The Impact of COVID-19 on Hospital Resources

The Impact of COVID-19 on Hospital Resources

March 11, 2021

 

 

Healthcare professionals are often described as the heroes of the COVID-19 crisis.

For more than a year, they have shown a remarkable resilience. Under extreme duress, they have expanded their skill repertoire and stretched their own physical and emotional limits to provide complex and compassionate care. The article underscores the difficulty of formulating capacity plans to  respond quickly and effectively to successive surges in demand while normal revenue streams are constrained.

 


Video Spotlight: Burnout in the ICU


This post is based on The New York Times article, See How Covid-19 Has Tested the Limits of Hospitals and Staff, by J. Keefe, Y. Parshina-Kottas, & S. Fink, February 23, 2021, and the YouTube video, COVID-19: Doctors and Nurses Talk about Burnout as Another Wave Hits U.S., by TIME, November 23, 2020. Image source: Chaikom/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. Describe the capacity plans needed to deal with sudden increases in demand volume and mix?

Guidance: To overcome the increased utilization of ICUs around the country, new areas have been repurposed and can accommodate COVID-19 patients. The staffing of these expanded ICUs has been more challenging. ICU care requires specialized personnel. As a result, pulling Continue reading

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Decarbonizing with Renewable Natural Gas

Decarbonizing with Renewable Natural Gas

March 9, 2021

Can gas companies play a role in the pursuit of net-zero emissions? They are trying.

Fossil fuel companies are well aware that the growing appeal of net-zero carbon emissions to businesses, governments, and individuals around the world threatens their very own existence. Fighting for their survival, some gas companies have decided to join the movement rather than resist it. They are exploring various options to produce a carbon-neutral mixture of renewable gas. As major companies like Intel and Walmart transition to cleaner energy, there is a sense of urgency among these companies to partner with other clean energy producers and remain relevant in a net-zero emissions economy.

 


Video Spotlight: Renewable Gas


This post is based on the NPR article, Natural Gas Companies Have Their Own Plans to Go Low-Carbon, by C. Profita, February 21, 2021, and the YouTube video, Digesting the Facts about Renewable Natural Gas, by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), July 13, 2018. Image source: McGraw-Hill Education.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the threats to and opportunities for the development of carbon-neutral mixtures of renewable gas?

Guidance: The opportunities include: 1) the availability of other products and technologies that make this development Continue reading

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Fixing the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Problem

Fixing the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Problem

March 5, 2021

 

Frustrated about not having an appointment yet? You have company!

Millions of people have been trying to secure an appointment, and the process is both unnerving and confusing. Demand greatly outstrips supply, which calls for a well-organized system. Unfortunately, in several states, people rush to secure scarce appointments online, either causing the systems to crash or forcing them to refresh their screens continuously until a new appointment opens up. Yet, some states lead in vaccination rates thanks to efficient, one-stop pre-registration systems and coordination with vaccination providers.

 


Video Spotlight: One-Stop, Pre-Registration Site in New Mexico


This post is based on The Conversation article, How to Really Fix COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling, by T. Dai, February 22, 2021, and the YouTube video, Covid-19 Vaccine Trackers Show New Mexico Rollout Among the Fastest , by KRQE, January 21, 2021. Image source: Rawpixel.com / Sutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the factors contributing to people’s anxiety about securing an appointment?

Guidance: The factors listed in the article include: 1) the high demand relative to supply, 2) the lack of efficient, one-stop pre-registration in many states, and 3) the existence of multiple vaccination providers, each with its own Continue reading

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