With Labor Day being Monday, the unofficial end of summer is quickly approaching. As we honor all those who work so hard, you may have plans to kick-back and celebrate over the weekend with fireworks, barbecues, picnics at the park, or some fun in the sun; however, holidays such as this are also time for higher traffic at urgent cares, hospitals, and emergency rooms across the country. Dehydration, sun and food poisoning, and rapid alcohol consumption are just a few common culprits causing the rise in admissions during the summer holiday season.
When faced with far more patients than it can accommodate, emergency rooms may be forced to board patients or request temporary ambulance diversion. Neither of these options are ideal and can result in higher wait times and overall health complications. Quality care and patient satisfaction are compromised, costs and wait times are higher, and community trust is threatened. According to the Master of Health Administration from the George Washington University, being admitted to the hospital when the ER is overcrowded increases the risk of a patient dying before being discharged, and prolonged boarding of critically ill patients can cause a delay in treatments, leading to poor recovery outcomes.
For these reasons, facilities in greater need of providers often turn to locum tenens for relief. Locum tenens can aid facilities in need by temporarily providing qualified physicians and mid-levels to assist in providing excellent patient care, while decreasing wait times and relieving overcrowded waiting rooms.
As a locum tenens provider, keep Labor Day and future holidays in mind when filling your schedule. If you are a facility in need of coverage, please click here, or if you are a physician in search of an assignment, please click here.