How Shortage of Anesthesia Providers is Harming CHWs
The shortage of anesthesia providers is forcing some CHWs to pay additional stipends to ensure coverage, according to Laura Galeazzi, administrator at Antelope Valley Surgical Institute, based in Lancaster, Calif.
Ms. Galeazzi joined Becker’s to talk about his biggest daily obstacles and what attracts patients to CHWs.
Editor’s Note: These answers have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
Question: What are your main daily obstacles and how do you solve them?
Laura Galeazzi: Our biggest hurdle is anesthesia coverage. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare providers – for example anesthesiologists and registered nurses – have chosen to have more control over their schedules and income and have transitioned into practicing as healthcare providers. substitution. Some surgery centers must pay a stipend in addition to anesthesia billing in order to obtain coverage. This practice of paying allowances to secure medical staff could have adverse effects over a prolonged period on some surgery centers.
Q: What attracts patients to CHWs?
LG: I believe that, for the most part, patients trust their doctors and the decisions their doctors make about where to have their surgery, whether in a hospital or on an outpatient basis in an ASC. That being said, patients are better informed now since the COVID-19 pandemic, and many patients believe that CHWs are safer when it comes to being exposed to the virus and prefer CHWs in the hospital setting.