Hospital-Acquired Infections Cause $Billions in Societal Costs

jme-minisite-logoA recent report in the Journal of Medical Economics offers a sobering insight into concerns for patient safety behind the hospital doors.  Here’s the direct quote from the research.

HAIs in US acute-care hospitals lead to direct and indirect costs totaling $96 – $147 billion annually.

This cost – and subsequent suffering to patients and families – is preventable with a safe patient standard of care.

Please sign the petition and forward the link to others to help nurses help you prevent unnecessary harm to more Minnesotans.

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Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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