In the news: CA nurse-patient ratio saves lives, study finds

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, April 26, 2010

A new study on nurse-patient ratios found that California's mandatory nurse-patient ratios save lives, according to the Sacramento Bee. The study, published in the journal Health Services Research, compared the mortality rates in California, the only state to enforce minimum ratios, to rates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The study, based on reports to states of deaths within 30 days of surgery and surveys completed by 22,336 nurses, found that New Jersey and Pennsylvania had a surgical patient mortality rate 10% to 13% higher than California.

It also found that the California mandate was associated with reduced stress and burnout levels among nurses.

To read the study, click here.

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