Increased ratio of nurses to patients may reduce infections

10/29/2013 | HealthLeaders Media

A sparse social network structure was associated with lower infection transmission rates in a study of interactions between patients and health care workers at one hospital ICU. The researchers from American University and the University of Maryland recommended hospital leaders study how staff, mainly nurses, interact with patients to limit contact with those at high risk for infection. They suggested hiring more nurses to limit the number of patients per nurse, creating a strategy for patient sharing and limiting contact to when it is medically necessary.

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