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OIG report outlines hospital strategies for meeting EM prep challenges

by A.J. Plunkett (

If you are still preparing for a major onslaught of suspected COVID-19 patients or expect another in the fall, review your plans against the strategies hospitals already have employed to deal with supply and personnel challenges, as outlined in an HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released April 6.

In a National Pulse Survey conducted with hospital administrators nationwide the last full week of March, hospitals confirmed the much-reported challenges obtaining adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other medical supplies, as well as timely results in COVID-19 testing.

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