Newest Study: Better Nurse Staffing = Less Readmissions

coverJust released in the October, 2013 issue of Health Affairs, researchers have added to the abundance of evidence making direct correlation between patient outcomes and nurse staffing.

Combining the new CMS reports on hospital readmissions with data on staffing levels, scientists determined having more nurses on duty helps keep patients from returning to the hospital after being discharged.

Even when researchers closely matched hospitals on factors, such as patient population characteristics, well-staffed hospitals were significantly less likely to get hit with penalties than hospitals with lower staffing.

In September, we learned 29  hospitals in Minnesota face penalties  for their unacceptable readmission rates.

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Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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