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Germs, Blood, and Cost-Cutting: The Daily Struggle to Keep Hospitals Clean

Dan Zuberi

in Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450723
eISBN:
9780801469824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter explores the netherworld of contracted support workers who, while working alongside doctors, nurses, and other professional staff in hospitals, remain largely on the fringes of the ... More


Cleaning Up

Dan Zuberi

in Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450723
eISBN:
9780801469824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This concluding chapter suggests measures for hospitals to reduce infection, as well as provide better economic opportunities for the working poor. Countries such as the Netherlands and Norway have ... More


Breaking Up the Team

Dan Zuberi

in Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450723
eISBN:
9780801469824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter argues that outsourcing has fundamentally compromised the teamwork required for effective infection control. Outsourced workers report to managers from their company, not doctors, ... More


Down and Out in Vancouver: Struggling, Stressed, and Exhausted Hospital Support Workers

Dan Zuberi

in Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450723
eISBN:
9780801469824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the challenges faced by hospital support workers in the aftermath of outsourcing. Because their work directly affects hospital hygiene—and thus a patient's risk of coming down ... More


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