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Reports that Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to Governor Greg Abbott’s much-vaunted border security mission are facing wage delays and poor working conditions – and that some have recently died by suicide – raise concern state legislators.

Over the past three months, the Army Times has chronicled the usual pay issues for mission soldiers and reported on mission-related soldier suicides. On Tuesday, Allen West, a GOP gubernatorial candidate, criticized Abbott’s handling of the mission and called on the top Texas Military Department official to step down. West, a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said soldiers also contacted him about the unsanitary conditions in the camps and the lack of proper equipment.

In a written statement attributed to public affairs staff at the Texas Military Department, the department said only two of the four soldiers who died by suicide reported by the Army Times in December “were on orders to support Operation Lone Star.” The ministry did not specify which soldiers were not on order.

A soldier whose death was reported by the Army Times has been denied parole, according to the publication. Another was on exemption from subjugation upon his death, the Army Times reported.

“It would be a serious assumption to link these unfortunate incidents to the OLS mission because there are many variables that lead to suicide,” said the department’s statement.

“One suicide in our ranks is one too many, and we mourn all those left behind. In such complex situations, a person’s decision to take this desperate step is again the result of many factors.” , indicates the press release. “The Texas Military Department is proud of the robust set of services available to help service members cope with personal challenges free of charge. Services include a Resiliency and Substance Abuse Prevention Program, 24/7 Behavioral Health Care Provider, Chaplain, and Medical Professional Physician who are in each OLS working group.

Earlier this week, Brandon Jones, a spokesperson for the ministry, addressed other concerns about missing wages and proper equipment revealed by media. He said all members of the service are expected to receive detailed paychecks and pay stubs starting Tuesday. He also said the department had been made aware of unsanitary conditions in some places that did not have portable toilets, but that “the extent of the challenge is not great.” He said the first wave of staff may have faced “dire conditions with limited resources,” but the infrastructure is being put in place over time and the department is working to resolve the issue.

Operation Lone Star began in March, when Abbott announced he would deploy more resources from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border. The rapidly mounted border security operation aims to stem a wave of crossings at the state’s southern border, with many migrants fleeing countries torn by a combination of violence, political turmoil and economic crisis.

Since the initiative was announced, Abbott, who is running for re-election this year, has repeatedly blamed President Joe Biden’s less strict immigration stance for a surge in the number of migrants seeking entry to the United States.

Last year, the Legislature allocated almost $ 3 billion for border security. In a special session last summer, lawmakers committed $ 311 million to the Texas Military Department to send an additional 1,800 Texas National Guard troops to the border, bringing the total to 2,500. In November, Abbott’s office boasted that 10,000 troops had been deployed for Operation Lone Star.

But State Senator César Blanco, a Democrat from El Paso who served in the Navy, said he was concerned that the soldiers had not received hardship releases and were being involuntarily activated after being served in other COVID-19 related missions, starting in 2020.

“Most of these people have already served or have agreed to serve part-time. But these deployments with both Operation Lone Star and COVID – these guys and girls are out there for three [consecutive] years, “he said.” That’s not what they signed up for. If they wanted to do this, they would have gone on active duty. “

Blanco also said he was concerned about the large pay gap between being on active duty in the state on a state-ordered mission and a federal mission. He also said he was concerned about the impact of the length of deployments on the retirement benefits and health insurance status of soldiers.

“These are the questions we ask, and I think some of those things the legislature needs to address in the next legislative session,” he said. “In the meantime, these are things that can be dealt with by House, Senate, and Governor leadership, as well as committee members overseeing the Texas Military Department.”

The respective House and Senate leaders, Speaker Dade Phelan and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, did not respond to requests for comment.

Renae Eze, spokesperson for Abbott, said this week that the governor’s office continues to “work with department heads to ensure that everyone who is deployed in Texas and overseas has the support they need. need to keep moving forward and serving our great state and our nation ”.

