Omicron surge sweeps through US hospital staff | CIDRAP

Currently, about 24% of US hospitals report critical staffing shortages, the highest of the pandemic, and many facilities are starting to limit elective surgeries and consider crisis standards of care.

Colorado’s health department on Jan 7 reactivated its crisis standards of care for emergency medical services, due to many emergency medical service (EMS) staff out sick and a high demand for patient transports.

State officials last activated the EMS crisis standards of care in April 2020 when Colorado was among the first states affected in the nation’s first COVID-19 surge. In November, it reactivated crisis standards of care for staffing healthcare systems, allowing hospitals more flexibility in boosting staff to meeting increasing community medical needs.

Source: Omicron surge sweeps through US hospital staff | CIDRAP