NNU President comes down hard on EHR patient safety risks
The NNU’s recent campaign has been launched to combat the ever-increasing patient safety risks inherent in EHR use and the negative impact that ACA reforms have had in terms of how patients are receiving care. Acting on behalf of various state and local nursing organizations, the NNU has claimed “unchecked proliferation” of the ongoing EHR technology. The NNU and other administration agencies in the sector are worried about the “risk of severe harm” brought in by attempts to significantly reduce hospital admissions and shift in care to more of an outpatient setting.
In a recent press release, the NNU state how clinical decision support tools are often a preemptive strike in individualized care. Rather than relying on the intuition, experience and expertise of a RN, the NNU cautions the public against relying on genetic averages and probabilities. Although EHR and EMR technologies are beneficial in more ways than one, NNU officials want to remind medical professionals that the failure of these systems results in hospitals’ medical teams flying completely blind. In addition to EHR issues, health It can be plagued with technology errors and documentation issues that can put patients in harm’s way.
NNU Co-president Jean Ross, RN, stated that the shift towards ACA standards will compound these problems, and with hospital already reluctant to admit patient due to financial factors, this problem will only worsen over time. Patient already are experiencing heightened emergency room wait times, time in “observation rooms”, and other maneuvers helping hospitals to circumvent CMs penalties and leaving patients exposed to less-than-adequate treatment procedures.
“The American health care system already lags behind other industrialized nations in a wide array of essential health barometers from infant mortality to life expectancy. These changing trends in health care threaten to make it worse,” said Ross. “Behind every statistic is a patient, and their family, who are exposed to unnecessary suffering and risk as a result of the focus on profits rather than what is best for individual patient need.”
In order to address these national concerns and move forward, the NNU is encouraging healthcare professionals to focus on technology investments in terms of better staffing. Supporting the ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses will help to ratify the likelihood of medical errors and will provide better overall service and quality of care to those patients in need.
“What we are advising every patient, every American to do is stand up and be heard,” Ross added. “When it matters most, insist on a registered nurse.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”