Patricia Pittman, director of the Mullan Institute of Health, was quoted in this recent Reuters article addressing Hospital ICUs leaning on telemedicine amid the pandemic. Read the full article here.
"Even if beds were available, qualified staff are hard to find. It’s estimated that 43 states, including South Carolina, face a shortage of highly trained ICU doctors, known as intensivists, according to researchers at George Washington University. These shortages may worsen with hospitalizations in many states predicted to peak this fall, when the coronavirus mixes with flu season, according to Patricia Pittman, director of the university’s Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity."
(Reuters) - As the coronavirus pandemic spreads deeper into America’s small towns and rural outposts, Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom has seen familiar faces fill her intensive-care unit in Camden, South Carolina.
A native of this hamlet of 7,000 people, Holmstrom saw its ICU threatened with closure in recent years as specialists departed for bigger cities. Now faraway doctors are helping treat the community’s COVID-19 patients, thanks to technology.
KershawHealth, the local hospital, installed cameras and other equipment for 24-hour monitoring by a company that employs doctors and nurses remotely. Sitting in cubicles in St. Louis, Houston and Honolulu, as well as other countries including Israel and India, these medical workers watch patients’ vital signs on computer screens and talk to local staff on two-way video about medications and treatments. KershawHealth employees can summon emergency help from these teleworkers by hitting a button on the wall.
The Mullan Institute and Dr. Patricia Pittman were quoted in the article.
George Washington University Public Health/Medical Experts Available for Media Interviews on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public health experts predict the United States may be headed for thousands of new COVID-19 cases and deaths this winter, a surge that is already straining health care systems around the country. The George Washington University has the following experts available to talk about a variety of aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patricia Pittman (PhD), director of the Mullan Institute of Health, was mentioned in the GW University Online News Source, read it here.
The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity was cited in an article in this Teaching and Learning in Nursing article by Kathleen Gravens PhD, RN and Sharon Goldfarb DNP, RN, FNP-BC.
Abstract: The Organization of Associate Degree Nursing has declared Advancing the Social Mission of Nursing as the major theme for the year (Meyer, 2020). Nursing's historic roots are embedded in social mission. Social mission encompasses the social determinants of health, which are a major factor impacting health outcomes. In order to effectively prepare associate degree nursing graduates to address issues related to health equity, nurse educators should re-examine the core purpose of nursing education to ensure inclusion of social mission.
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The Mullan Institute's Contact Tracer Estimator Tool was mentioned in a Wired article by Gregory Barber and Will Knight.
Researchers at George Washington University estimate that many states have fewer contact tracers than they need. California, for example, needs more than 30,000 contact tracers to keep up with the virus’s spread, according to the researchers. An NPR survey last month found the state had less than a third of that number.
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