26 States Will Soon Face Shortages of ICU Doctors

August 13, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 14, 2020

According to an article published by ABC News, researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health found that twenty six states will soon face shortages in health care workers needed to treat patients with COVID-19. There are projected shortages this month in doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists. This stark prediction brings back recent memories of workforce shortages in New York City when healthcare workers from all over the country answered the call to action.

“These highly trained doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists all work together to provide potentially life-saving care to COVID-19 and other seriously ill patients,” said Patricia Pittman, PhD, director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the Milken Institute. “At a time when COVID-19 continues to surge in the United States,” she added, “our current analysis shows that most states are at risk of running low on these critical healthcare workers.”

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