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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Replacing Nurses With Assistants Tied to More Deaths

Substituting nursing assistants for professional nurses in acute care hospitals in Europe is linked to poorer quality of care and increased mortality, according to a report published online November 15 in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Studies based on US hospital populations show that increasing the proportion of less highly trained nursing personnel adversely affects patient care. Data from European hospitals have been sparse, however.

Therefore, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, Philadelphia, and colleagues analyzed the effect of increasing the proportion of less extensively trained nurses at 243 acute care hospitals in Belgium, England, Finland, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland.


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