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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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Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

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Cleaning Up

Dan Zuberi

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter suggests measures for hospitals to reduce infection, as well as provide better economic opportunities for the working poor. Countries such as the Netherlands and Norway have done an extraordinary job of keeping rates of hospital-acquired infections extremely low. They have been proactive about hospital hygiene and other infection-control approaches and have largely avoided outsourcing hospital support services. From their example the chapter argues that focusing on preventive health care and public welfare are far more efficient ways of obtaining better health outcomes. Moreover, better health care is also dependent on the well-being of health support staff—in short, a new movement dedicated to fighting germs must also, on a fundamental level, uplift its workers.

Keywords:   hospital-acquired infections, hospital hygiene, hospital support services, working poor, infection control, preventive health care, outsourcing, public welfare

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