Chapter 9 Conclusion—Sustaining Resilience in Healthcare Organizations

DOI: 10.4324/9781003190929-9

Healthcare systems throughout the world were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitals were pushed to their limits in attempting to contain the virus. Most commonly, problems with resource management for ventilators, beds, PPE, and especially nurses brought emergency planning shortfalls to light.

Pandemics have occurred before and will certainly occur again (e.g., 1918’s Spanish Flu, AIDS from the 1980s, and 2014’s Ebola outbreak); however, the new variant has affected healthcare systems worldwide and has forced healthcare leaders to face new challenges. Issues such as limited supply chain for protective masks and sanitization supplies, ...

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