Nurse Staffing, Burnout, and Health Care-Associated Infection

The following study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, links survey data to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council report on hospital infections to the American Hospital Association Annual Survey. Authors examined urinary tract and surgical site infection and found a significant association between patient-to-nurse ratio and urinary tract infection and surgical site infection. Burnout was also significantly associated with urinary tract and surgical site infections. Hospitals in which burnout was reduced by 30% had a total of 6,239 fewer infections, saving $68 million annually.

Safety and Patient Outcomes

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