Abbott launched attacks on his management of the border by fellow Republicans challenging him during the GOP primary on March 1. This includes West, who retired from the military after being investigated in 2003 for using inappropriate methods to force information on an Iraqi detainee. And Abbott’s announcement last year that Texas would build its own border wall came after main opponent Don Huffines kicked off his campaign by offering it.

The Texas Military Department has warned that some of the soldier deaths reported by the Army Times are still under investigation, but a spokesperson told the outlet: “The loss of any serviceman is a tragedy and mitigates the losses by enforcing security protocols and securing resources that promote the overall health of the force is something the Texas Military Department takes seriously. “

State Senator Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, said Texas National Guard soldiers are at the border due to the federal government’s failure to curb the increase in immigration and qu ‘they deserve state support.

“Any allegation of inadequate resources or working conditions should be taken very seriously, and as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Border Security, we are in direct contact with the Texas Military Department to ensure that concerns raised are swiftly and fully addressed so that our heroes at the border know without a doubt that Texas has its back, ”Hancock said in a statement.

State Representative Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, said he was concerned about information released at the end of December on the suicides of soldiers linked to the mission and contacted Major General Tracy Norris, the top chief member of the Texas National Guard. Raymond heads the House Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee, which oversees the military department.

“I want to make sure that our caretakers are taken care of in terms of health, in terms of the economic situation,” Raymond said.

Norris told him that the Texas Military Department provides resources for mental health, Raymond said. He said he was also told that the department was dealing with the issues related to soldiers’ pay.

Raymond said he was monitoring the situation and would convene a legislative hearing if more needed to be done. But he said he trusted Norris’ leadership.

“General Norris is a good leader and if there are problems she will fix them,” he said.

Jones, the spokesperson for the military department, also said that the accommodation of soldiers on mission is “transforming into the long-term deployment living conditions” that soldiers have experienced on overseas deployments. .

“The austere conditions are the result of the increase in the number of employees from 1,200 in June 2021 to around 10,000 in five months,” he said in an email.

The ministry disputed allegations that its soldiers lacked proper equipment during the mission.

“Every member of the Texas National Guard Service who occupies a security point on the Texas-Mexico border is equipped with the appropriate protective equipment and the appropriate amount of ammunition,” Jones said.

Blanco, the Democrat of El Paso, said he also contacted the Texas Military Department for more information after articles in the Army Times about the suicides of soldiers.

“It’s tragic that we have lost four soldiers,” Blanco said. “We need to make sure the Texas Military Department deploys mental health services to those areas to make sure these guards are okay.”

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Climate action in healthcare is my new year’s resolution https://medicbuzz.net/climate-action-in-healthcare-is-my-new-years-resolution/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:06:08 +0000 https://medicbuzz.net/climate-action-in-healthcare-is-my-new-years-resolution/ Reed A. Omary, MD

  • Reed Omary is a radiologist in Nashville.

At the start of the New Year, people decide to make changes. Every year millions fail. I won’t be one of them.

I decided to raise awareness about climate change in health care. Doctors and nurses are good at caring for patients.

To continue this mission, we must also become good at taking care of the planet. Let us decide that climate care is health care.

There is enough talk of integrating climate awareness into daily action and of guiding our patients, colleagues and institutions into a planetary mindset.

Following:Brenda Gilmore: Unified local and federal effort vital to tackle climate change | Opinion

Leadership in healthcare is about influence, not control

Perhaps a long time ago, in the heyday of medicine, people followed the orders of their doctors and nurses. It is more likely that this day never really existed.

A doctor takes x-rays with a patient via a telehealth appointment.

After all, healthcare is not like the military where people just follow orders. If they did, smoking would not pose a major public health challenge.

COVID-19 is a useful paradigm. Where would we be if people wore masks and got vaccines on our first request?

Instead, we had to help convince people that their choices affect the health of others. Fortunately, at least 79% of eligible Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We have learned that not everyone will listen. Some will cry out in protest, but our work must continue.

