Washing your hands seems so simple. Yet many of us can use a refresher in this basic skill – especially when we are responsible for our children’s hand hygiene.
It may seem strange to have a physician promote less medicine, but that’s exactly what the Choosing Wisely campaign is about. Started by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the campaign encourages “physicians, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary.”
As Akron Children’s Hospital moves forward with its $200 million campus expansion, a crystal ball would come in handy. With healthcare reform, changing demographics, and other uncertainties, our goal is to build flexibility into our design in every way possible. We can make educated guesses regarding future patient volumes and acuity, reimbursement levels, the always-changing technology and best practices for care, but they are just that – educated guesses.