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Beat the heat (and high admission rates) this summer with locum tenens

Summer is officially here! That means pool parties, barbecues, picnics at the park, and some fun in the sun; however, summertime is also time for higher traffic at urgent cares, hospitals, and emergency rooms across the country. Dehydration, sun and food poisoning, and rapid alcohol consumption are just a few common culprits that can cause a rise in admissions during the summer holiday season. This is especially true during summer holidays, like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

For facilities, summer can be the toughest time of the year. When faced with more patients than they can accommodate, quality care and patient satisfaction are compromised, costs and wait times are higher, and community trust is threatened. According to the Master of Health Administration from The George Washington University, being admitted to the hospital when the ER is overcrowded increases the risk of a patient dying before being discharged, and prolonged boarding of critically ill patients can cause a delay in treatments and poor recovery outcomes.

For these reasons, facilities often turn to locum tenens during their busiest seasons for relief. Locum tenens can help facilities by temporarily providing qualified physicians and advanced practitioners to assist in providing excellent patient care, while decreasing wait times and relieving overcrowded waiting rooms.

By providing critical care during a critical time, locum tenens physicians have the opportunity to help when and where they’re needed most. To sweeten the deal, pay rates during holidays and peak seasons are often higher than normal pay rates.

As a locum tenens provider, make sure to keep summertime and future holidays in mind when filling your schedule. If you are a facility in need of coverage or a physician in search of an assignment, visit our Job Search page or Request Coverage