Why Are Patient Outcomes Low When Patients?

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Why are Patient Outcomes Low When Patient to Nurse Ratios are High Going to the hospital is not a persons’ idea of having fun. When having to be admitted to the hospital a person would expect that they would receive the best care possible. To get healthy as soon as possible with a timely discharge and a clean bill of health. What if you were told that as a patient your outcome could be low because of staffing ratios. Nurses can see the effect that ratios have on patient care and their outcome. As the healthcare reform continues nursing support is being affected with cost cuts. Lack of Available Resources The effects of low resources are showing in the nursing care patients are receiving. There is only so much a nurse can do with…show more content…
They run into the room to see that their patient that has had hip surgery and is confused had had a fall. Which leads to a whole new list of things that must be assessed. Falls are something that happen much too often in the hospital setting due to lack of nurse staffing. “Three of four studies on the proportion of RNs reported significant effects. The three cohort studies showed that higher proportions of RNs were significantly related to lower numbers of patient falls. More specifically, small effect sizes were reported for medical/surgical and critical care units (Patrician et al., 2011) and for step down units (Burnes Bolton et al., 2007). Titler et al. (2011) evaluated the reported fall incidences in one hospital and found that with every 10% increase in the proportion of RNs, the odds of falling decreased by approximately 19%. There was one cross-sectional study showing no significant associations with patient falls” (Stalpers, Brouwer, Kaljouw, & Schuurmans, 2015). Hospital Acquired Infections and other Adverse Events With budget cuts in recent years the nursing staff ratios are taking a hard hit. As a result, patients are having to remain in the hospital longer with an increase in Hospital Acquired Infections and other adverse events. These include falls, (CAUTI) catheter-associated urinary tract infections, (CLABSI) central-line
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