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October 23, 2002

Patient Overloads on Nurses Kill

In a major study by the National Institutes of Health, it was found that every additional patient in a nurses workload increases the patient's likelihood of dying by 7 percent.

An unsurprising effect but one that will be explosive politically as nurses organizations campaign for reasonable patient loads. States like California recently passed regulaions for minimum nurse to patient ratios. This study can only strengthen similar campaigns in other states.

Posted by Nathan at October 23, 2002 07:50 AM

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