Study Indicates Nursing Levels Important to Patient Results for Some Hospitals

An interesting study was released last month that found that nursing staffing levels improved patient care in some, but not all, hospitals.  The study found that in non-safety net hospitals, higher registered nurse (RN) staffing levels resulted in fewer deaths from congestive heart failure, fewer failure to rescue deaths, fewer infections, and fewer longer than expected hospital stays. 

While the same was not true at safety net hospitals, the study found that more research needs to be done in those hospitals.  The results may be skewed because of patients’ poorer overall health in those facilities rather than staffing levels.

Overall, it can be concluded that having appropriate nurse staff working in intensive care units and non intensive care units were important to preventing medical mistakes and needless injuries and deaths.

If you have been hurt because of lack of staffing, or any other form of medical negligence, please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer today for free consultation about your rights and potential recovery.