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Study Finds Link Between Nursing Understaffing and HAIs

A unit-level nurse staffing study conducted by Columbia University School of Nursing found an association between nurse understaffing and healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in patients, demonstrating that understaffing increases the risk of HAIs, which adds billions to healthcare costs annually. HAIs included in the analysis were urinary tract infections, bloodstream infections, and cases of pneumonia. The study, published recently in the Journal of Nursing Administration and titled “Nurse Staffing and Healthcare Associated Infection, Unit-level Analysis,” was conducted using cross-sectional data from a large urban hospital system.

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