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Published by The Hill.com, this article shed light on the concerns shared by Researchers from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health determined that 26 states risk not having enough ICU doctors to treat patients, including those with COVID-19. Read full article here
Last week, the researchers’ State Hospital Workforce Deficit Estimator, used to track each state’s health care workforce numbers, said that five states were facing shortages.
The workforce deficit estimator shows that seven states risk running low on doctors trained to work in hospitals, nine may risk shortages for respiratory therapists and six may not have enough pharmacists.
“At a time when COVID-19 continues to surge in the United States, our current analysis shows that most states are at risk of running low on these critical healthcare workers,” Patricia Pittman, the director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the Milken Institute, told ABC News.
Most states will face a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) doctors as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the U.S., according to research released this week. Researchers from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health determined that 26 states risk not having enough ICU doctors to treat patients, including those with COVID-19. Read more.
Researchers at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health found that the majority of states are now at risk for shortages in healthcare workers needed to treat critically ill patients, including those with COVID-19. This week’s report shows alarming projected shortages over last week in doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists.
Dr. Patricia Pittman, the director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the Milken Institute was quoted on The abc NEWS article:
“These highly trained doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists all work together to provide potentially life-saving care to COVID-19 and other seriously ill patients,”
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