Strategies for COVID-19 staffing shortages from 8 hospital

Chad Lefteris. CEO of UC Irvine Health: One of the best ways to ensure patients receive the care they need is to reduce the chances a healthcare worker gets sick in the first place or transmits the virus to others. Our epidemiology and infection prevention team makes an enormous effort to provide timely and comprehensive guidance that staff needs to protect themselves. We also undertook a change in our culture by encouraging staff and faculty to speak up if they see colleagues miss an opportunity to increase safety. We reinforced the message that everyone has the right to contribute to a safer work environment for other staff and patients.