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Cleaning UpHow Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients$
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Dan Zuberi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450723

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.001.0001

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“Stuff Gets Missed”

“Stuff Gets Missed”

An Introduction to a Growing Health Care Crisis

(p.1) 1 “Stuff Gets Missed”
Cleaning Up

Dan Zuberi

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter describes the increasing prevalence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) plaguing hospitals across the United States, Canada, and Europe. It outlines the dangers of hospital infections and the tolls this takes on both patients and hospitals alike. Though steps have been taken to minimize the risk of infection in hospital environments and to promote hospital cleanliness, the problem perseveres. There are many complex factors that contribute to this problem, though this chapter focuses on the rise of outsourcing as one possible cause. The chapter delves into an in-depth study of the consequences of outsourcing in hospitals, for both the patients and the outsourced hospital workers—who are themselves victims in a larger trend of franchise capitalism.

Keywords:   hospital-acquired infections, HAIs, hospital infections, hospital cleanliness, outsourcing

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