I really had no choice of hospitals. If I wanted my trusted doctor to do the operation, I would have to go where he recommended. However, my patient experience made me aware of how many places in the chain of care where mistakes can occur.
Transparent pricing is necessary for any concept of value to have meaning, and to send appropriate signals concerning scarcity or abundance. Non-transparent pricing is a hallmark of command economies. There can simply be no meaningful competition when the prices aren’t transparent and known up front.
Healthcare policy is a moving target; and the most effective measures endure as “best practices” only until new research points the way to even better approaches.
Simply stated, there is one significant drawback: patients can't predict the urgency of their diagnosis based on initial symptoms alone.
Some groups, particularly nursing organizations, are calling for the placement of smoke evacuators in all operating rooms. As you might suspect, these efforts are being vigorously supported by the manufacturers of smoke evacuators. I attempted to find some real evidence about all this, but it is hard to come by.
No choice is without risk for the high-risk surgical patient with significant aortic stenosis.
Performance of a group timeout (of which I am actually a strong proponent) has quickly become the standard of care at most American hospitals prior to initial incision. But the bureaucrats have taken a good idea and muddled it up in layers of unnecessary complexity. The simple timeout has been expanded and diversified.
There are patients in almost every hospital emergency room who do not need urgent care. They are there because they don’t have health insurance or a regular physician, or they didn’t know what else to do. Often, they are repeat visitors. It’s a problem that leads to emergency department overuse and contributes to spiraling health care costs.
What constitutes a "good" EMR? Here are the things I think are most important.
Over the years, light boxes have all but disappeared from hospitals. Voice-recognition software and electronic medical records have made radiology reports available almost instantaneously. Information passes from the radiologist to the treating physicians quickly.
A number of unusual and often devastating complications of robotic surgery are surfacing, which has prompted one state, Massachusetts, to issue an advisory to hospitals. Defenders of the robot say it's not the technology itself but rather the surgeons who are at fault.
Fixing the problem of "superbugs" will need both faster approval of last-resort drugs and new ways to guarantee rewards for companies, according to both industry leaders and public health officials who have been sounding the alarm.
A hospital is, by its nature, the scene of constant life-or-death situations. It’s the work we nurses, doctors and other health professionals do; we chose it. The threat of harm can jazz you up or bring you down, but what it should demand, always, is the highest possible level of professionalism. Who’s at risk when that doesn’t occur?
Despite the fact that many papers have identified the problem, inappropriate blood transfusions continue in hospitals across the nation.