May 25, 2022

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Nebraska Medicine activates ‘crisis standards of care’ plan

Nebraska Medicine announced Wednesday it is activating its ‘Crisis Standards of Care’ plan. The plan helps guide health care workers’ decisions when the demand for resources exceeds availability. The hospital system said the fast-spreading omicron variant combined with an already strained workforce led them to enact the plan. “Our leadership made the difficult decision to activate this plan today because our community’s demand for health care currently exceeds our available resources,” Kayla Thomas, senior media relations for Nebraska Medicine stated in a press release. So what does that mean for patients? Right now, Nebraska Medicine said it is currently in ‘stage one’ of the plan. That means surgeries may be postponed, patient transfers may be denied, clinical trials may be paused, appointments may be rescheduled or fewer may be available, and you may find medical students or other staff being used as support personnel. The hospital said it hopes it can stop at stage one in the crisis continuum and not have to make the more difficult decisions that come later. As of Thursday, CHI Health is not enacting the Crisis Standards of Care. “We are in contingency care, which means we adapt daily to patients, staffing and bed availability,” CHI Health said in a statement.CHI Health reported 379 employees currently tested positive for COVID-19 or quarantining.

Nebraska Medicine announced Wednesday it is activating its ‘Crisis Standards of Care’ plan.

The plan helps guide health care workers’ decisions when the demand for resources exceeds availability.

The hospital system said the fast-spreading omicron variant combined with an already strained workforce led them to enact the plan.

“Our leadership made the difficult decision to activate this plan today because our community’s demand for health care currently exceeds our available resources,” Kayla Thomas, senior media relations for Nebraska Medicine stated in a press release.

So what does that mean for patients?

Right now, Nebraska Medicine said it is currently in ‘stage one’ of the plan.

That means surgeries may be postponed, patient transfers may be denied, clinical trials may be paused, appointments may be rescheduled or fewer may be available, and you may find medical students or other staff being used as support personnel.

The hospital said it hopes it can stop at stage one in the crisis continuum and not have to make the more difficult decisions that come later.

As of Thursday, CHI Health is not enacting the Crisis Standards of Care.

“We are in contingency care, which means we adapt daily to patients, staffing and bed availability,” CHI Health said in a statement.

CHI Health reported 379 employees currently tested positive for COVID-19 or quarantining.

https://www.ketv.com/article/nebraska-medicine-crisis-standards-care-plan/38757463