The most conservative estimated is this cost our country $17.1 Billion dollars annually, others suggest it exceeds $700 billion dollars.4 This figure doesn’t include malpractice lawsuits. This is just the cost of extra medical care required from the preventable mistake. When a adverse event happens the patient stays in the hospital longer expending hospital beds, using additional medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals. They will also need additional medical appointments and operating room time. For example, if a patient came in for an appendectomy and gauze was left in the abdomen.
Reflection and analysis on falls prevention in hospital I recently applied for a job as falls nurse specialist. For the purpose of interview I prepared a presentation on “The role of junior nurse specialist in falls prevention” (see Appendix 1). By doing research on the subject and reading different policies I realised that my knowledge was insufficient and this helped me to improve my comprehension. In this assignment I will analyse the literature about falls prevention in a hospital setting and relate my knowledge to practice area, in order to improve patient care. According to National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) (2007) each year more than 200 000 falls are reported in hospitals across England and Wales.
The number one disease then was and still plagues hospitals today is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA. Healthcare organizations have been fighting against HAIs with little success, but at a big cost. A 1992 CDC study estimates cost of HAIs and the cost of suggested infection control programs was approximately 6 percent of the total cost of the infections (Baylina, 2011). In 2003 a report was published by the United Kingdom Department of Health which "estimates that the costs associated with HAIs per patient bed for a year was identical to the cost of an infection control program apply to a hospital with 250 beds” (Baylina, 2011). These cost are linked to the increased length of stay and associate cost for treating the infection.
California is the first state to implement minimum nurse-patient staffing ratio in 2004. I support this law and believe that the law should be implemented in acute care hospitals in all states. A research conducted to examine the implications of the California nurse staffing mandate for other states suggested a probability that the surgical deaths could have been reduced in states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania if there were the nurse to patient ratio like the state of California. In my professional experience, I have come across poor patient care due to high nurse-patient ratio. Due to the high nurse- patient ratio, nurses do not have time to do charting, medicate patients on time, and provide quality care.
Policy Priority: Safe Staffing for Nurses Stephanie Minervini Chamberlain College of Nursing NR506: Health Care Policy July 2013 Introduction Inadequate staffing is becoming an increasing concern for not only nurses but the public as well. Research has found a strong connection between low nurse staffing and higher rates of patient complications. A study from the New England Journal of medicine determined that patient mortality was significantly related to nurse staffing levels. Staffing the right number of nurses with the right knowledge and skill base to meet the needs of patients is essential to achieving optimal nursing outcomes. Sources that can help us plan staffing models or determine appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios include standards defined by professional nursing organizations and regulatory agencies, and benchmarks from the American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators.
TASK 1 The research obtained in this particular study does support the conclusion. When all five area’s were studied, it verified that the incidence of ventilated associated pneumonia was decreased when oral care and dental care was performed onto these mechanically ventilated patients. The background information that was provided was direct, to the point and relevant to the impact of today’s heath care. Millions of dollars are being spent every year for incidences within hospitals that can be prevented and this study was set out to prove just that, that ventilator associated pneumonia can be prevented. The logic was simple.
There were 26 studies done that proved inadequate staffing, resulted in increased workload caused an increase in medical errors and adverse patient outcomes. The study was based on observational study that revealed adverse patient outcomes are due to nurse workloads, professional qualifications and staffing. 2. What are the objectives, question, and target population (patients, consumers, students, etc.)? In other words, who are the recipients of the services outlined in the document?
Then if an individual has to be hospitalized because of their diabetes that is about 13.9 million for just 5 ½ days in the hospital. Then there is the visit to the doctor’s office which totals 30.3 million just for all their doctor visits and checkups (Harris, 1995). Some additional costs would be total direct cost which is estimated to be 44.1 billion, chronic complications which is estimated to be 11.8 billion, and non health related medical conditions estimated at 24.6 billion (Harris,
I believe there are many nursing sensitive factors that could interfere with the care provided for Mr. J. The first I would like to discuss is the use of restraints on a 72-year-old with dementia. The use of pain medications can also affect the patient’s cognitive ability. The use of restraints place patients at risk for skin breakdown. Skin breakdown can be prevented by turning Mr. J every 2 hours and by propping with pillows side to side.