HOSPITALS PUSH TO MAKE MONEY PUTS PATIENTS AT RISK
Is your local hospital constantly reducing its staff to make more money? My local hospital, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, is the largest hospital in western Virginia and is constantly trying to reduce it costs and increase its profits.
Overcrowded hospitals that are pushing too hard to streamline and cut costs are putting their patients at risk for medication errors, nerve injuries, infections and other preventable mistakes, according to a study by two Boston hospitals. The study, published yesterday in the May issue of the journal Medical Care, found that the top hospital goals – cutting costs and improving patient safety – are ‘working against each other,’ said senior author Dr. David Bates, chief of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.”