Integrating New Staff into Endovascular Stroke-Treatment Workflows in the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Goyal M., Kromm J., Ganesh A., Wira C., Southerland A., Sheth KN., Khosravani H., Panagos P., McNair N., Ospel JM., AHA/ASA Stroke Council Science Subcommittees: Emergency Neurovascular Care (ENCC), the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council, the Telestroke and the Neurovascular Intervention Committees None.
A health care crisis such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic requires allocation of hospital staff and resources on short notice. Thus, new and sometimes less experienced team members might join the team to fill in the gaps. This scenario can be particularly challenging in endovascular stroke treatment, which is a highly specialized task that requires seamless cooperation of numerous health care workers across various specialties and professions. This document is intended for stroke teams who face the challenge of integrating new team members into endovascular stroke-treatment workflows during the COVID-19 pandemic or any other global health care emergency. It discusses the key strategies for smooth integration of new stroke-team members in a crisis situation: 1) transfer of key knowledge (simple take-home messages), 2) open communication and a nonjudgmental atmosphere, 3) strategic task assignment, and 4) graded learning and responsibility. While these 4 key principles should generally be followed in endovascular stroke treatment, they become even more important during health care emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, when health care professionals have to take on new and additional roles and responsibilities in challenging working environments for which they were not specifically trained.