June 21, 2024
Providers | Tea Leaves
  • A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania highlighted that COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals with fewer nursing resources had significantly lower survival rates. Analyzing nearly 88,000 Medicare patients discharged from 237 hospitals between April and December 2020, researchers found that nearly a quarter of patients died during their hospital stay, and nearly a third died within 30 days of admission. Hospitals with reduced nurse staffing saw worse outcomes, with each additional patient per registered nurse correlating to a 20 percent higher risk of in-hospital mortality before the pandemic began. Similar trends persisted for hospitals with lower proportions of registered nurses holding a bachelor’s degree, lacking Magnet recognition, and receiving lower scores on nurse-reported surveys about their work environment quality. (Article here)