Hospital Operations Expert Carri Chan on Freeing Up Beds During the COVID-19 Crisis
How hospitals are addressing capacity issues and how the public can help.
The flu vaccine was developed through open science, without any intellectual-property considerations. Imagine if we could do the same for COVID-19.
Sunny Grewal ’13 founded OMNY to help life sciences companies acquire the data they need to develop life-saving cures and let healthcare systems open new revenue streams.
Emergency departments (EDs) typically have multiple areas where patients of different acuity levels receive treatments. In practice, different areas often operate with fixed nurse staffing levels. When there are substantial imbalances in congestion among different areas, it could be beneficial to deviate from the original assignment and reassign nurses. However, reassignments typically are only feasible at the beginning of 8–12-h shifts, providing partial flexibility in adjusting staffing levels.
Equitable protocols to triage life-saving resources must be specified prior to shortages in order to promote transparency, trust and consistency. How well proposed utilitarian protocols perform to maximize lives saved is unknown. We aimed to estimate the survival rates that would be associated with implementation of the New York State 2015 guidelines for ventilator triage, and to compare them to a first-come-first-served triage method.