A shortage of patient education materials has left the US health care system in a dire situation, with only 15% of the resources dedicated to teaching new nurses how to do their job, according to a new report from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The US Health Care Information Administration (HCIA), the public health agency that oversees the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told the Associated Press news agency that in 2014, the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allocated nearly $100 million in funding to train new nurses in the areas of patient safety, infection control and care management.
But the funding for training materials, which are meant to train the new nurses to be more efficient, has been severely constrained by a lack of funding, the report said.
The shortage of materials in the healthcare system is a major concern for US health systems, which have been struggling with a high number of infections due to the increasing use of antibiotics and other medical technologies.
“This is not an issue that has been addressed,” Dr. Daniel Cimino, an infectious disease expert at Columbia University Medical Center, told the AP.
In a statement, the NHIA said it was committed to developing more training materials for new nurses and to training new workers in all aspects of healthcare.
But it said it could not find sufficient funding for the training, which was already funded through a $3.6 billion federal research program.
It said it had allocated about $40 million to train and expand its network of nurse practitioners in 2017.
This funding is critical to providing training materials to healthcare providers who are facing an acute shortage of healthcare personnel, Dr. Ciminos said.
“The shortage is very acute in the nursing workforce, particularly in areas where the supply of healthcare staff is limited, like infectious disease,” he told the Guardian.
Healthcare workers are trained by nurses to treat patients with respiratory infections, such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, which can spread quickly.
Many health systems have been forced to close hospitals and clinics, and cut staff to save money.
The shortage in training materials has also hit health systems that were forced to ration access to care for their residents.
In April, New York state reported a surge in infections and deaths among its Medicaid patients.
The state’s Department of Health Services told the state’s Newsday newspaper that the shortage of nurse training materials was an issue for many health systems.
“We don’t have a lot of nurses, and many are retiring, and we’re facing a shortage in staffing,” a department official told the paper.
An additional complication is the fact that some health systems do not have the training materials needed for new nursing, according the NHPA.
“This has been a major problem,” Dr Cimins said.
“We don-t know what is going to happen in the future.”