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A Main Factor to Improve Patient Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 3rd, 2015

A University of Pennsylvania study showed that Kaiser and Magnet hospitals often have better outcomes than others. Why?

nurse to patient ratios One contributing factor is that Kaiser Permanente hospitals have a 4-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, on average, compared to 5-to-1 in non-Magnet hospitals, the UPenn study found.

Having more nurses ensures that patients can be more closely monitored. It also means that nurses have sufficient time to follow up with patients and communicate effectively. Nurses are at the bedside and are working with all the other providers. They’re monitoring patient conditions, and if something problematic does happen, they intervene, respond and save lives.

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