THE NEW HANDS-OFF NURSING

ARE PATIENTS AT RISK WHEN COST-CUTTING HOSPITALS REPLACE NURSES WITH TECHNICIANS AT THE BEDSIDE?

Rebecca Strunk suffered increasing discomfort as she lay recovering from a hysterectomy at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Again and again, the 46-year-old mother of two complained of pain in her upper abdomen, and again and again the people who came into her room to care for her wrote down "incisional pain" on her chart, although the incision was in her lower abdomen. Finally, after three days, as her temperature spiked and her blood pressure plummeted, Strunk's doctors suspected the truth: her bowel had been nicked in the surgery, and she was succumbing to a massive infection spawned by leaking...

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