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Oct 6, 2022

Healthcare staff shortages, while not new, have spawned a world today where it can take five hours to get an X-ray for a dislocated elbow and another two to get pain medication for the injury. Ambulances sometimes wait eight hours to drop off a patient, and nurses work 12- to 16-hour shifts, without a break.

About 400,000 healthcare workers have left jobs since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to recent estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Throughout the pandemic, hospitals have had to implement creative approaches to soften staffing shortages. Medical device companies have also gotten innovative. Single-use endoscopes, for example, can help address staffing shortages.

They’re always available. And unlike traditional endoscopes, they don’t require extensive staffing — for preparation, transport, reprocessing, and often direct procedure support. They can be simply used once and discarded.

This dovetails with efforts by hospital administrators to alleviate workflow burdens on healthcare professionals.

These challenges and more were explored as part of a virtual session sponsored by Ambu during Becker’s Hospital Review’s 12th Annual Meeting. We’re highlighting part of that conversation here in this episode of Endoscopy Insights.

Here are the experts you’ll hear from:

  • Karen Conway, vice president, healthcare value, GHX
  • Brian Howard, director, contract services, Vizient
  • Karen Niven, director, performance groups, Premier
  • India D. Randerson, vice president, strategic sourcing and procurement to payment, Henry Ford Health
  • Steering the conversation is Wes Scruggs, Ambu’s vice president of corporate accounts

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