How Nurses Can Help Contain Health Care Costs

Costs of CareA safe patient standard in hospitals means a nurse would have time to listen, observe, assess and evaluate.  It means enough nurses would be on duty so patients can be treated like individuals and given the attention they deserve at the time they need it.  When that happens, health care isn’t as chaotic – and costly – as it currently is.

Without a standard of care, having the luxury of time comes sporadically, but when it does, good things happen.  From the blog Costs of Care, here’s a registered nurse offering a great example of how a little more time can save a lot more money.

Situations like these are commonplace to nurses across the country. We witness daily that more is not necessarily better, and we are in a position to help make decisions that lower costs without negatively impacting the patient’s care.

Read more at Cost Containment:  The Importance of Nurses by September Wallingford

Patient Story

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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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