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

Author: Dan Zuberi
Publisher: Ithaca : ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2013.
Series: Culture and politics of health care work.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Zuberi
ISBN: 9780801450723 0801450721 9780801478963 0801478960
OCLC Number: 864539948
Awards: Winner of Gold Award, 2014 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Yea.
Description: 182 pages.
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.
Series Title: Culture and politics of health care work.
Responsibility: Dan Zuberi.

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Dan Zuberi looks at the consequences of outsourcing hospital cleaning and food preparation from two perspectives: its impact on patient safety and its role in increasing socioeconomic inequality.  Read more...

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"In Cleaning Up, Dan Zuberi describes the alarming trend of rising hospital-based infection rates in North America. In compelling detail, he discusses the key role that hospital cleaning staff play Read more...

 
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