Quote from GardenDove
Just to be the devil's advocate here, it is appalling how wasteful we are in medicine and some thriftiness would probably be a good thing.
SOME, yes of course, but I really do not think that is a big issue in LTC today. I can not speak for hospitals as I no longer work in that area. What I do see, and pretty consistently, is that some facilities are so frequently short of supplies, that you have to wonder how they even manage to function daily.
Just a few more examples, one place seldom has enough linen at night, in fact this is common in a number of facilities. If a GI bug hits, as it did a number of facilities recently, it was a hugh problem. Yet, should the state appear at the door, like magic, brand new linen (unstained) appears from the locked basement storage areas. Staff are forced to make difficult choices all the time about how to keep residents dry and clean with inadequate supplies.
I have seen them have to use wall soap dispensers because there were no
bottles or even bar soaps available to wash residents.
Or picture a facility with 4 different units having to use one glucometer between them and down to their last bottle of test strips. What time do we all have to start doing our fasting blood sugars? It is not unusual to have one pulse oximeter or thermometer device being shared by 4 or 5 different units. You are always waiting or searching for these machines. And because in many places, the nurse must do the vital signs herself, she is the one spending valuable time searching for the equipment. So, whenever there is an outbreak of noro virus or flu (like every winter) with several patients sick, it becomes very difficult, stressful, and time consuming.
I could go on and on, but I think most in LTC are seeing this. Are we wastful? How can we be? There is barely anything left to waste!