Mar 25, 2021 - Health

Hospitals still in "survival mode," inspector general report finds

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A year into the pandemic, hospitals say they're still in "survival mode," according to a new report from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general.

The big picture: Health care workers have had to deal with long hours, overwhelming patient volumes and supply shortages — all on top of a high risk of infection, and the isolation that we've all experienced.

Details: The report surveyed more than 300 hospitals nationwide from February 22-26 on the effects of the pandemic.

  • Hospitals said staff were "exhausted, mentally fatigued, and sometimes experiencing possible PTSD" due to long hours, more shifts, time away from family and increased responsibilities.
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