Hospital Infections Linked to Overworked Nursing Staffs

The American Journal of Infection Control has published a study that links hospital infection rates to the nurse-to-patient ratio. According to NBC News, “For every extra patient added to a nurse’s workload, there was roughly one additional hospital-acquired infection logged per 1,000 patients, according to researchers from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
For each 10 percent jump in the proportion of nurses who logged high levels of burnout, there was roughly one additional catheter-associated urinary tract infection per 1,000 patients and almost extra two surgical site infections per 1,000 patients, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Infection Control.”
The study pinpoints the problem. Now, the hospital industry must address it by training and hiring more qualified nursing staff. Just as burnout and understaffing are fixable, so too are hospital acquired infections. Yet, doctors continue to admit that hospitals are dangerous places for sick people.