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Staff Shortages Hit Hospitals

Associate Attorney
Grewal Law, PLLC
(855) 610-0503

Hospital staff shortages are causing at hospitals to close beds.  In Michigan, two of the largest health systems, Beaumont Health and Henry Ford Health System, have recently announced closure of a combined 300 beds, 180 and 120 respectively.

The national shortage of staff, in particular nursing, staff pre-existed the pandemic and has only exacerbated by Covid-19.  Nationally, demand for intensive care and emergency nurses increased 186% during 2020.  It comes due to a combined effect of early retirement/burn out and the increase demand for one to one patient care requiring specialized training to operate machines such as ECMO.

ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, oxygenates a patient’s blood outside then pumping it back in.  This machine is the highest level of life support available to patients as it basically functions as a heart and lung outside the body.  Patients receiving care on ECMO must receive one-on-one nursing care 24 hours a day and requires the most attention.  The labor-intensive process further pushes to high rate of burn-out amongst nurses and thereby forcing the cycle to repeat.

While some hospitals have taken the step to limit hospital beds, others are forcing nurses to far exceed the 1:1 requirement.  At a recent evening in a Metro-Detroit area hospital a nurse identified that the ICU department was so short staffed that they were on a 3:1 ratio, with several patients on ECMO machines and the entire Emergency Department was staffed with only 2 nurses.

One Comment

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    Cindy Witt

    So what you want to do is this: knowing FLU season is coming and there is a purported rise in Delta cases, is DEMAND your medical personnel get injected with something that has INCREDIBLE numbers of dead and permanently injured (neurological disorders, blood clots/strokes, increases of fast moving cancers, heart damage, etc, etc, etc)……and NOT expect that you will lose a SIGNIFICANT amount of those medical professionals who have actually WITNESSED vaccine damages done to those who were injected.

    Never been a conspiracy person……..however, NOONE with half a brain can watch what is going on in our country and worldwide and NOT see that a diabolical agenda is being fulfilled to destroy Western Countries and their economies.

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