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Nursing Staff Increase Can Improve Outcomes, Study Shows

By John Commins  
   March 25, 2011

“We suspect that the increase in mortality rates due to congestive heart failure in safety net hospitals are a function of patients’ overall health, rather than staffing rates, but more research needs to be done. We also need to know more about how non-RNs affect patient care,” Blegen says.

Earlier this month, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that inpatient mortality goes up significantly when a hospital has greater patient turnover and when it fails to meet its own nurse staffing targets by at least eight hours.

See also:

Nurse Staffing Effectiveness in 2010: The Interim Standards

Better Nurse-Patient Ratios Could Save Thousands of Lives Annually, Says Study

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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