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Hoana Medical and Hawai'i Union Health and Welfare Trust Funds Partner to Fix Healthcare
Date:9/10/2008

r 'someone to fix the problem.' It clearly spotlights their commitment to their members," said Dr. Patrick Sullivan, president of Hawai'i-based Hoana Medical, Inc. "Our experience across the country is that patient safety in hospitals is part of a bigger issue of too much to do and not enough resources to deliver. The complexity of healthcare and hospitals make weighing-in with a solution a daunting task. However, most hospitals universally agree that the simple act of finding a patient in trouble early is enormously helpful, both from a patient outcome standpoint, as well as all the economics of healthcare. The LifeBed delivers a very sophisticated and complex technology in a simple and elegant form -- simplicity in a complex chaotic sea. Hospital experience with the LifeBed shows that it reduces falls, decreases mortality, and increases patient and nurse satisfaction. It's a tool that immediately alerts nurses to patient deterioration -- early recognition is the key to saving lives."

Nurses are a critical element to delivering quality care at the bedside. Nursing shortages are a growing concern in the patient safety arena, with nursing shortages contributing to higher nurse-patient ratios, which results in less patient vigilance on the medical-surgical unit. Currently, there is a shortage of approximately 126,000 nurses nationwide, which is expected to increase to 808,000 by the year 2020(2). The State of Hawai'i has a shortage of approximately 1,211 full-time equivalent nurses or a 14 percent shortfall. By 2020, that number is expected to increase to 2,669 FTE nurses or a 24 percent shortfall(3).

A recent study on nurse-patient ratios showed that " ... each additional patient per nurse (above 4) is associated with a 7 percent increase in both patient mortality and deaths following complications." Pair this with the current industry standard of four- to eight-hour nurse rounds and patients are left with a large gap in patient monitoring, where sudden
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