HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has begun working to spice up the variety of hospital beds and manage “strike groups” of additional healthcare staff for hospitals and nursing properties battling surging COVID-19-related caseloads and staffing shortages, Gov. Tom Wolf’s workplace mentioned Friday.
The Pennsylvania Division of Well being and Pennsylvania Emergency Administration Company are coordinating the endeavor after getting requests for assist, Wolf’s workplace mentioned.
The plans contain including hospital beds inside areas for 60 days to soak up sufferers from swamped hospitals. Further medical help employees are to incorporate physicians, respiratory therapists and registered nurses, Wolf’s workplace mentioned.
Different employees might be despatched on to hospitals in want over the following three months. Sure nursing properties additionally will get extra beds, registered nurses and aides to permit hospitals within the space to extra shortly discharge sufferers in want of long-term rehab or care.
Wolf’s workplace gave no timelines as to when hospitals can count on the assistance.
The transfer comes after three federal “strike groups” went to Scranton Regional Hospital and WellSpan York in latest days to open 30 hospital beds for a month.
Hospitals and nursing properties statewide have been sounding the alarm in latest weeks as largely unvaccinated COVID-19 sufferers fill hospital beds.
That has despatched some acute-care services over capability, jammed some emergency rooms and compelled nursing properties to cease accepting new residents.
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