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Estimating the economic cost of nurse sensitive adverse events amongst patients in medical and surgical settings.

Murphy A, Griffiths P, Duffield C, et al. Estimating the economic cost of nurse sensitive adverse events amongst patients in medical and surgical settings. J Adv Nurs. Epub 2021 May 6. doi: 10.1111/jan.14860.

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June 16, 2021
Murphy A, Griffiths P, Duffield C, et al. J Adv Nurs. 2021;77(8):3379-3388.

Some adverse events are sensitive to aspects of nursing care, including pressure injuries, falls, hospital-acquired urinary tract infections, and medication administration errors. This retrospective study, based on patient discharge data from three Irish hospitals, characterized nursing-sensitive adverse events and associated costs. Results indicate that 16% of patients experienced at least one nurse-sensitive adverse event during their inpatient stay and that each additional nurse-sensitive adverse event was associated with a significant increase in length of stay. Extrapolated nationally, the authors estimate the economic burden of nurse-sensitive adverse events to the Irish health system to be €91.3 million annually.