What Are The Major Patient Safety Issues In Hospitals?

Published on October 27th, 2018

When you go to the hospital, you are expecting to get the care you need in an environment that you deem to be safe. There are issues that no one would think could jeopardize a person’s welfare while they are being hospitalized. Here are three ways that everyone who is in the hospital may have their safety compromised.




1. Too Many Patients and Not Enough Nurses

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Nurses are a critical part of the healthcare system. Without them, there would be no way that patients could have their vitals checked or have their overall health in general evaluated before heading into surgery.

If there are too many patients, then the staff at a hospital is stretched thin, and anyone needing a nurses care will have to wait sometimes for hours before a nurse can get to them. As a result, you have a room full of hurting people that need to be seen but will have to wait until a bed is freed up along with a nurse to get the help that they need.

This can be a very huge concern because a patient can have a stroke or heart attack in the emergency room waiting area while waiting for a nurse.

 

2. Hygienic Practices Between

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Practicing the hygienic standard of washing hands, changing the bed linen and sanitizing all the medical supply equipment used along with other cleaning methods are the safest way to prevent the spread of any infections.

If the doctor does not wash their hands and does not change the paper the patient lays on for the examination, you can look for every person seen by this particular doctor to get really sick. Everyone would have to be put on lockdown until the disease is eliminated.

All of this could be avoided if doctors would just remember to clean up any bio hazardous material behind each patient. That means throwing away all needles that were used, putting the used hospital gowns where they should go, and having the room the person was in cleaned up before another one is occupies it.

In fact, hospital vehicles used for patient transport should also be sanitized and thoroughly cleaned up after every drop in order to avoid spreading any possible infections, et al.

 

3. Monitoring The Medications Given To Patients During Their Stay

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Most drugs that patients are given in the hospital are controlled substances. Some of them can be considered very addicting and should be closely monitored when given patients are taking them.

Morphine is a prime example of a drug that a patient can get hooked on during their hospital stay. That is why they should not use it as a primary pain reliever. It needs to be switched out with other medications.

A properly managed hospital is a safe hospital. This the one place where no one should have to worry about or question their safety. With proper guidance, every hospital would be a peaceful sanctuary.

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