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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Q4ever Treatments

There's a saying that company and fish stink after three days.  The same may be true of breathing treatments.

Q4ever is a term to describe patients on Q4 hour breathing treatments until discharge.  Some hospitals have a policy that treatment orders expire after three days, yet hospitals that need extra money don't allow such a policy. Thus the result is Q4ever treatments.

The patient's been in the hospital a month and the patient's still on treatments. The doctor doesn't even know they're ordered half the time, yet they also don't want us questioning their judgement. Therefore therapy never gets adjusted as patient progresses.

Eeeks.  This policy reeks.


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