September 14, 2012


Keeping All Oars in the Water

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

This week, we heard that the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program has reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care units an impressive 40%, in part by tapping into and applying the wisdom of every frontline staff member. We are reminded that physicians and pharmacists, nurses and respiratory therapists, support staff and executive teams - everyone in the hospital plays an essential, cooperative role in improving care.  That's only one reason why a second report this week which finds that up to 766,000 health care and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2% sequester of Medicare spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, is disturbing.  Our take:  We need to keep all oars in the water, and all health care jobs, to continue to improve care and meet the growing needs of an aging America.

Thanks,
Rich

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