Link between patient mortality and low nurse staffing

Link between patient mortality and low nurse staffing

A new study, thought to be the first of it’s kind in England, has revealed that when the number of nurses falls below the essential standard, the risk of a patient dying increases “significantly”.

Previous studies have often been based on data from outside of the UK, and as it has not always been possible to establish a direct link (only an association) between staff levels and mortality, earlier research has often been open to dispute. However, this most recent study at an NHS Trust has been able to show that the risk of death increased by 3% for every day a patient was hospitalised on a ward with nurse levels below the number that was required.

Read more on this by clicking the following link: Nursing Times Article – Patient Mortality & Low Nurse Staffing

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