“There needs to be coordination and communication with all of the key stakeholders to identify and eliminate any barriers to getting every eligible and willing individual vaccinated as quickly as possible, as well as the support and resources to accomplish this task,” The association said in an emailed statement.
The massive undertaking of a nationwide vaccination effort is occurring under “very stressed circumstances” that include shortages in personal protective equipment, staffing strains and strapped intensive care unit capacity in some areas, the hospital association, which represents about 5,000 hospitals and 43,000 people, said.
American Hospital Association is calling on federal help to better administer coronavirus vaccines into Americans’ arms. (iStock)
“Given the acute need to conserve oxygen, effective immediately, EMS should only administer supplemental oxygen to patients with oxygen saturation below 90%,” the directive said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
California officials recently said they were having trouble getting the necessary amount of oxygen to critically ill coronavirus patients, with supply issues causing at least five Los Angeles County hospitals to declare an “internal disaster,” which means they could turn away ambulances.
The American Hospital Association expected the issues on a national-scale to resolve, with the pace in vaccinations to “increase dramatically” in the coming weeks.
“The federal role must go beyond just handing off the vaccines to the states,” the association said.
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