NHS research finds ‘direct link’ between staffing levels and death risk

New research at an NHS hospital has shown a “direct link” between the care individual patients receive from nurses and their risk of death due to low staffing levels | HSJ

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  • First UK study to link individual patient outcomes to nursing care and staffing levels
  • Patients were at increased risk of death when there was low staffing and high temporary staffing
  • High levels of admissions per nurse were associated with increased risk

Emerging findings from the study, the first of its kind in the UK to link nursing care to the outcomes of individual patients, also demonstrate a link between the risk of death and the use of temporary staff, as well as increased risks for patients when wards have high numbers of admissions.

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