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.
Several Sacramento area hospitals appear on a recent Consumer Reports list of U.S. hospitals with low cesarean section births. Medical experts attribute a rise in the maternal mortality rate partly to an increase in C-sections.
(AP) — Congressional Republicans from California are urging President Barack Obama's administration to reject the state's request to sell insurance policies to undocumented people through its health insurance exchange.
(AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a path to open the state's health care exchange to people who cannot prove they are legally in the country.
Many Californians favor the Affordable Care Act, but many wouldn't say it has improved their health care, according to a new poll.
Beginning Monday, 35 rural counties will provide primary care to undocumented immigrants.