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Shortage of hospitals and healthcare workers could worsen https://medicbuzz.net/shortage-of-hospitals-and-healthcare-workers-could-worsen/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:07:16 +0000 https://medicbuzz.net/shortage-of-hospitals-and-healthcare-workers-could-worsen/

Global markets enter 2022 with refreshed COVID-19 fears due to omicron, thousands of flights and canceled holiday events around the world, and more alarmingly, an overwhelming labor shortage among essential workers from hospitals to retail stores as new disruptions deplete the dedicated frontline workers who keep emergency rooms staffed, wards running and shelves stocked.

Despite the buoyancy felt throughout the winter gifting season as pre-pandemic behaviors escalated, including travel planning and in-store shopping, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has announced in a December press release that vacancies had risen to 11 million vacancies by year-end.

Healthcare is at the forefront of sectors facing increasing pressure from the workforce as omicron infections and fears push more people to emergency rooms, exacerbating an already difficult situation.

“Hospitals nationwide are canceling elective surgeries, struggling to find patient beds quickly and fail to meet minimum nurse-to-patient ratios recommended by experts,” Pew Research reported in December. “Some have even had to turn away critical patients. “

“While hospitals are under the most pressure in the Midwestern and Northeastern states where COVID-19 cases are increasing, labor shortages are also creating problems in the southern states where cases are increasing. relatively low – for now, “Pew said, adding:” Hospitals employ around 2 people. % fewer people today than in March 2020, according to the [BLS]. “

If the burnout epidemic among frontline healthcare workers worsens and elective procedures don’t return quickly – as some, including Goldman Sachs, have warned – we may be in for a lesson. collective on the limits of digital technology, and when only human caregivers will do so.

Also read: Omicron could have a “major impact” on the pandemic

Government steps in to relieve resources and burnout

Responding to calls from nurses unions and other industry groups, on December 21, 2021, President Joe Biden announced in a press release new support for hospitals, “urging Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to prepare an additional 1,000 military personnel – military doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical personnel – to deploy to hospitals in January and February, as needed. ”

In addition, Biden’s command creates “six emergency response teams – with over 100 clinical and ambulance personnel – … now deployed in six states: Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire and Vermont.” This is in addition to the 300 federal medical personnel we have deployed since we heard about omicron. “

The administration is also asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to “activate additional staff and capacity for the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and FEMA regions” to add hospital beds.

Amid the ‘big resignation’ – crowds of people leaving the workforce during the pandemic – more nurses and hospital support staff appear to be bowing under the weight of two years of COVID disasters and disruption – 19 recurring.

“About 29% of nurses said their desire to leave the field is significantly higher than before the pandemic, according to the survey which included 570 responses from nurses,” reported industry news site Health Care Dive.

The report also states that “nearly 37% of nurses said they were exhausted, stressed or overworked, prompting a growing number to say they are dissatisfied with their careers and are considering quitting their jobs.”

Early reports indicate that omicron is more infectious but less severe than previous variants, which some see as the virus moving from pandemic to endemic and in a more manageable condition.

However, cuts in elective procedures and permanent staffing issues in hospitals can lead to a massive outbreak of chronic diseases that are now ignored or under-treated.

“In the spring of 2020, experts warned that COVID-19 could be accompanied by a second ‘hidden’ pandemic due to disruptions in chronic disease management,” according to a statement from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). “More than 60% of Americans have at least one chronic disease, with diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer accounting for the bulk of the nation’s burden of disease and death.”

See also: COVID outbreak could reduce demand for elective medical procedures in 2022

