Countries all around the world already had shortages of doctors and medical staff even before coronavirus pandemic occurred. But having shortages of healthcare workers during a full-blown pandemic can mean a situation of life and death. To fill these empty gaps, administrators all over the world are calling retired medical professionals back to work, bringing in medical students to volunteer, and collaborating with military, social workers and police to stretch the overall workforce. Healthcare delivery during crisis becomes strained and difficult to manage. So the hospitals are shifting their focus towards options of administration that will help to handle this pandemic.
Most of the governments are adopting initiatives such as dividing the workload among all the present workers, widely and increasingly using digital services and taking help from other countries. In Germany and the USA, there is a dangerous shortage of nurses so these countries are trying to get help from Russia, Ukraine, and countries in this situation. But it is not that easy to quickly cover all the hospitals by a few numbers of recruits. A newly formed health corps to increase the workforce in California has gathered more than 70,000 registrations from all types of “underemployed” medical professionals. The U.S. military is benefiting through another injection of medical manpower. Last week, three hundred soldiers from an army unit in Fort Carson, Colorado, landed in Seattle to set up a 250-bed hospital in the football stadium of Seattle Seahawks, and a Navy hospital ship docked in New York City. Their goal is to take care of patients in quarantine and with symptoms but without COVID-19 outside the hospitals so that free hospital beds are available for those with symptoms.
Not all people with symptoms and viruses can be admitted into hospitals so primary-care monitoring and home care through telehealth and strict quarantine rules are done for healthcare delivery during crisis. To keep energy run-out and stress away from healthcare workers, they being asked to rotate shifts in different units such as transplant ICUs to respiratory care.
Telemedicine and digital tools are helping to check ad treat mild cases without having to actually visit the hospitals, this not only saves time of doctors but also eliminates the risk of transmission. Clinicians and experts are using artificial intelligence to help predict the spread of disease, introduce rapid testing techniques and develop new approaches to contact tracing. As the pandemic continues, many innovations to support healthcare delivery during the crisis are coming from creative people. And these innovations will not only help to tackle the virus but also they will be used as a foundation for the future framework of healthcare.