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Navigating the Summer Surge: How Hospitals Can Prepare for Increased Patient Volume

May 12, 2023

Summer is often seen as a time of leisure and relaxation, but for hospitals, it can be one of the busiest times of the year. With seasonal illnesses, elective procedures and increased tourism, hospitals often experience a surge in patient volume during the summer months. This increase, coupled with staff vacations, can leave hospitals struggling to maintain adequate staffing levels. It's essential that hospitals have a plan in place to address these challenges and ensure that your hospital is prepared to handle increased census during the summer months.

Here are five reasons why hospital census increases during the summer months and how partnering with Fastaff Travel Nursing can help you manage these challenges:

  1. Trauma Cases Increase During Summer Months
    With summer comes an increase in outdoor activities, which can lead to more accidents and injuries. Trauma cases often require specialized care and can put a strain on hospital resources. Fastaff provides experienced trauma nurses who can quickly fill staffing gaps and ensure that patients receive the care they need.

  2. Seasonal Illnesses
    Summer brings ailments like allergies and respiratory infections requiring specialized care. Fastaff offers skilled nurses with experience in respiratory therapy and infection control to help manage these cases.

  3. Elective Procedures Increase During Summer
    Warmer weather and longer days can lead patients to schedule elective procedures. These procedures can be complex and require specialized nursing care. Fastaff offers nurses with expertise in a wide range of specialties, including surgical services and critical care.

  4. Tourism Drives Up Patient Volume
    Hospitals in popular tourist destinations experience higher patient influx during summer months. Fastaff can quickly deploy nurses to these hospitals to help manage the increased patient volume.

  5. Core Staff Vacations Lead to Staffing Shortages
    Many healthcare workers take vacations during the summer months, leading to staffing shortages in hospitals. Fastaff provides flexible staffing options, including short-term and long-term contracts, to help hospitals manage these shortages.

Partnering with Fastaff can help hospitals manage the challenges of increased census during the summer months. Our experienced Rapid Response® nurses can quickly fill staffing gaps, provide quality patient care and ensure hospitals are prepared for unexpected staffing shortages and patient surges. With flexible staffing options and expertise in a wide range of specialties, Fastaff is an essential partner for hospitals looking to manage increased census during the summer months.

In conclusion, summer brings unique challenges for hospitals, including increased patient volume and staffing shortages. To address these challenges, hospitals must have a plan in place to ensure that quality patient care is maintained. Fastaff provides hospitals with the experienced nurses they need to manage these challenges, including seasonal illnesses, elective procedures, tourist traffic and trauma cases. With flexible staffing options and a commitment to quality patient care, Fastaff is the ideal partner for hospitals looking to manage increased census during the summer months.

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