New Jersey hospitals signing advance staffing contracts to prepare for COVID-19 surge

As COVID-19 cases increase in many areas of the U.S., New Jersey medical facilities are signing advance agreements with staffing companies to get ready for the coming months, according to NJ Spotlight.

West Orange-based RWJBarnabas Health has actually developed its own “float swimming pool” of important care nurses and signed a supplier agreement for extra nurses, stated John Bonamo, MD, executive vice president and chief medical and quality officer, informed the publication.

The relocation by some acute care facilities is implied to ensure labor force challenges can be dealt with as needed to care for patients infected with the coronavirus.

Issue about sufficient staffing comes as New Jersey has actually seen a rise in COVID-19 cases. In the past week, the state has seen approximately 1,016 cases daily, up 54 percent from the typical 2 weeks prior, according to a New York Times database. On Oct. 20, the state reported more than 780 patients were hospitalized with either verified or likely COVID-19 infections, according to NJ Spotlight. Thats the highest virus client overall in more than 2 months.

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” Healthcare suppliers are taking the capacity for a 2nd wave really seriously. Its been a looming issue since the very start of the pandemic,” Kerry McKean Kelly, vice president of communications for the New Jersey Hospital Association, told NJ Spotlight.

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Issue about sufficient staffing comes as New Jersey has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases. On Oct. 20, the state reported more than 780 clients were hospitalized with either validated or likely COVID-19 infections, according to NJ Spotlight. Thats the highest virus client overall in more than two months.

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