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More Registered Nurses Decrease Mortality Rates

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 6th, 2016

Hospitals with more registered nurses and doctors per bed can reduce patient death by as much as 20 percent, according to researchers in England.

Having more nurses and doctors overall is not enough, as researchers found having more unregistered nurses increased the death rate at hospitals.

registered nurseThe researchers focused on cost-cutting measures, either reducing staff or hiring unregistered healthcare support workers to reduce workload, as at fault for some part of mortality rates.

For the study, published in the British Medical Journal, researchers reviewed administrative data from 137 acute care trusts in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, as well as surveys of 2,917 registered nurses at 31 of the trusts, which included 46 hospitals and 401 wards.

The researchers found death rates were 20% lower when nurses were responsible for six or fewer patients, as compared to nurses responsible for 10 or more patients.

The researchers caution the study does not show a cause-and-effect scenario, but indicates more careful staffing with an emphasis on training could help reduce mortality rates.

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