The Hazards of Hospitals (Infographic)

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From the graphic: “We all think of the hospital as the place to go to get better. But hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors, and haphazard record keeping, you might find yourself in more trouble than you were when you checked in.

There is a large list of why US hospitals aren’t as safe as you may have thought. This infographic details medical errors, the spread of infections within hospitals, poor sanitation, and inefficiencies in record keeping.

Do you think a larger budget in Healthcare would improve hospital conditions?

The Hazards of Hospitals
Created by: Medical Billing and Coding

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  • cranky critter

    Yeah, what a nightmare. If only hospitals were highly regulated. Oh wait . . . .

  • theWord

    While you are right ( I used to work for a group that set the standards) try to imagine how bad it would be without them? I shudder to think

  • kranky kritter

    I feel you, not looking to pick any fight about regulation here. I’m not pro or anti regulation. When it comes to that, we need to try to focus on identifying and revising MISregulation. Which is a much harder nut to crack the simple answers offered by ideology.

    Couldn’t resist pointing out the irony above, though. When it comes to hospitals, how surprised can we be that lots of people die there, right?

  • theWord

    k – c ranky-
    Didn’t think you were. When it gets to the point you have to write left and right on body parts and tell people that they need to wash their hands we likely have deeper issues. Not sure what the answer is. Trust them to get it right takes scary to horrifying for me though.

  • kranky kritter

    When it gets to the point you have to write left and right on body parts and tell people that they need to wash their hands we likely have deeper issues.

    This “have to” exists in two different senses, doesn’t it?There’s “have to” in the sense of “this is the only way the system feels comfortable guaranteeing that such simple things are done properly.” And then there’s “everyone is required to do it this way or face a gratuitous sh!tstorm. It always sets me to wondering when a policy can seem both preposterous and demonstrably necessary at the same time.

    I’ve got a new chautauqua brewing. Every once in a while a seed crystal lands and a bunch of previously unconnected strands of thought come together. It’s something along the lines of

    big complicated organizations of people with highly overspecified processes where too much of the decision-making is codified and made by folks who are not doing the actual work

    That’s the story of healthcare right now, and likely a contributing factor to cost growth. But it’s also a story of government and of many large corporations. Which suggests it’s also a human nature problem. about how people behave in groups and how every group troubleshooting effort morphs into an @ss-covering festival.

    Consider the general tenor of a given effort to solve a work problem involving group cooperation. Most of the groups involved form their own imperative, which is not to come up with the best solution, but the best solution which pint the finger of blame somewhere else. Or else assigns thew responsibility elsewhere. And whoever gets stuck with responsibility is most likely to dictate an onerous process.

  • kranky kritter

    I’ve just noticed that the source of the infographic above is a group that seeks to foster codification and presumedly standardization. That is precisely an effort to codify processes by the folks not doing the work. Just sayin’.

  • theWord

    Kranky You wrote
    big complicated organizations of people with highly overspecified processes where too much of the decision-making is codified and made by folks who are not doing the actual work

    I agree the rules should be set by people in the field but that is who sets them for healthcare professionals (I think everyone I worked with who was setting policy came from the field and they brought quality and process managers from the around the world to consult and advise) Oh and it wasn’t governmental either. Ask anyone in health care if they look forward to a visit from the Joint Commission. They aren’t because they know there are many things they aren’t doing to the standard they are supposed to. Is it perfect? No, of course not. You are correct, The issue is that at some point things don’t make sense. All the Patriot Act and travel things leap to mind. The problem, is in our society, We get regulation generally because someone who thought the were unnecessary leads us over a cliff and then we either get it just right or overreact. More likely overreact. It’s there because someone demanded it and it will be there or disappear all based on who is calling the shots and we pay in both directions for overreaches.

  • kranky kritter

    Roughly speaking a lot of the time “doesn’t make sense”= overspec’d.

    When you think about such issues, take care to keep considering the idea “ass-covering festival.” When it comes to setting standards, there’s one standard that folks involved think makes sense. And then there’s the higher more onerous standard that gets sets because the person setting it feels their ass is exposed if other folks are granted wiggle room.

    In my experience it’s pretty rare that regulations and standards ever disappear. Far more often, lists just keep growing.

    Of course, most folks probably understand what you are talking about in the instance where you mention the joint commission. Sometimes the REAL administrators (the ones working where the rubber meets the road) have no choice but to do only what’s workable given available resources.

  • Steve

    The problem is that hospitals have an incentive to make money by serving as many patients as possible and maintaining a clean environment doesn’t lead to more profits. I’m not sure this issue can be solved with a larger healthcare budget, unless that money was used to hire health inspectors with the power to monitor and enforce cleanliness.

  • cranky critter

    Don’t we have to ask ourselves which of healthcare’s many problems we want solved the most? The problems cited above are real. I’m happy to stipulate that’s true. But is that where I think we need to focus reform energy? Nope, not compared to finding some way to couple high access rates with affordability.

  • Belinda Stroming

    So real. Nothing more that I can say because this post is as harsh as the shameful truth.

  • Belinda Stroming

    Health care problems plague America like the Black Plague. Ever noticed how many nurses are being employed just these past few years. America is growing weak, sick and old…. add up the shams and scams in Wall Street and Washington ..
    now we wont have any wonder wheeler left to drive us into the next decade!