Home healthcare is a formal, synchronized program of care delivered by a variety of healthcare experts at the patient’s residence. In the past decade, requirement of home healthcare has grown quickly.
Journal of Patient Safety, a quarterly, has printed a paper “Household-Related Hazardous Conditions with Implications for Patient Safety in the Home Healthcare Sector” in its December, 2008 issue. This research is based upon a study; conducted at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and health. The study has recognized various types and rate of unsafe and dangerous conditions discovered in the Home Healthcare.
It was found in the survey, that physical and environmental hazards were the most common risks at home healthcare. This included loose rugs, animal hair, dust, dampness, smoke, etc. About 70% of the Home Healthcare patients in US are more than 65 years of age. Tender years make them more prone to dangerous situations.
Inadequate sanitary conditions were also found in the study. Bedbugs, rodents and roaches were noticed in 40% of the total home healthcares. As most of the aged patients live alone and are unable to carry out household chores, poor state of cleanliness was also noted being common.
The inner-city urban area healthcare homes were reported to be found in more critical condition than those present in other communities. Presence of guns in 9% home healthcares was another noticeable potential threat.
Such studies provide primary knowledge to the public about health issues. After acquiring initial information, people can begin to improve the flaws and shortcomings pointed out in such researches.