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Getting ahead of the surge

For guidance on how to align supplies, medical personnel and clinical operations with the different stages of COVID-19

Frederick Hensel

Frederick Hensel

Principal, Advisory | Supply Chain & Operations, KPMG US

+1 412-232-1568

As healthcare organizations manage the influx of patients with COVID-19, they are challenged by critical supply shortages, lack of logistical management of medical personnel, and difficulties streamlining the ever-increasing flow of patients.  Whether health systems find themselves in the pre-surge, surge, or post-surge phase of this public health crisis, they should use predictive analytics and utilize stringent governance of controls to support their workforce, supply and clinical needs.  To this end, our latest thought leadership piece – Getting Ahead of the Surge – outlines recommended steps organizations can take.  For example:

  • In the pre-surge stage, aggregate supplies at a central distribution center and postpone delivery of supplies to critical areas until a surge of patients is imminent.
  • As RNs care for critically ill patients, fill temporary assignments with ICU RNs and RNs cross-trained to take on less severe COVID-19 cases. 
  • Apply established care coordination principles, such as holding daily multi-disciplinary rounds for each patient to develop a daily plan and discuss anticipated length of stay, using virtual care for post-hospitalization monitoring, and filling medication prescriptions within the hospital.

For more detailed guidance on how to align supplies, medical personnel and clinical operations with the different stages of COVID-19, please click here.


 

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