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Nurse Home Visits Improves Savings and Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 28th, 2016

As healthcare costs continue to balloon, a Duke University study points to a way for potential savings: nurse home visits. For every $1 spent on nurse home visiting for newborns, $3 were saved in healthcare costs. The home visiting program more than paid for itself within the infants’ first six months of life.

nurse home visitIn addition to providing health checks and other services, nurses encouraged families to develop strong relationships with pediatricians, and not to visit the emergency room for primary care. Infants in the study had 59% fewer emergency room visits and overnight hospital stays during the first six months of life.

Participating families had lower rates of maternal anxiety, safer home environments and showed more positive parenting behaviors, such as comforting or reading to their child. Their homes were more likely to be safe, clean and free of hazards, and included more age-appropriate books and toys. Also, if the parents chose out-of-home child care, they chose higher-quality care.

Nurse home visit programs will require even more nurses. To learn how to recruit and retain nurses, visit SelfCare for HealthCareContact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.

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