Issue in the US healthcare system

Issue in the US healthcare system
One issue facing the US health care system especially in acute care is healthcare associated infections. According to an article by Mitchell et al. (2018), healthcare associated infection is a major issue that affects patient safety as it increases increased morbidity and mortality. Research has shown that in the US acute care settings, about 1 in 25 patients has at least one healthcare associated infection. Whereas it is the role of nurses to ensure that patients receive the required bedside patient care, all care providers are responsible for ensuring that infection prevention and control measures are implemented to prevent these infections.
Advanced nursing practice involves providing primary care to patients, particularly prevent care services. Advanced practice nurses hold a minimum of a Master’s degree and use their initial education and experience to deliver cost-effective yet quality health care. Advanced practice nurses have the role of developing and implementing infection prevention and control measures in the hospital setting. While providing acute care, advanced practice nurses should develop therapeutic plan of care that takes into consideration the patient’s history and diagnostic studies (Mitchell et al., 2018).
In addition, they should ensure that they understand the complexity of the infection process and guide other nurses in implementing measures to prevent healthcare associated infections and managing the infections as soon as they occur. Advanced practice nurses also have to engage in continuous education to remain ahead of developments in measures to effectively address and prevent health care related infections. Besides, these nurses have the role of supporting junior nurses in ensuring that they care for acute care patients in ways that prevent healthcare associated infections and ensure that best practices are used to achieve better patient outcomes.

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