaster and coronavirus relief funds.
The decision to deploy more healthcare workers will not only provide relief for overworked nurses and doctors but will also give patients the care they need. We applaud this innovative decision and are thinking of the millions of people being affected by COVID-19 every day.
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