(Anchorage) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy right this moment introduced that tons of of medical personnel are coming to Alaska to help the State’s well being care amenities. Almost 300 registered nurses and greater than 100 licensed nursing assistants or affected person care technicians are among the many well being care staff anticipated to reach quickly in Alaska below an $87 million contract between the State of Alaska and the federal Common Providers Administration. The incoming well being care staff, the primary of whom are anticipated to reach in Alaska subsequent week, are a part of a complete help plan for Alaska’s well being care system, finalized this week by the Dunleavy Administration for medical amenities strained by an inflow of COVID-19 sufferers.
“We requested Alaskans for the final 12 months and a half to work collectively on the problem posed by COVID-19,” stated Governor Dunleavy. “Our hospitals need assistance with staffing, provides, and Alaskans to do their half. At the moment’s announcement brings certified well being professionals once we want it and supplies Alaskans with the instruments we have to handle by this troublesome time.”
The administration’s plan consists of:
- An Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Residence Affiliation contract to assist recruit and increase the licensed nursing assistant workforce.
- Emergency laws handed by the Alaska Board of Nursing to get extra Alaskans skilled and authorized as Nurse Aides extra shortly. The regulation change aligns Alaska CNA coaching necessities with the federal necessities for 120 days, lowering the variety of coaching hours from 140 to 75, and requires coaching packages to satisfy the federal coaching necessities.
- The State Emergency Medical Providers (EMS) Workplace is working with native EMS companies on methods to alleviate overcrowding in hospitals. Methods will look totally different in every group, however embody offering providers that facilitate early discharge of hospital sufferers to open beds for others looking for care. Different methods embody transporting sufferers to alternate locations, or treating sufferers on the scene, and avoiding a hospital run.
- Offering COVID-19 at-home take a look at kits to help in-person studying for teenagers and households to check earlier than going to high school to curb the unfold of COVID-19.
On Sept. 22, the Alaska Division of Well being and Social Providers (DHSS) enabled Disaster Requirements of Care by the brand new addendum to the prevailing Public Well being Emergency Order. Commissioner of Well being and Social Providers Adam Crum stated that whereas the addendum offers a well being care framework for suppliers, suppliers will proceed to make affected person choices based on their insurance policies and accessible sources.
“This addendum to the prevailing Public Well being Emergency Order, approved by Home Invoice 76, supplies steering to Alaska’s hospitals, well being care suppliers and native well being authorities in help of disaster requirements of care ought to they be wanted for a facility or group,” stated Crum. “Let me be clear: this isn’t a catastrophe declaration, nor a mandate, and doesn’t require any new laws. The aim of this addendum is to supply help and steering to our state’s well being care suppliers as they proceed to take care of Alaskans throughout these unprecedented instances.”
Learn the Addendum to the Public Well being Emergency Order.
Learn the Information Sheet to the Addendum and the Hospital Capability Actions
Learn the ASHNHA letter response.
The addendum additionally provides collaborating well being care amenities protection below the civil legal responsibility clause handed by the Legislature in HB76.
“We wish well being care suppliers to know that the State of Alaska is extremely happy with and grateful for the care they’re persevering with to supply to Alaskans,” stated Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “Our well being care professionals are accustomed to offering the most effective care they presumably can for his or her sufferers, however sources are actually stretched to a degree that the majority of us by no means anticipated to see in our careers. Troublesome choices will have to be revamped whose care ought to be prioritized, and we’re right here to help our suppliers to supply the most effective take care of as many sufferers as potential throughout these difficult instances.”
Alaskans who want emergency care ought to nonetheless go to the emergency room and never delay or keep away from looking for medical care. Hospitals and well being care amenities will proceed to work onerous to ensure Alaskans obtain applicable care. Although the incoming sources and bulletins right this moment are supposed to forestall disaster requirements of care from having for use, these disaster requirements of care can be found if wanted.
Vaccines are available statewide. DHSS reviews that from Jan. 16 to Sept. 11, 2021, 80 p.c of all circumstances, 88 p.c of all hospitalizations, and 87 p.c of deaths amongst Alaska residents, aged 12 years or older, have been in individuals who weren’t absolutely vaccinated.
“I’m asking all Alaskans to do your half by minimizing your well being dangers, not only for the virus, however on your private security” stated Governor Dunleavy. “Suppose earlier than taking dangers. Let’s assist the hospitals by lowering the pressure on them for accidents. Each little bit counts.”