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Nurses Play Crucial Role In Preventative Health Services [Infographic]

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Preventative Services in Health Care

Nurse Care Patient

Americans could save billions of dollars annually in health care costs per year if they would follow preventative health care practices. Nurses place a critical part in alerting and educating those in their care to these measures that can help them live healthier and happier lives.

Preventative services are often provided by nurses and do not involve extra costs for Americans. Over 20 health care services provided primarily by nurses are considered preventative. These include a long list of childhood immunizations and screenings for cancer, cholesterol, depression and hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure.  Key services include tobacco cessation work, including behavioral therapy and nicotine replacement, counseling regarding daily aspirin intake for high-risk heart patients, and alcohol abuse screenings and brief therapy.

Research indicates that if 90% of the population had access to preventative measures, 100,000 lives per year would be saved. Tobacco, alcohol abuse and aspiring screenings have led to more than $1 billion in additional savings.

Providing  free preventative services is a relatively new idea as prior to 2010 only half of American adults had received preventative services. Research also indicates that many Americans have put off preventative screenings because of excessive costs. The novelty of screenings and their costs combine to scare away many who should receive these services.

Childhood immunizations by far provide the most benefit, saving 1,233.1 life years per 10,000 individuals. Costs are also minimal as these screenings cost only 1% of the total amount spent on American health care, translating to $61.9 billion annually. These figures don't even take into account future savings, meaning even more money can be saved.


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HOW NURSES SAVE LIVES WITH PREVENTATIVE SERVICES

Adopting simple, proven preventative practices could save Americans billions in health care costs and lengthen lives. Nurses trained in basic screenings and counseling can have profound impacts.

INTRODUCING PREVENTATIVE SERVICES

Designed to help individuals avoid illness and improve health

No additional service costs

Services provided by trained nurses

The term "preventative services" is often used as a catch-all term, so IDENTIFYING PROVEN PREVENTATIVE SERVICES IS KEY

EXAMINING THE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES PACKAGE

20 proven preventative services

CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS

Screenings: Cancer, Cholesterol, Depression, Hypertension

KEY PREVENTATIVE SERVICES

TOBACCO CESSATION SERVICES

SERVICES:
Speaking with a counselor to identifying triggers
Behavioral therapy
Nicotine Replacement

 

DAILY ASPIRING INTAKE FOR HIGH-RISK PATIENTS

SERVICES:
Discussion of intake
Identifying why intake may be below/above what is necessary

 

ALCOHOL ABUSE

SERVICES:
Screening
Brief Therapy

 

Researchers note that IF 90% of the population HAD ACCESS TO THESE PROCEDURES, then each intervention alone would result in than 100,000 LIFE YEARS SAVED

 

Also, 3 OF THE 4 INTERVENTIONS (tobacco, alcohol abuse screening and aspirin) have individually contributed more than $1 BILLION TO net additional MEDICAL SAVINGS

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING FREE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES

The notion of providing preventative services is RELATIVELY NEW

Prior to 2010, ONLY HALF of U.S. adults RECEIVED SERVICES

 

Data show costs of services create major DISPARITY

SERVICES POSTPONED IN PAST YEAR DUE TO COST

Women| Men

All: 20% | 16%

Insured: 13% | 9%

Uninsured: 52% | 42%

Less than 200% federal poverty level: 35% | 31%

200% federal poverty level or greater: 13% | 11%

 

Novelty and costs combine to create UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATIONS, scaring those in need of life-saving services away

 

LIFE-SAVING STATISTICS

Life year saved per 10,000 people per year of preventative servicesMedical cost/savings of service per year per personAnnual net medical cost per person per year
Childhood immunization1,233.1$306 / $573-$267
Smoking cessation assistance97.5$10 / $50-$40
Discussing dialy aspirin use63.0$21 / $87-$66
Breast cancer screening45.0$64 / $3$61

 

IMPLEMENTING PREVENTATIVE SERVICES

INCREASING USE AND ACCESS OF SERVICES

Increase amount of PHYSICIANS AND NURSES who provide services

Create more SYSTEMS THAT IDENTIFY individuals at risk

 

COSTS & SAVINGS

Marginal delivery cost of 90% use equals ONLY 1% of U.S. personal health care spending

Cost/savings of adopting services equates to $61.9 BILLION annually

Regardless of how it is scaled, increased use of services would use an almost UNNOTICEABLE PORTION OF ANNUAL HEALTH CARE SPENDING

Long term, once savings are added in, providing proven preventative services would:

  • be cost-neutral
  • provide life-saving benefits
  • provide education on ways to improve health and behavior

 

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
School of Nursing and Health Professions

onlinemsn.usfca.edu



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  • Nurses place a critical part in alerting and educating those in their care to these measures that can help them live healthier and happier lives.
  • Over 20 health care services provided primarily by nurses are considered preventative.
  • Key services include tobacco cessation work, including behavioral therapy and nicotine replacement, counseling regarding daily aspirin intake for high-risk heart patients, and alcohol abuse screenings and brief therapy.
  • Tobacco, alcohol abuse and aspiring screenings have led to more than $1 billion in additional savings.