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New Year’s rose parade continues despite COVID-19 outbreak https://medicbuzz.net/new-years-rose-parade-continues-despite-covid-19-outbreak/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 20:12:00 +0000 https://medicbuzz.net/new-years-rose-parade-continues-despite-covid-19-outbreak/ A year after the New Year had passed without a rose parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, marching bands and flower floats once again took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of 2022 despite a new wave of infections from the omicron variant. The 133rd Pasadena, Calif., Saturday tradition featured actor LeVar Burton as Grand Marshal, 20 groups, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream.” To believe. To reach. After record-breaking rainy days, there was sunny skies for the show to start at 8 a.m., which has a weird story of postcard weather. LeAnn Rimes kicked off the event with a performance of “Throw My Arms Around the World” followed by a military flyby of a B-2 stealth bomber. Among the fancy tanks was the futuristic-themed “Vaccinate Our” entry. World ”by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation with a robot nurse holding a syringe. The colorful“ Rise, Shine and Read! ”Float by the UPS Store featured a bespectacled rooster reading to a group of chicks. The“ American Idol ”winner Laine Hardy performed aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul.” For the grand finale, the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team landed along the parade route and the Country artist Jimmie Allen sang “Good Times Roll.” infections in Los Angeles County, where new daily cases topped 27,000 on Friday. The county public health department said it was the largest number of new cases. “would not have 20” frontline medical heroes “on horseback or on foot nearby. “We need to prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent high number of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant,” said the healthcare network. The parade drew thousands of fans as usual along its 8.8-kilometer route. Many camped on the sidewalks overnight, staking their places in the afternoon of New Years Eve. Authorities in Pasadena urged people to wear masks, switch to N95 or KN95 types, and avoid mingling with anyone outside of their own groups. Many attendees wore face coverings, everything as Parade Queen Rose Nadia Chung and her court. The Tournament of Roses association has said that ticket holders for the parade stands and the Rose Bowl game must show full proof of vaccination or a COVID test. 19 nega tif within 72 hours. , and masks were mandatory for all persons 2 years of age and over. The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled months in advance. The Rose Bowl football game was played after being moved to Arlington, Texas. Previously, the parade was canceled for several years during WWII, and the 1942 Rose Bowl game was played in North Carolina following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A year after the New Year had passed without a rose parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, marching bands and flower floats once again took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of 2022 despite a new wave of infections from the omicron variant.

The 133rd edition of the Pasadena, Calif., Tradition on Saturday featured actor LeVar Burton as Grand Marshal, 20 groups, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream.” To believe. To achieve.”

After days of record rains, there was sunny skies for the show to start at 8 a.m., which has a weird story of postcard weather.

LeAnn Rimes kicked off the event with a performance of ‘Throw My Guns Around the World’ followed by a military flyby of a B-2 stealth bomber.

Among the whimsical floats was the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s futuristic-themed ‘Vaccinate Our World’ entry with a robot nurse holding a syringe. The colorful float “Arise, shine and read!” By the UPS store featured a bespectacled rooster reading to a group of chicks.

American Idol winner Laine Hardy performed aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul” float. For the grand finale, the US Army Golden Knights parachute team landed along the parade route and country artist Jimmie Allen sang “Good Times Roll”.

The afternoon Rose Bowl parade and football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes remained on track despite an explosion of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, where the New daily cases topped 27,000 on Friday.

The county public health department said this was the highest number of new cases.

The spike in infections had previously prompted Kaiser Permanente to announce that his tank, “A Healthier Future”, would not have 20 “frontline medical heroes” on horseback or on foot by his side.

“We need to prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent spate of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant,” the network said. health care.

The parade drew thousands of fans as usual along its 8.8 kilometer route. Many camped on the sidewalks overnight, staking their places on New Year’s Eve afternoon.

Authorities in Pasadena have urged people to wear masks, switch to N95 or KN95 types, and avoid mingling with anyone outside of their own groups. Many attendees wore face coverings, as was parade queen Rose Nadia Chung and her court.

The Tournament of Roses association said ticket holders for the parade stands and the Rose Bowl game must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, and masks are required for anyone aged 2 and over.

The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled months in advance. The Rose Bowl football game was played after he was transferred to Arlington, Texas.

Previously, the parade had been canceled for several years during WWII, and the 1942 Rose Bowl game was played in North Carolina after the Pearl Harbor attack.

