Study: More RNs would improve outcomes for hospital patients

12/30/2008 | United Press International

Adding 133,000 registered nurses at U.S. acute care hospitals could save 5,900 lives each year, according to a study funded by the American Nurses Association. Researchers reviewed 28 staffing level studies and found higher RN ratios reduced mortality rates, cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia, lengths of stay, failure to rescue and nosocomial bloodstream infections.

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