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.
(AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.
California public health data show the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children because of a personal belief has gone down this school year.
California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”
Covered California: More Health Insurance Carriers Can Sell Individual Policies In Underserved AreasFriday, January 16, 2015
The Covered California board of directors has adopted a new policy that will allow more health insurance carriers to sell in areas of the state where there are few options now.
(AP) -- A newborn baby has died from whooping cough in California. It's the fourth death in a year as the state deals with an epidemic.