Hospitals are one of the worst places to try to get a good night’s sleep, just when you need it the most. But what if we looked at a night in the hospital as a long overseas flight? As you settle in, they hand out eye masks and earplugs. And you cleverly brought along melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone sold at drugstores everywhere.

Researchers in China tested just that, and found that eye masks, earplugs and melatonin all helped. But melatonin helped the most.

They tested them by creating a fake intensive care unit with noise and lights, and getting 40 healthy adults to sleep in it. With the noise and lights off, their melatonin levels rose sharply until about 4 am, which is typical of a normal sleep cycle. They snoozed happily.

For A Good Snooze, Take One Melatonin, Add Eye Mask And Earplugs

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Report Reveals What Obamacare Does To Hospital Bills

Report Reveals What Obamacare Does To Hospital Bills

Every time new information comes out, it looks more and more like the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is going to be a complete disaster — for its Republican opponents. For the rest of America, the law appears to be an unbridled success. A new report in Forbes, by Bruce Japsen, who has covered healthcare and healthcare policies for over 20 years, says that as the law begins to help more and…

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Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

A recent recommendation from doctors in the United Kingdom raised eyebrows in the United States: The British National Health Service says healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are better off staying out of the hospital to deliver their babies.

That’s heresy, obstetrician Dr. Neel Shah first thought. In the United States, 99 percent of babies are born in hospitals.

“There’s really only one way of having a baby in the U.S.,” says Shah, who works at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Here, he says, delivering at home or at independent birthing centers is still not considered mainstream.

Shah was asked by the New England Journal of Medicine to respond to the British recommendation. He compared birth outcomes here in the U.S. and Britain, especially the cesarean rates, which average 33 percent in the U.S. compared with 26 percent in the U.K. And he started to think the British were on to something.

“We’re taking excellent care of high-risk women,” he says, “and leaving low-risk, normal women behind. We’re the only country on Earth with a rising maternal mortality rate.”

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detartratedetartrated asked:

Hospital births: I work on an inpatient ONC unit & WOAH BUDDY are hospitals full of nasty infections waiting to jump on you. I used to think hospitals were a great place to give birth-but after working in one(USA btw) I would not recommend it. Families rarely follow precaution protocol so diseases like MRSA & CDIFF get spread around the hospital so easily. Just don't come to hospitals unless you have to; and don't touch anything if you must (for fucks sake don't let ur kids play on the floor!)

Oh my fucking god. MRSA is so scary.  A family friend nearly died of it and she caught it at a spa.  I can’t imagine how easily transmitted it is in hospitals.  Fuuuuck that.

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50 hospitals charge uninsured more than 10 times cost of care, study finds
Researchers said the hospitals with the highest markups are not in pricey neighborhoods or big cities.
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Fifty hospitals in the United States are charging uninsured consumers more than 10 times the actual cost of patient care, according to research published Monday.

All but one of the facilities are owned by for-profit entities and the largest number of hospitals — 20 — are in Florida. For the most part, researchers said, the hospitals with the highest markups are not in pricey neighborhoods or big cities, where the market might explain the higher prices.

Topping the list is North Okaloosa Medical Center, a 110-bed facility in the Florida Panhandle about an hour outside of Pensacola. Uninsured patients are charged 12.6 times the actual cost of patient care.

Community Health Systems operates 25 of the hospitals on the list. Hospital Corporation of America operates 14 others.

“They are price-gouging because they can,” said Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, co-author of the study in Health Affairs. “They are marking up the prices because no one is telling them they can’t.”

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I want my oitbb esqu tv show about a group of American teens in a psychiatric hospital so bad. I want it written, directed and casted by neurodivergent people. I want the characters to almost all be queer,poor poc that have no family but the makeshift one they form. I want it to show the abusers that work in those fields and the dismal state of America’s mental health situation. I just want this tv show so dang bad!!!

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50 hospitals charge uninsured more than 10 times cost of care, study finds

Fifty hospitals in the United States are charging uninsured consumers more than 10 times the actual cost of patient care, according to research published Monday.

Topping the list of the most expensive hospitals is North Okaloosa Medical Center, a 110-bed facility in the Florida Panhandle about an hour outside of Pensacola. Uninsured patients are charged 12.6 times the actual cost of patient care.

The researchers said other consumers who could face those high charges are patients whose hospitals are not in their insurance company’s preferred network of providers, patients using workers’ compensation and those covered by automobile insurance policies.

Hospital OTP Prompts

I’m really scared to get this injection but you kissed me as it went in to distract me AU

I just woke up from surgery and the doctor asked if I knew you and I respond “Never seen them before. Pretty cute though” AU

You were in a coma and when you woke up I asked if you were okay and you told me that me talking to you was distracting you AU

I’m a bit loopy on the drugs they gave me for the pain and I told you that I love you and it’s the only thing I remember afterwards AU

The doctor is constantly telling you off cause you keep making my heart beat go faster when you’re talking to me AU

We’re picking up a newborn child to adopt today and you’re over excited and haven’t stopped smiling since last night AU

Something went wrong during a surgery/procedure and when I come round you’re angry at me because I nearly left you AU

But there was probably something else, something more subtle and cultural, at play. Today, many healthcare organizations study the Toyota Production System, which is widely admired as a model for safe and defect-free manufacturing. One element of the TPS is known as “Stop the Line.” On Toyota’s busy assembly line, it is every frontline worker’s right — responsibility, really — to stop the line if he thinks something may be amiss. The assembly line worker does this by pulling a red rope that runs alongside the entire line.

When a Toyota worker pulls the cord for a missing bolt or a misaligned part, a senior manager scrambles to determine what might be wrong and how to fix it. Whether on the floor of an automobile manufacturing plant or a pediatrics ward, the central question in safety is whether a worker will “stop the line” — not just when she’s sure something is wrong but, more important, when she’s not sure it’s right.

Safe organizations actively nurture a culture in which the answer to that second question is always yes — even for junior employees who are working in unfamiliar surroundings and unsure of their own skills. Seen in this light, Levitt’s decision to talk herself out of her Spidey sense about the Septra dose represents one nurse’s failure in only the narrowest of ways. More disturbing, it points to a failure of organizational culture.