Hospitals Can Be Like Hotels, But Safety is a Far More Important Issue
I'm away on vacation through October 10th, but I've scheduled the posting of an article of interest most weekdays. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on each and I hope you keep up your daily habit of reading the blog.
This article caught my eye recently:
(via the NY Times)
From the start of the article:
It's possible that on-demand meals could improve patient nutrition, and massages could ease patient anxiety. But too many hospitals are spending precious resources on hotel-like amenities when they should be hiring additional nurses, an expenditure that directly improves patient health.
Nurse understaffing is a health care crisis that severely endangers patients. Hospitals cut corners by assigning nurses unsafe patient loads. California is the only state that legally requires a minimum standard for hospital-wide nurse-to-patient ratios.
As I've written before… adding more nurses is not the only way to solve the “understaffing” issue.
It's really an issue of not having enough time and capacity to provide the right patient care at the right time and in the right way.
We can also use Lean methods to reduce waste, as I've blogged about:
I'm not for cutting corners. We need to improve the way we do our work.
What do you think?