Paper Pushers in the ER: They’re More Vital Than You Think

DoctorIf you consider television as an infallible basis of truth, then doctors and nurses reign over everything in a hospital. To an extent, they are major players and probably exist in a bubble. But, to say that only they matter in a healthcare facility is distant from the truth. Without the various hospital staff and maintenance, hospitals lose two things they cannot live without, organization and cleanliness.

Whether a patient admits or not, most of their post-treatment care will depend on how effective the hospital staff can deliver. This is why recruitment feeds the capability of a health care institution. This is a task Emergency Staffing Solutions and other hospital staffing organizations do so well. It matters because it’s not just about providing patient care; it involves the well-being of the facility, as well.

Better Documentation, Better Nutrition

Providing nutrition can always be better, and through proper documentation, hospital staff can attend better to each patient’s dietary requirement. Malnutrition, though not its popular definition, is a real risk, making this a big priority. As for malnourished patients, they receive much better care from physicians if they have access to their records.

It’s all about implementing a holistic information collection, from identification to documentation to intervention to coding. It even increases the amount of payment the hospital receives for patient care, evening the benefits for both the institution and its recipients.

Overusing ICUs, Wasting Money

ICUs have a very definite purpose. Patients categorized as priority four, three, two or one should get access to the intensive wing, but not all of them will benefit from it. Some are probably too well or too sick for ICU care, and as a result, a hospital declines admission for people who actually need it. More than that, it costs money to retain them in there.

An analysis of Harbor-UCLA Hospital shows that too many ICU patients should be somewhere else, either in dedicated hospital wings or more basic care. It all comes down to the efficiency of your admission staff, and again, proper staff will improve the level of care a hospital provides.

Fast is a goal, but not in the way the fast food sector works. It means efficient, door-to-door service that pays the hospital and serves high-quality care to every patient.