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Quality nurses could help save Ohio patients

According to an study published in JAMA Surgery, patients generally have better outcomes after surgery when their nurses have better work environments. Overall, there are fewer patient deaths after surgery in places with high quality nursing departments, and fewer patients died as a result of a complication related to a surgical procedure.

Data was gathered from 25,752 surgical patients at 35 hospitals that were considered to have good nursing environments. It was then compared to data from the same number similar patients at 293 hospitals that were deemed to lack good nursing environments. All of the patients who were part of the study were 65 years of age or older and were further matched by their type of procedure, insurance status and their race. To qualify as a quality nursing environment, a hospital had to have more than one nurse per bed. The hospitals also had to have been given "Magnet" status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The data showed that 4.8 percent of patients at hospitals with good environments died within 30 days of arriving at the hospital compared to 5.8 percent of patients at the other hospitals. Among patients who suffered complications during surgery, 7.5 percent died in hospitals with good nursing environments compared to 8.9 at hospitals without good nursing environments.

Those who are injured as a result of hospital negligence will often incur significant additional medical expenses in order to rectify the mistake, and many will also lose wages as a result of having to miss work for prolonged periods. A medical malpractice attorney can be of assistance in seeking compensation for these and other losses that an injured patient has sustained.

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