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.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted the current GOP health care proposal during a rally in San Francisco on Friday, saying it would cause millions of Californians to lose their health care coverage.
A bill to regulate dialysis clinics has stalled in the California Legislature following strong opposition from the medical industry.
From single payer to universal coverage, California looks for a way to cover the uninsured.
A recently-introduced bill would ban one of the nation’s most widely-used pesticides, chlorpyrifos. The Obama Administration moved to ban it in 2015, over health concerns, but this year the Trump Administration reversed that decision.
Californians enrolled in Covered California will see premiums rise by an average of 12.5 percent next year. And Anthem Blue Cross of California is withdrawing from most regions of the state.