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New Mexico hospitals suffer worst staff shortage in US https://medicbuzz.net/new-mexico-hospitals-suffer-worst-staff-shortage-in-us/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 01:44:17 +0000 https://medicbuzz.net/new-mexico-hospitals-suffer-worst-staff-shortage-in-us/
Seen here the University of New Mexico Hospital. More than half of the state’s hospitals report staff shortages. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)

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Almost 53% of New Mexico hospitals have reported critical staff shortages, placing the state at the top of a national list, according to a new analysis of federal data.

New Mexico is the only state in which more than half of hospitals have reported serious staff shortages, Becker’s Hospital Review reported. Vermont is second on the list with 47%.

“Right now, yes, I would say we’re in a situation where we’re one of the most strained areas in the country,” said Troy Clark, president and CEO of the New Mexico Hospital Association.

Clark said Thursday he was unfamiliar with Becker’s Hospital Review’s analysis, which is based on federal health and human services data released Tuesday, but finds it credible that New Mexico tops the list. list of percentage of hospitals reporting critical staff shortages.

Many New Mexico hospitals have lost staff for a variety of reasons, including retirement, stress and burnout, almost two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clark said.

The crushing of COVID-19 patients, combined with those in need of care that was postponed earlier in the pandemic, means most hospitals are treating more inpatients than they are allowed to treat, Clark said. .

“We’re pretty tight right now, pretty stressed out,” he said.

Staff shortages are also placing severe financial constraints on hospitals, which must hire expensive temporary workers to fill the void. Hospitals must hire staff through agencies that charge up to $ 265 an hour to provide “travel nurses,” Clark said.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals typically paid between $ 65 and $ 80 an hour for agency nurses, he said.

“Their costs are skyrocketing,” Clark said. “This poses a problem of financial sustainability for hospitals. But we have these patients who need to be taken care of.

A New Mexico Hospitals Association survey of member hospitals in September found that nearly 30% of nursing positions in New Mexico were either vacant or filled with temporary workers. Clark said the problem has likely worsened since then.

Hospitals also have vacancies among other staff, such as respiratory therapists and radiation technologists, he said.

There are hospitals with staff shortages statewide.

In Farmington, two military medical teams of nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors were dispatched to work at San Juan Regional Medical.

In metro Albuquerque, two major hospital systems have declared crisis care standards, giving doctors more flexibility to transfer patients and, ultimately, the ability to ration care. Officials from Presbyterian hospitals and the University of New Mexico said in recent public appearances that they each hired hundreds of traveling nurses to help care for patients.

Despite these efforts, Dr Michael Richards, executive vice president of clinical affairs at the UNM hospital, said the long wait times have left some patients frustrated and lashed out at healthcare workers. health.

“It creates a really difficult patient experience, these long waits,” he said earlier this month. “We are seeing more difficult and frequent situations where patients or family members help create a difficult environment due to frustrations and long waits.

Melanie Mozes, a Presbyterian spokesperson, said the healthcare system, like many across the country, is facing a staffing shortage.

“To address this shortage, Presbyterian continues to focus its efforts on sustaining the excellent clinical team we have in place today and implementing strong recruitment efforts across the country,” he said. – she stated in an email. “Presbyterian is also partnering with local educational institutions to strengthen our talent pool for the future. “

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Omicron’s latest COVID spike worries NJ hospitals for staff https://medicbuzz.net/omicrons-latest-covid-spike-worries-nj-hospitals-for-staff/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:45:33 +0000 https://medicbuzz.net/omicrons-latest-covid-spike-worries-nj-hospitals-for-staff/

As the omicron variant of COVID-19 leads to a surge in hospital admissions in New Jersey, the biggest concern of health leaders in this pandemic wave is not personal protective equipment, l intensive care space or ventilators. It is the endowment.

Hospital workers – doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, patient care technicians and others – are infected with COVID in record numbers, as are the public. But when they do get sick, it affects the ability of hospitals to take care of us.

As of Tuesday evening, the number of COVID patients in New Jersey hospitals had risen to 3,273 – a gain of nearly 250% in one month. If the escalation continues, state health department’s worst projections predict that COVID patients hospitalized in mid-January would eclipse the peak of 8,300 on the worst day of the pandemic, in April 2020.