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Better nurse staffing is associated with survival for black patients and diminishes racial disparities in survival after in-hospital cardiac arrests.

Brooks Carthon M, Brom H, McHugh MD, et al. Med Care. 2020;Epub Nov 18.

Prior research has shown that lower nurse-to-patient ratios are associated with increased patient mortality. This cross-sectional analysis using multiple data sources from four states assessed the relationship between nurse staffing and survival disparities after in-hospital cardiac arrest. Results indicate that disparities in survival between black and white patients may be linked to medical-surgical nurse staffing levels, and that the benefit of being treated at a hospital with higher staffing ratios may be especially pronounced for black patients.