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Nurse Staffing, Nursing Assistants and Hospital Mortality

Nurse Staffing, Nursing Assistants and Hospital Mortality

Lower RN staffing and higher levels of admissions per RN are associated with increased risk of death during an admission to hospital. These findings highlight the possible consequences of reduced nurse staffing and do not give support to policies that encourage the use of nursing assistants to compensate for shortages of RNs. Hospital mortality was 4.1%. The hazard of death was increased by 3% for every day a patient experienced RN staffing below ward mean. Relative to ward mean, each additional hour of RN care available over the first 5 days of a patient’s stay was associated with 3% reduction in the hazard of death. 138 133 adult patients spending >1 days on general wards between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2015.

CriticalCare.news
December 5, 2018