Nurse Staffing, Burnout, & Infections

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The presence of urinary tract infections and surgical site infections appears to be significantly associated with patient-to-nurse ratios, according to a study from Rutgers University. Hospitals that reduced burnout by 30% had 6,239 fewer infections per year, amounting to potential savings of nearly $68 million annually.

Abstract: American Journal of Infection Control, August 2012.

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