In the studies mentioned above, it was revealed that professionalism of the medical interpreter is greatly associated with the extensive hours of training, rather the years of experience. This shed light on the importance of having more effective training programs around the world, under the supervision of professional interpreters. By doing so, people can expect having professional interpreters in the hospitals, providing patients with fast and accurate interpretation. This also forces hospitals to give greater attention to who they are hiring as a medical interpreter (Abrue et al,
Most of the quality improvement strategies focus on the misuse of health care. However, the overuse of health care needs to be addressed further to see rapid changes in quality management. Chassin (2013) supports that examining the overuse of health care may be the very focus needed to push the quality improvement movement to move faster. It will improve quality improvement effectiveness and decrease costs associated with health care services. The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to significantly lessen the use of useless tests, excessive treatments and needless procedures (Chassin, 2013).
Healthcare informatics is an important aspect of healthcare that is often forgotten about. Health informatics combines the field of medicine and information technology. The most important purpose of health informatics is to deliver the most effective health care to patients. In previous years, the health industry relied on a paper-based system to organize, store, interpret, and integrate patient records and medical information. However, the informatics industry is booming and allowing for new electronic technology and information systems, and clinicians can now find this data stored in convenient coded computer systems as well as cloud-based storage systems.
Medication errors are “the most common single preventable cause of adverse events in medical practice” . According to the Institute Of Medicine report (IOM, 1999 ), as high as 98,000 patients die in hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors  which makes medical errors the second leading cause of death in US. . The report further estimates that, medical errors cost the nation approximately $37.6 Billion each year; about $17 billion of those costs are associated with preventable errors. Medication incidents are commonplace in healthcare [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
To this day his documented research has stayed true and his teachings have remained relevant to students of pulmonary medicine and surgery. (Brightside 2014). One of the most known contributions that Hippocrates has imparted on the society is the rules and a number of professional ethical standards of a physician. This was contributed in the form of the Hippocratic Oath, one of the oldest binding documents in history which is still relevant and pledged by new doctors to this day. The Hippocratic Oath is a promise made by doctors, stating that they are not magicians but will always treat the sick to the best of one's ability, with the high standard of treatment, preserve patient privacy, to impart the secrets of medicine to the next generation of doctors and many more.
As can be observed in everyday consumerism, there has been an increase in medicinal remedies for treating various modes of suffering. While these remedies are essential for many of those who suffer from these differing forms of illnesses and injuries, the overuse of pharmacological resources has perhaps changed the mass population’s understanding of how recovery occurs. In other words, turning only to medicinal treatments suggests that these methods are the only cure that we can or should rely on to get better. Rather than entirely depend upon the pharmaceutical business that simply focuses on the absence of wellness, positive psychology offers strategies that allow the suffering individual to become conscious of the good in his or her life so that he or she can then build upon these good life factors. In turn, he or she identifies new strengths and abilities in order to generate practical and progressive solutions for decreasing effects of
Effective medicine is based on life and social skills, human understanding, trust and balance. We need doctor that are caring, approachable, concerned, kind, enthusiastic, humanistic, ethical, dedicated, emphatic but also open minded, creative and brave. Although all this attributes are very difficult to find in a single person as we are often very limited, the key is in trying always to be better as doctors and human beings. It is all well sum up by Carl Wilhelm Hermann Nothnage, l as he once said “All knowledge attains its ethical value and its human significance only by the human sense with which it is employed. Only a good man can be a great physician” (Ong,
Good quality care depends on effective communication between the care givers and the clients. Providing quality of care can improve the patient’s satisfaction during hospitalization. (The Importance of Clear, Effective Communication in Healthcare, 2016) For the second reason, communication is the main role for every profession, however it is the most crucial in health care setting. Ineffective communication or lack of communication leads to unnecessary problems and misunderstanding in clinical setting such as medical error because of error in diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, lack of communication leads to the patient death.
Healthcare is important to the society because people get ill, accidents and emergencies do arise and the hospitals are needed to diagnose, treat and manage different types of ailments and diseases. Many of people’s aspirations and desires cannot be met without longer, healthier, happy lives. The healthcare industry is divided into several areas in order to meet the health needs of individuals and the population at large. All over the world, the healthcare industry would continue to thrive and grow as long as man exists hence forming an enormous part of any country’s
He was diagnosed as anaphylaxis and was given Adrenaline and other medications and his condition improved within a short time. It was a humbling experience to realise that I was able to save the life of a person using the medical training I received. This experience taught me that a Doctor should be able to diagnose a condition as well as take the right action at the right time. For this he should have in depth knowledge and strong foundation about diseases and medicine as a whole. This attracted me to the field of Internal
Raising the Awareness of Medication Errors Introduction Medication errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, ranked behind heart disease and cancer. 1.3 million people are injured each year because of medication errors (Melissa Conrad Stoppler, 2014). Four out of five adverse events take place in hospitals. An adverse event is “an injury caused directly by medical management rather than the underlying disease or condition of the patient” (Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson MS, 2000). Medication errors can take place in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor offices, at home, or while receiving drugs from a pharmacy.
It is believed, by many in the medical profession, that limiting payments helps reduce the amount of malpractice claims. Supporters of these laws believe that such laws reduce health care costs by lowering practices such as defensive medical decision making. This practice, also known as defensive medicine, is common for some physicians to help lower their chances of malpractice liability (Manner, 2007). For example, Texas has experienced a decrease of 21.3% in medical malpractice insurance premiums due to tort reform legislation ("Tort Reform and the Effect of Medical Malpractice Caps," 2012). Medical license applications have increase to 18% since legislature enacted financial caps.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have placed an unusual burden on the disability compensation program. Today, injuries vastly outnumber deaths when compared to previous wars. As of 2012, there were twenty-two million veterans living in the United States, 2.4 million of which had served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were approximately 3.5 million veterans living with some degree of a physical disability related to their military service, and nearly one-fifth of all veterans reported some level of psychological disorder. Approximately 200,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have filed for disability claims, straining VA resources.