Introduction Hospital wait times have long been an issue amongst patients in emergency rooms as it’s unrealistic for every patient to receive assistance as soon as they arrive in the emergency department. Those with life-threatening injuries have priority while those without are still suffering and have no alternative but to wait for medical attention. In an age where technology has solved numerous everyday problems and businesses are continually evolving with new innovations, is it possible for hospitals to implement similar concepts to create an efficient organizational structure and increase employee productivity? This short paper explores alternative solutions to reducing wait times by reassigning hospital duties, implementing a new pay
There are many safety issue in hospitals among one of the major issues are falls. Among the most common victims are the elder patients with multiple health problems, patient’s that undergo multiple treatment regimens, side effect of medication and patients who are unfamiliar with the environment. The consequences of falls in hospitals can result to injury with fracture, often lead to poor outcomes and increases the length of stay (National Patient Agency, 2010).The second episode of care which was the patient experiencing a fall from the side effect of the medication: valium; leading to assessment done by the nurses. RN Elliot confirmed that after 20 minutes of giving the Valium the patient had an unobserved fall. The use of the risk management
Burnout tends to increase the rate of turnover, decrease the quality of care that is provided, as well as negatively affecting the health of the caregiver (Dewa, 2017). In a research study, it showed that about 37% of nurses that worked in nursing homes suffer from high emotional exhaustion while 35% of nurses that worked in a hospital setting also suffer from high emotional fatigue (Dyrbye, 2017). Through research, it was indicated that turnover rates for nursing homes ranged from 40-75% (Cohen-Manfield, 1997). Burnout is due to several issues such as employees being overworked or having to deal with traumatic situations on a daily basis such as death (Kompanje, 2015). Consequently, some of the healthcare workers have PTSD as a result of what they have experienced (Kerasiotis, 2004).
In other words, government insurance will always cover hospital cost, but that is not always the case for long-term care. For example, insurance will only cover long-term care for certain healthcare conditions that require rehabilitation after a hospital stay or limited care to help the patient get back on their feet. Unfortunately, all other cases, Medicare does not cover long-term care unless the patient has great veteran insurance and is at least 70% disabled from the military service or if the patient is classified as impoverished (Day, 2012). Either way the government makes it extremely difficult for these individuals to receive proper care and in some cases families have to spend thousands of dollars in order to help their loved ones survive on a daily
To help increase the rate of patients processed through the emergency room, many facilities have implemented hallway beds and chair rooms for the less acute patients. This adds to the overcrowding as well (O’Shea, 2007). When the emergency department is full, they will usually go on ambulance diversion which means that an ambulance that is caring a patient to the emergency department needs to head to another emergency department (O’Shea, 2007). This can lead to negative patient outcomes because tests and care that could save the patient’s life are delayed because the ambulance had to travel to another emergency department which may be miles away (O’Shea, 2007). The increased patient load means that the emergency department staff has to work that
You guys still look confused…let’s put this into perspective! An article published on Listverse, September of 2015, listed 10 eye-opening cases of Factitious Disorder, ranging from mothers lying about their kids being sick, to mothers poisoning their children and in some cases killing them. According to a Fox News article published April 8, 2015, Lacey Spears was sentenced twenty years in prison for poisoning. She loved the attention she got from her
Turns out nearly 6 million Americans are affected and is the leading cause for people older than the age of 65 to be placed in a hospital. When the heart 's pumping power starts to move slower than normal is what heart failure is. Some people like to think it is when the heart stops working because they think failure means stop working. Heart failure causes the pumping of blood to move way slower and that leads to the pressure in the heart to increase. Which this then results in the heart not pumping enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body’s requirements.
With many people having this mindset, it causes a gap of unknown knowledge. For example, I asked a few of my coworkers how often they saw a physician five of seven said only if they were ill. The other two see an endocrinologist and Physician for a checkup to insure nothing else goes wrong with their body. This is part of the knowledge gap. Also many people seem to know little to nothing about the different career opportunities available in medical facilities.
Whether I work in the recovery room or intensive care unit, the elderly patients are a special population in my daily nursing practice that are at risk for drug overuse, underuse, or misuse. Moreover, my older patients tend to consume more medications due to their extensive medical history or chronic diseases. Burcham and Rosentheal (2016) explain some of the reasons for drug adverse reaction in older adults. Older adults do not adhere to their medication regimen prescribed by the doctor, they are more sensitive to drugs since they have more comorbidities, and take more medication than a younger person. Economic or cognitive decline could be some issues for noncompliance to the medication regimen.
Research was conducted on two wards to see if patients and visitors carried out the hand hygiene procedure over a 24 h period. The results were outrageous, from a possibility of 823 hand hygiene opportunities 659 of HCW carried out the procedure, 75 for patients and 89 of all visitors. 659 of HCW who carried out the procedure 78% were allied health professionals, 59% ancillary nurse, 75% nurses, 47% doctors (Randle J 2010). Promoting Good Hand
Patients who contract the influenza virus while in the hospital have a shockingly high risk of death as a result of flu complications. A recent article from Henry H. Bernstein and Jeffrey R. Starke lists the average mortality rate of all patients with hospital-acquired influenza as 16%, but notes that patients with higher risk factors, such as people who 've recently undergone transplants, have a mortality rate of between 33% and 60%. Though the flu is typically non-life threatening for the general population, the same can not be said for hospital patients who have compounding health issues. Because of the increased risk of death for hospital patients, it would be in a hospital 's best interest to require mandatory influenza vaccinations for its staff to prevent as much transmission of the virus as
His New York psychiatric office treats hundreds of patients each year, each suffering from some type of chronic pain. Even though thousands of patients have suffered with chronic pain for generations, and the medical community has legitimized the illness as real, a stigma remains. There are some who feel that the pain is merely in their minds, that they are making it up or imagining. Medical science disputes that claim, however, that type of backward thinking causes more grief for the sufferers. It is because of this that many chronic pain sufferers are hesitant to seek pain management help from a psychiatric
These alarming statistics raise a huge concern with the effectiveness of the transitions of care. The main issue with transitions of care is that there are discrepancies that mistakenly occur during this process. As reported by Judith Kristeller, PharmD BCPS, “the transition between inpatient and community settings in particular is prone to medication errors related to a lack of communication between health care providers, missed patient follow-up, inadequate patient education, etc.” (6). Medicare services have even included a three percent fine on Medicare payment for hospitals that have unnecessary readmissions, and this percent has increased since 2014 (5).
With medical billing being so important for most medical practices and facilities, accuracy is critical. Insurance companies quickly deny claims that include inconsistent, inaccurate data, and that can cost a medical practice in additional man hours and lost revenue. Making sure accuracy is a key component throughout the billing process keeps claim denial to a minimum. Let 's break it down a bit Pre-registration When the patient walks through the doors, that is when billing process begins.
Overall, incomplete documentation and delinquent medical records cause inaccurate reimbursement and results in inaccurate gross revenue to the hospital. It can have a negative impact on the hospital budgeting and financial planning process for the hospital. It is for this purpose that every healthcare institution should be purposeful on reviewing the accuracy and completeness in clinical documentation, no matter the cost. Even though, for most physicians, most of their time is focused on the actual care of the patient and there is little to no time to devote to extensive documentation, it is imperative to understand patient care includes both the one-to-one attention and the documentation of said treatment.