Surviving the Healthcare Tsunami

The implementation of major initiatives at the national level such as the Affordable Care Act, Hospital Readmission and Reduction Initiative and the National Action Plan to Reduce Health Care Acquired Infections are dramatically altering the healthcare landscape. Providers are expected to increase their level of care, reduce hospital readmission without increasing cost.

Does your organization have procedures in place to address the issue of hospital readmission that occur in the first 30 days of long-term care admission?  What is the role does the dining services department as a member of team? Is there efficient transfer of information when individuals in your facility transfer to another care setting?

Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are largely preventable but cost 22-33 billion annually.  The most prevalent infections are UTIs, C-Diff and antibiotic resistant infections. The side effects of antibiotics administered to treat these infections place older adults at risk for decreased appetite and unintended weight loss.  Probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics can be beneficial in the fight against HAIs.

Objectives

  • Assess the ramifications of the repeated emergency department visits and hospital readmission on patients and organizations
  • Examine consequences of antibiotic resistant infections and hospital readmissions on the elderly’s quality of life
  • Implement nutrition programs addressing infection control and hospital readmission without increasing cost.

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