The aging population play a major role in healthcare cost in the US. People are living longer than ever before in history. This is of huge significance because the elderly population receive services through publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and although many adults are living longer, they usually have chronic and multiple health conditions which require frequent and longer visits to health establishments. This demographic is expected to double in population size by the year 2050, approximately 20% of the population will be 65 years and older. It affects the entire climate of healthcare, providers are concerned with the reimbursement rates which seem to keep decreasing and not keeping up with inflation, and with over half of the workforce in retirement, the people working pay most of the taxes which affects the amount available for funding these programs.
All of these excess patients leads to overcrowding in the waiting room, but also in the emergency department (O’Shea, 2007). 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).
Consequently, some of the healthcare workers have PTSD as a result of what they have experienced (Kerasiotis, 2004). Nurse aides who have PTSD and have to work with patients with dementia are more likely to develop higher levels of stress and rates of emotional exhaustion, which leads to burnout. The organizational context is also a determinant in nurses developing quicker burnout in nursing homes. Burnout can expand when organizational resources and support systems are absent within the institution (Chamberlain, 2017). It is imperative for organizations to tackle burnout because it can affect the employee
For the government, the aging society will produce additional publicly-funded health, long-term and income support for older people. The education in the United States will make an impact as well by increasing education levels. With the population rising, there will be better educated to increase productivity, which will lead to the increase of industrialization in the country. Also, the aging society will make an impact on religion. In Religion, it is an important part of the aging society and it is used by the elderly in order to gain demands of later life and they appear much more often than in their younger years.
The elders that have been aging among the nursing population are many, which also added to the nursing shortages, school of nursing with decrease registration for nurses compound the problem along with high patient acuity and staff ratio (Gindel & Hagerstrom, 2009). Leaders and managers need to be very responsible, reliable, dependable and greatly proficient and actively involved with the other employees to offer an outstanding patient care in order to promote and avert the further nurses
The single biggest factor that has influenced the growth of Swedish Medical Group is one that involves economic and social factors: population growth. This has had a number of impacts on specific practices at Swedish Medical Group. One economic event that has impacted the growth of Swedish medical group is the population growth in Seattle area due to rapid increases by technology companies. As companies like amazon and Boeing as well as Microsoft recruit new employees, more young professionals migrate to Seattle for to meet these companies work force demands. In recent news, Seattle has gained the reputation of being the fastest growing city in the united states currently.
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.
The world has experienced a considerable improvement in health status over the past century. Life expectancy has increased due to low mortality rates , and, according to UN (2004), this trend is expected to persist for decades. Thus, people are living longer than before. The major source of this achievement are the advances in medicine and socio-economic progress of countries in 20th century which are still continuing. These advances have resulted in high treatment technologies, therapies and interventions for diseases, and improved living conditions for the population.
The lack of dexterity results in the underutilization of expensive resources (staff and equipment) and in delays in the patient flow. Moreover, it contributes to increased patient inconvenience due to longer waiting times. Hospitals are not aware of the importance of determining the earliest point in time at which the relevant information becomes available to order resources required further down in the patient
Organ Donation The supply for organ donation is very low in the United states but the demand is high. This leads to problems when it comes to organ donation in the U.S. A lot of people are dying while waiting on the list for organ procurement. Even though the number of types of organs that can be donated is high the waiting list is still full of people in need. Those people are not getting the organs that they need to survive and they are dying while on the list. The types of organs that can be donated range from big organs to small organs.