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    information.  Clearly the source for that information was wrong and I was happy to have someone with inside expert information come along with accurate information.

    Infections are getting worse because of antibiotic abuse (particularly in farm animals now added to their feed).  Doctors are finally prescribing them less.

    Health care institutions, however, are largely responsible for the increase because they chronically understaff to save money, not only with nurses, but with ancillary personnel like housekeeping and nursing assistants since "nurses can do those jobs".  

    However, when the nurse is cleaning a unit or emptying trash, she is NOT with her patients and there's never a fall back plan on how those patients get cared for when the nurses are doing the jobs that less skilled folks should be employed to do.

    Medicares changes in terms of withdrawing additional payments are making health care institutions wake up.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:10:09 PM PDT

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    •  Understaffing (0+ / 0-)

      Boy, I know that one all too well. As it happens, I work in one of the larger and better known university medical centers (as a software engineer), and the standards of simple cleanliness are shockingly poor due mostly to understaffing. And that was before all the layoffs over the past year.

      Last summer, I had to take my roommate to the ER for what fortunately turned out to be just an attack of gastritis, and I was so dismayed by the dirt, not just in the waiting room but in the exam room itself, that I decided to go somewhere else next time. Of course, there are four gigantic competing hospital complexes within five miles, which is not an option most people have.

      And the bright side of the downward thermodynamic spiral is, um...

      by eodell on Wed May 07, 2014 at 08:48:32 AM PDT

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      •  They lay off housekeepers, runners, (0+ / 0-)

        central service workers (who sterilize and clean equipment and instruments) and nurses aides thinking that nurses can pick up the slack.

        There IS no available time for nurses to do those jobs.  We're busy with patients.

        Some people think nurses feel "above" doing those things, but the reality is that we can do all of those jobs for people that get laid off or fired, but while we're doing other peoples jobs, who's doing OUR job taking care of patients?  

        And, trust me, hospitals try to use as few nurses as they can get away with.  In the olden days about 15 years ago, nurses in intensive care had 1 patient (that's why they called it "intensive care").  Now they have 2 or 3 patients will those same "intensive care" needs.

        I'm glad I'm retired, but fear being a patient in those conditions.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Wed May 07, 2014 at 07:55:25 PM PDT

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