Hospital Beds and Care Team Staffing
- Connection between High Hospital Occupancy and Death RatesA new study by the University of Michigan Health System study finds that admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients: high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. Researchers compared a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza. The study included 166,920 adult patients admitted to 39 Michigan hospitals over three years.
Having more nurses made patients safer, decreasing risk by 6 percent. But weekend admission raised the risk by 7.5 percent and admission during widespread seasonal flu had the greatest impact by increasing the risk of death by 11.7 percent, according to the study.
Source: University of Michigan Health System, March 9, 2010. http://www2.med.umich.edu/prmc/media/newsroom/details.cfm?ID=1512
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