Most in Queens may assume that their being discharged from the hospital is a sign that the worst of their medical ordeals is over. However, the execution of one’s discharge may have a direct influence on his or her potential for recovery. Statistics seem to back this idea up. Information shared by the AARP Bulletin shows that of a sample of Medicare patients hospitalized for surgery, 50 percent had either died or been readmitted within a year.
For the most part, the care that patients receive in hospitals and medical centers both in New York City and throughout the rest of the U.S. is top notch, delivered by skilled caregivers who understand the most up-to-date medical practices. Yet even the best clinicians may not be able to provide adequate care if they do not have all of the information regarding a patient’s case. In fact, poor communication between healthcare providers ranks as one of the most common causes of medical errors.
Those seeking treatment at healthcare facilities in Queens likely have the expectation that not only are the environments in which they are cared for clean and sterilized, but that those who will be working with them practice good hygiene, as well. Some may point to statistics recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing decreases in the number of healthcare-associated infections across the board as proof that these are ceasing to become a concern for patients in the U.S. Yet the fact remains that 721,800 patients still contract infections while receiving treatment in America.
Healthcare providers in New York City may enjoy a high level of esteem and prestige simply based off of the service that they provide. Yet some may argue that this proverbial “benefit of the doubt” could potentially empower doctors to feel as though they are justified in deviating from an accepted course of treatment. While in clinicians’ minds, such departures from the norm may be based off of their own professional opinions, others may view them as sloppy practices.
Many in Queens may frequently hear how the American healthcare system is the finest in the world. While that may be true in many regards, it should not be classified as perfect. In fact, recent studies seem to show that inherent flaws with healthcare system may actually be contributing to patient fatalities.