A new Rapid Expert Consultation from the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats outlines considerations for clinical staffing needs during the implementation of Crisis Standards of Care (CSC), including adjusting staff responsibilities, providing “hazard pay” to staff, ensuring adequate time off, offering child care and other benefits, and leveraging health care coalitions to ensure appropriate transfer of patients between hospitals. The rapid expert consultation says health care systems should consider a number of staffing strategies, including moving clinical staff from lesser-affected regions or from one facility to another; adjusting the ratio of critical care nurses to patients; using local and national contract agencies for short-term support; and tailoring the job responsibilities of existing staff.
The National Academies will host several webinar offerings to brief stakeholders on the consultation document and provide an opportunity for Q&A.
Webinar 1: Friday, July 31, 2020, 3:30-4:30PM ET
Webinar 2: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 3:30-4:30PM ET
Webinar 3: Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 4:00-5:00PM ET
Harvey Fineberg (Standing Committee Chair)
John L. Hick (Standing Committee Member and Consultation Author)
Dan Hanfling (Consultation Author)