Introduction A hospital setting should always be one to help or facilitate the process for a patient to feel and heal better. Never event is a serious and costly health care error that should have not happened in a hospital environment. (Colorado Business Group on Health, 2012). Falls and Trauma Fall and trauma can be prevented. A fall is often defined as “inadvertently coming to rest on the ground, floor or other lower level, excluding intentional change in position to rest in furniture, wall or other objects".
Falls in the elderly can cause all kinds of injuries and are responsible for many of the brain injuries older adults. Falls are the primary cause that older adults are admitted to hospital and this increases the need for medical services. The older the person is the more likely the fall will end up in death, the need to be in a long-term care facility or be put in a nursing home to recover. Not only does a fall cause physical problems but it can cause psychological issues for the individual. The fall itself causes the older adult to develop a fear of falling and impacts their everyday life.
A rise in emergency room visits and hospitalization and not receiving preventative care is causing the cost of health care to soar to astronomical levels (Paradis, Wood & Cramer, 2009). Nurse – to – patient ratio has been a long standing problem in Health care field. The amount of nurse to the amount of patients makes a difference in patient safety, pain management and patient health care outcomes. Legislation of nurse – to – patient ratio dictates how a nurse provides care to their patients as well the quality of that care. One bill that helps regulate these ratios is the National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act – s.992 (Boxer).
Failure-to-rescue is labeled as postoperative death from complications such as “pneumonia, shock or cardiac arrest, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, sepsis or deep vein thrombosis—for which early identification by nurses and medical and nursing interventions can influence the risk of death” (Needleman, et. al, 2002, pg. 1717). Other conditions seen in higher rates of occurrence with inadequate nurse staffing include urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers and wound infections (Needleman, 2002). Moreover, lengthier hospital stays, which are attributed to increased costs, have also been associated with understaffing (Needleman, 2002).
Background Globally, hospital acquired infection pose a significant threat to the health of persons admitted in the hospital. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Infection (CDC), nosocomial infections in the Northern American Hospitals account for an estimated 1.7 million and 99,000 infections and death each year, respectively. These infections are transmitted from one individual to another through hands of both patients and health care workers. Nurses have daily contact with patients and thus, play a crucial role in infection control and patient safety. Florence
. Conclusion In conclusion, any healthcare establishment is a place for people to get care and not be harmed. Safety is very important both for the patient and the nurse, and should not be compromised. It promotes good health and better results. References Gordon, M., Darbyshire, D., & Baker, P. (2012).
The patients cannot be properly monitored and the elderly population of the nursing home is actually being put at risk by the presence of mentally ill patients. The article states that this is a national problem as more than 120,000 mentally ill individuals are being housed in nursing homes across the nation. Some of these patients
For example, patients with a chronic illness who have less than a high school education are 3 times more likely to report being in poor health than those with the same illness who hold a college degree. Given the increasing number of vulnerable populations with 1 or more chronic health conditions, policymakers are becoming increasingly concerned about how to deal with the demands this population places on systems of care (ajmc.com)”. According to the World Health Organization, chronic diseases are diseases of extensive periods and usually slow development. “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by
After the Second World War the shortage was horrible. Now, many Americans are experiencing a serious shortage of nurses within the healthcare facilities. The shortage is caused by different factors that include aging workforce, reduction in the number of graduates from nursing schools, poor wages and other job working conditions. In addition, these shortages are forcing nurses to look for better paying jobs, such as private nursing. There is a variety of recommendations being examined as we speak.
The shortage was further worsened after the Second World War. Currently, America experiences an acute shortage of nurses within the healthcare facilities. The shortage is caused by different factors that include aging workforce, reduction in number of graduates from nursing schools, poor remuneration and other job working conditions making nurses to look for other better paying jobs in other service sectors like insurance or private practice nursing. This paper discusses ways of reducing nursing shortage in America and focuses mainly on three key issues of reducing the shortage. The issues are financial assistance programs for nursing students, creating a retention environment and strengthening the infrastructure.