Unnecessary Care

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Introduction: The U.S. spends more per capita, and the highest percentage of GDP, on healthcare than any other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country as reported in the March 2009, “Trends in Healthcare Costs and Spending” by Kaiser Family Foundation. Given the unusual relationships in healthcare between consumers, payers, and providers, the ethical implications involved in healthcare decisions, it is nearly impossible to define the “right” amount to be spend in healthcare. As our nation is debating what the appropriate amount to be spend on healthcare is, this project aims on understanding the drivers for this high cost and possible ways to control them. One of the important drivers for this high healthcare cost that we identified and will discuss in this paper is unnecessary care. Although there are number of factors contributing to unnecessary care, this paper focuses on four key issues mainly sterilization, hospital acquired infections, medical errors and hospital readmissions.

Sterilization:
Background of the issue Hospitals are hygienic paradoxes. It is where patients are cured from diseases and acquire a new one. Hospital hygiene is difficult to achieve. According to the World Health Organization estimates, “more than 1.4 million people worldwide are affected by infections acquired in hospitals” (Cleanhospitals.net). Why are there so many unclean hospitals and what body of people holds them accountable for medical negligence? How do you eliminate hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and improve hospital hygiene standards?

Current status and challenges Currently, many hospitals clean, disinfect, and sterilize hospital equipment. While hospital staff and nurses may be able to be trained on the proper cleaning procedures, equipment sterilization is not a part of the nursing staff’s core competencies.…...

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