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The Resource Cleaning up : how hospital outsourcing is hurting workers and endangering patients, Dan Zuberi

Cleaning up : how hospital outsourcing is hurting workers and endangering patients, Dan Zuberi

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Cleaning up : how hospital outsourcing is hurting workers and endangering patients
Title
Cleaning up
Title remainder
how hospital outsourcing is hurting workers and endangering patients
Statement of responsibility
Dan Zuberi
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. In Cleaning Up, the first book to examine this transformation in the healthcare industry, Dan Zuberi looks at the consequences of outsourcing from two perspectives: its impact on patient safety and its role in increasing socioeconomic inequality. Drawing on years of field research in Vancouver, Canada as well as data from hospitals in the U.S. and Europe, he argues that outsourcing has been disastrous for the cleanliness of hospitals--leading to an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, a leading cause of severe illness and death--as well as for the effective delivery of other hospital services and the workers themselves. Zuberi's interviews with the low-wage workers who keep hospitals running uncover claims of exposure to near-constant risk of injury and illness. Many report serious concerns about the quality of the work due to understaffing, high turnover, poor training and experience, inadequate cleaning supplies, and on-the-job injuries. Zuberi also presents policy recommendations for improving patient safety by reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infection and ameliorating the work conditions and quality of life of hospital support workers. He makes the case that hospital outsourcing exemplifies the trend towards "low-road" service-sector jobs that threatens to undermine society's social health, as well as the physical health and well-being of patients in health care settings globally"--
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Zuberi, Dan,
Dewey number
362.11068/4
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The culture and politics of health care work
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hospital housekeeping
  • Hospital care
  • Hospital care
  • Hospitals
  • Nosocomial infections
Label
Cleaning up : how hospital outsourcing is hurting workers and endangering patients, Dan Zuberi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
"Stuff gets missed" : an introduction to a growing health care crisis -- Germs, blood, and cost-cutting : the daily struggle to keep hospitals clean -- Compromising cleanliness : how outsourcing keeps hospital workers from doing their jobs -- Untrained workers, unfit managers -- Breaking up the team -- Down and out in Vancouver : struggling, stressed, and exhausted hospital support workers -- Cleaning up
Control code
ocn862076564
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 182 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801469824
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)862076564
Label
Cleaning up : how hospital outsourcing is hurting workers and endangering patients, Dan Zuberi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
"Stuff gets missed" : an introduction to a growing health care crisis -- Germs, blood, and cost-cutting : the daily struggle to keep hospitals clean -- Compromising cleanliness : how outsourcing keeps hospital workers from doing their jobs -- Untrained workers, unfit managers -- Breaking up the team -- Down and out in Vancouver : struggling, stressed, and exhausted hospital support workers -- Cleaning up
Control code
ocn862076564
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 182 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801469824
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)862076564

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