The impending influenza season is on the minds of healthcare executives, with everyone wondering what may happen with the collision of the COVID-19 pandemic with the flu this winter. Given the potential of a patient caseload for seasonal flu running concurrently with the COVID-19 caseload, healthcare organizations will need to plan for a significant strain on the operational and staffing functions. Further, the two diseases may even result in a multiplier effect as the population most at risk of complications from seasonal flu are also those at highest risk from COVID-19.
As a trusted healthcare staffing partner to health systems and facilities around the country, Cross Country Healthcare has conducted a recent survey of healthcare executives to uncover strategies to prepare for such an event. In fact, 83% of respondents said it is extremely/highly likely that another surge capacity crisis will happen with the potential of COVID-19 and influenza cases occurring simultaneously.
The bottom line is this year’s flu season could quickly turn into a very challenging situation for our country's healthcare system. The critical need to plan now for a demanding, prolonged, and complex patient care event cannot be overlooked or underestimated. Download our report to learn more about how facilities and systems are preparing for this potential perfect storm.
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