Wednesday, February 26, 2014

European research on the relationship between nurse patient ratio and recovery rates after surgery

Patient-to-nurse ratios and the level of a nurse’s education directly affect the number of deaths after routine surgery, a major study published this morning suggests.
The study of almost half a million patients from nine European countries, including the Republic of Ireland, found that every one-patient increase in patient-to-nurse ratios is associated with a 7 per cent increase in deaths following surgery. And for every 10 per cent increase in nurses who have attained a bachelor’s degree, there is an associated 7 per cent decline in mortality

Read more in the Irish Times
Read more in the Guardian 
The Lancet

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