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July 14, 2010

API Healthcare Issues Patient Check List: Five Things Every Patient Should Know Before Being Admitted to the Hospital

Filed under: Nursing — Shirley @ 8:35 pm
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Here’s an article I found that is quite interesting.  This is an API Healthcare news release that was posted on Sys-con Media’s website. This article is about how a patient should get himself prepared prior to admission; these questions make up some of the due diligence anyone should be doing before selecting a hospital to be admitted to for any reason.   It makes for very interesting reading and I recommend that you click over to the original to read the rest of the posting.


HARTFORD, Wis., July 14 /PRNewswire/ — API Healthcare, the leader in healthcare-specific workforce management technology solutions, today released a list of five important check-list items that everyone should consider before a hospital admission.

“Patients need to be aware of all the changes taking place in the healthcare system and how those changes can impact their care,” said API Healthcare chief executive officer, J.P. Fingado. “Some hospitals under pressure to reduce costs are cutting back on labor, which can impact the quality of care. As nurses are required to care for higher numbers of more critically ill patients, hospital executives will need to focus on optimizing their talent pool to deliver high-quality care in a cost-effective way. Patients should understand how their hospital is addressing this challenge.”

Nurses are responsible for providing the majority of direct care to patients, but many hospitals have cut back on staffing levels during the recession. As a result, more attention is being given to safe nurse-to-patient ratios – a factor that contributed to the recent nursing strike in Minnesota. Yet, as healthcare reform is expected to bring 32 million new patients into the system, and nurses leave due to retirement, burnout and attrition, industry experts are expecting a critical shortage of nurses in the near future.

“Nurses play a significant role in ensuring high-quality patient care and can impact patient outcomes,” said nursing expert, Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN. “Patients have a right to know who will be providing their care and how their care team will work together to manage their specific needs.”

Studies have shown that hospitals that commit to high-quality nursing care have lower mortality rates, fewer readmissions and shorter stays. API Healthcare recommends that patients consider the following before a hospital stay:

          Nurse satisfaction and turnover rates are important indicators of
           the quality of nursing care at a hospital.  Flexible scheduling
           and nurse empowerment can help prevent nurse burnout and result
           in a higher quality of care.  It is a plus if a facility is
           designated as a Magnet hospital, industry recognition for
           facilities with the highest quality of nursing care and high
           rates of nurse satisfaction.
          Patient satisfaction can be an excellent measure of the quality
           of care patients receive. Individuals should ask if the hospital
           tracks patient satisfaction rates and if so, request to see the
           report.  Potential patients should also review Hospital Consumer
           Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAPHS) results.
           This national standardized survey tool measures adult inpatient
           perceptions of the quality of care at acute care hospitals.
          Many states have implemented legislation or guidelines related to
           safer nurse staffing, such as overtime restrictions and mandated
           nurse to patient ratios. A lower patient-to-registered nurse
           (RN) ratio indicates...[more]

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