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If you have "no place to go," come here!

On the one hand, we can't get care. On the other hand, getting care might kill us

Seems like the hospitals have the same problem the food chain does. Except worse:

I was reading this article about how 1 in 7 medicare patients, have an "adverse event" in the hospital that prolongs their stay, causes permanent damage or death. It is estimated that 15,000 medicare patients die each month due to these events. Adverse events being medical errors - wrong medication, bad reaction to medication, hospital acquired infection, surgical errors, falls, etc. It is really hard to believe it is this bad but I guess it is. Very sad. Scary.

Eesh. Sounds like the pre-collapse Soviet Union, eh?

Please, could somebody point me to a system that just works? I'm really curious, at this point, to know.

NOTE For more Soviet-style hospital fun...

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Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

but the studies are clear, increasing nurse to patient ratios consistently reduces morbidity and mortality:
http://www.ct.gov/ohca/lib/ohca/publicat...
Googling the phrase can give many many more examples of the relationship between safe staffing and better outcomes. But the first place the hospital system wants to cut is nursing staff, because that is the largest "fungible" outlay. No-one ever considers that if not the need for nurses, then you wouldn't need a hospital, because then you could just treat and release (uh-oh...)
(although, some systems tweaking would be good, like, say, checklists for any invasive procedure, but again, that takes time and staff to perform)

Submitted by hipparchia on

Please, could somebody point me to a system that just works? I'm really curious, at this point, to know.

color me dense or something, but are you being snarky here, or is this question for real?