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Higher nurse to patient ratio is linked to reduced risk of inpatient death

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i797 (Published 10 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i797
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Death rates in English hospitals where registered nurses cared for six or fewer patients were 20% lower than in those where they cared for more than 10, research published in the online journal BMJ Open has found.1

Researchers looked at the number of beds per registered nurse, doctor, and healthcare support worker in 137 acute care trusts from 2009 to 2011. They also analysed the number of patients per ward nurse in a survey of 2917 registered nurses from a nationally representative subsample of 31 …

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