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Post-operative mortality, missed care and nurse staffing in nine countries: a cross-sectional study.
Ball JE, Bruyneel L, Aiken LH, et al; RN4Cast Consortium. Int J Nurs Stud. 2018;78:10-15.
Missed nursing care may result from inadequate nurse staffing and explain the relationship between nurse-to-patient ratios and patient outcomes. Research has shown that higher nurse staffing levels are associated with lower inpatient mortality and that reduced staffing increases the risk for postoperative complications. In this study, investigators examined data from more than 400,000 surgical patients from 300 hospitals in 9 countries as well as survey responses from 26,516 nurses. They found a significant association between nurse staffing and missed nursing care with 30-day risk-adjusted postoperative mortality. The authors conclude that measuring missed nursing care may help identify patients at greater risk for adverse outcomes earlier in their course. A past WebM&M commentary highlighted important issues associated with nurse staffing ratios.
Drawn curtains, muted alarms, and diverted attention lead to tragedy in the postanesthesia care unit.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. March 21, 2013;18:1-3.
This newsletter article discusses factors that contributed to the death of a patient in an ambulatory surgery center and recommends improved monitoring practices and alarm management in post-anesthesia care units.
Cases & Commentaries
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B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD; March 2007
Several days after a patient’s surgery, preliminary wound cultures grew Staphylococcus aureus. Although the final sensitivity profile for the cultures showed resistance to the antibiotic that the patient was receiving, the care team was not notified and the patient died of sepsis.