Nurses at private hospitals, Veterans Affairs and a university teamed up to look at the rates of hospital-acquired pneumonia in patients who aren’t on ventilators.
Sacramento State University’s Dian Baker says those cases are not widely reported.
“Hospitals weren’t going to be paid if patients on ventilators got pneumonia," she says. "Meanwhile, the other patients that weren’t on the ventilators were also getting pneumonia, but not receiving the same amount of attention.”
Baker says the team designed a year-long program of basic oral care for patients at one hospital system. At the end of the year, pneumonia rates went down by 37 percent.
“Oral health care was the most modifiable. We felt it would be the easiest to implement, and its basic nursing care, and should be happening," says Baker. "So we just thought, let’s start with that! And we had these wonderful results.”
The nurse team estimated that eight deaths were prevented, almost two million dollars were saved, and 500 hospital days were averted.
The vote was 217-213. The measure now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to undergo intense debate and significant revision.
After a series of proposals and changes, including one to create federal high-risk pools, the Republicans' health care plan is headed back to the House floor for a vote on Thursday.
California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.
The University of California says nearly $12 million has been stolen in a health care fraud scheme that targeted students through their health plans.
Sen. Ed Hernandez (D- West Covina) is once again pushing a bill that would require drug price transparency.