The US state of Oregon has signed a contract with medical staffing company Jogan Health Solutions to deploy hospital crisis teams.
The move will help respond to the increase in Covid-19 hospitalisations fuelled by the Delta variant.
As part of the contract, a total of up to 500 health care personnel will be deployed to Central and Southern Oregon, in addition to long-term care facilities across the state.
Crisis response teams will be deployed at St. Charles Health System in Bend and Redmond areas, Asante hospitals in Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass.
Additionally, the teams will head to Providence-Medford Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.
They will receive support from up to 300 registered nurses in medical-surgical, emergency departments, and critical care.
Furthermore, the teams will be supported by 20 paramedics; 61 certified nursing assistants; 34 respiratory therapists; and five medical technicians.
If required, they will also be ready to shift to other hospitals.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said: “The deployment of crisis response teams should provide some welcome relief to our hospitals, particularly in Central and Southern Oregon, that are overwhelmed given the recent surge in hospitalisations among mostly unvaccinated individuals.
“The hospital crisis we are facing isn’t just about beds––it’s about having enough trained health care professionals to treat patients.
“I am so pleased that we will be able to provide these resources to help our hospitals and long-term care facilities meet increased demand and can continue to provide vital health care to Oregonians.”
Oregon has also contracted with AMN Healthcare for at least 60 additional nurse and clinical positions.
The additional personnel will strengthen medical staff capacity to help manage hospitalisations that have increased over 990% since 9 July this year.