By now your flu season preparation should already be in process, but there is still time to make necessary adjustments and plans before the annual viral outbreak arrives. Flu season presents multiple challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems, including an increase in patient volumes and inpatient census, combined with absentee staff members due to illness (flu). Additionally, the holiday season partially overlaps with flu season, and vacation schedules create additional challenges for healthcare and hospital administrators.
Below are a few tips for managing flu season this year, from our operations team.
Begin planning for flu season by reviewing the processes and procedures from previous years - what were some of the challenges that could be avoided this year with different plans?
Assess your current staff, vacation schedules, and projected patient volumes and census for the flu season.
Once you've reviewed all of the above, you can plan for this year with necessary adjustments. Additionally, review your policies and procedures for flu season.
Administrators often turn to locums firms for assistance during the flu season. However, physician moonlighters are a great resource for flu season as well. The advantages to utilizing moonlighters instead of locums, or in addition to locums / travel docs include:
“Most hospitals increase staffing during the flu season in anticipation of an influx of patients. They also need additional healthy workers to step in for sick employees, with temporary healthcare staffing agencies often used to fill in the breach.”
To learn more about how to ensure adequate staffing in time for flu season, contact your account manager today. If you are new to Moonlighting Solutions or are unsure of your contact person, please contact Mike Guenther directly at (908) 783.0678.