By Koren Axelrod
While COVID-19 has brought many new challenges to transplant centers, staffing is one that has existed long before the pandemic.
When caring for a complex—and increasing—patient population, limited budgets combined with high turnover rates have always been top concerns for transplant center administrators.
In the past several years, many things have increased the demands on an already over-burdened transplant center staff, including:
- Increased regulatory requirements
- Caring for sicker patients
- Use of more marginal organs
This situation has been made even more difficult by the pandemic; calls and questions from patients seeking clinical advice on things like the COVID-19 vaccine have soared.
At the same time, hospitals need to:
- Encourage non-patient facing staff to work from home when possible
- Staff screening stations at patient entrances
- Administer vaccines in public clinics depleting already limited transplant center resources