Archive for March 20th, 2011

Nursing Shortages Cause Deaths

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

According to a report published by the Mayo Clinic and its partners, facilities with high patient turnover rates and not enough personnel on the nursing staff are likely to have higher patient death levels.

The study has fueled a debate about the ratio of nurse-to-patient staffing that exists in many facilities. Some believe that there should be state or federal laws mandating a minimum acceptable level. The state of California has already begun instituting such a change, and a few other states are about to follow.

It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how nice or soundproof a facility is. If there isn’t enough staff, things can definitely go awry very quickly.