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Commentary on: Diya L, Van den Heede K, Sermeus W, Lesaffre E. The relationship between in-hospital mortality, readmission into the intensive care nursing unit and/or operating theatre and nurse staffing levels. J Adv Nurs 2012;68:1073–81.
Implications for practice and research
Higher nurse staffing levels for postoperative care of cardiac surgery patients reduces the risk of unplanned re-admission to the intensive care or operating theatre and in-hospital mortality.
Larger international studies are needed to assess the effect of nurse staffing levels and risk of hospital-wide adverse events.
The effect of nurse staffing levels associated with adverse events in the hospital setting has been an important area of patient safety research. Market forces, in particular in North America, have resulted in efforts to reduce costs in …
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