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.
Teaching health centers were created under Obamacare to address primary care physician shortages in rural and underserved areas. Two graduating doctors are now faced with the decision to stay or leave.
Plumas County Sheriff's deputies will soon be better equipped to save lives thanks to a donation.
Study finds people with sleep apnea can experience changes in their blood pressure in as little as six hours after falling asleep.
Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, is open for enrollment until January 31.
(AP) - California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at an eighth state prison after 10 years of oversight.