Thousands of patients across the country rely on hospital emergency departments for care every day. While most patients visit the ED for acute health needs such as broken bones or severe illness, some regularly misuse the ED to obtain prescriptions.
Although implementing workplace violence prevention programs can be expensive, recognizing that these changes can be profitable—and maybe even less costly—can help overcome existing mindsets to find a plan that works. Dr. Hamad Husainy is a staff physician with Helen Keller Hospital, the founder of Sycamore, and a member of Collective’s Clinical Advisory Board.
When the healthcare community discusses workplace violence, we primarily focus on ways to reduce or completely eliminate the issue. But we continue to neglect those who have already been victimized.
Proposed Regulation to Protect Privacy of Substance Abuse Patients is an Improvement, But is it Enough?
The proposed revisions to protect privacy of substance-abuse patients such as opioid users are a step in the right direction and present solid ideas for improved information sharing. But the proposed changes don’t go far enough to ensure providers have access to all the information they need in the moment they’re making life-changing decisions.
Every doc, every healthcare provider has at least one version of the same story—“I was trying to help them and they hurt me!”
It’s pretty easy for patients to disappear in the labyrinth of the medical system. Alaska’s hospitals are trying to make sure that it’s much harder.