Nursing shortages and skilled unit closures are slowing down discharges at Pittsburgh hospitals

August 29, 2022

Getting admitted to a hospital is usually a pretty straightforward affair.

Getting out of one, especially if you have complex medical needs, can be a different matter entirely.

Discharging patients from hospitals has slowed at a time of widespread labor shortages in health care. Not enough staff at nursing homes — where many patients go from the hospital for rehabilitation — is the new bottleneck, officials say.

Even ambulance services are having staffing problems, representing more delays in patients getting where they need to be.

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