ABSTRACT

Indian Health Service Use of Critical Care Response Teams Has Helped to Meet Facility Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Report in Brief: "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious, sometimes fatal, disease that has disproportionately affected American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribal health care facilities are the main health care providers for the AI/AN population. Prior OIG [Office of Inspector General] work found that IHS facilities often lacked sufficient staff and had limited access to clinical specialists, as well as finding other quality-of-care concerns. One recent IHS effort to address staffing and quality concerns is its development of Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs) to support IHS and Tribal facilities in caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients. This study examines IHS's first five deployments of the CCRTs, which provided services to six IHS facilities and three Tribal facilities from June through September 2020."

Report Number:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-06-20-00700
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2021-09
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General: https://oig.hhs.gov/
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