Hospitalists, more RNs improve patient care

08/12/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Hospitals that hire hospitalists provide better care to patients with acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia, according to a Harvard study of 3,619 general medical and surgical hospitals. Data showed care was 21% better for heart attacks and 11% better for pneumonia when hospitalists were involved in patient care. The study also found that hospitals with higher ratios of registered nurses to patients had better care.

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